Jason Kubler lifts pre-Wimbledon grasscourt title to buoy Australian hopes

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Queenslander Jason Kubler has loved the primary grasscourt triumph of his profession within the Ilkley Trophy, one of many British warm-up occasions for Wimbledon.

Whereas Alex de Minaur was reaching the ultimate of the celebrated Queen’s Membership Championship in London, Kubler was having fun with his breakthrough triumph on the smaller second-tier Challenger occasion in Yorkshire on Saturday.

The 30-year-old beat in-form Austrian Sebastian Ofner, the event’s prime seed, 6-4 6-4 within the last to reveal his readiness for one more crack at an excellent run at Wimbledon the place he made the final 16 in 2022 in solely his second look on the grasscourt slam.

“It feels particular, a primary grasscourt title,” Kubler stated.

“This grasscourt season has been good.

“I made the quarter-finals in Surbiton (in England) and I had a reasonably powerful match towards Ugo Humbert in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (within the Netherlands).

“To get a whole lot of matches going into Wimbledon has been the principle purpose and getting the wins right here has made it a bit extra particular.

“Main into Wimbledon, I’m positively feeling snug on the floor, and hopefully I can hold taking part in good tennis.”

Kubler, the previous world junior No.1, has loved a second straight spectacular season after years of damage woes, and can leap greater than 20 locations within the rankings to No.74 after his first event win in 2023.

After his victory, Kubler was flying off to Mallorca to hitch fellow Australian Wimbledon hopefuls Chris O’Connell, Jordan Thompson and Max Purcell for his or her last ATP warm-up occasion earlier than Wimbledon kicks off every week on Monday.

Nick Kyrgios had additionally been as a consequence of compete on the Spanish island however has pulled out with persevering with issues over a knee downside that threatens his Wimbledon participation.

-AAP


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