Jiri Vesely on a protected ranking, starts his Wimbledon campaign on Tuesday with a first-round showdown against 22nd seed Sebastian Korda. Here, Vesely will be playing his eighth match of the year. The Czech returned to competitive action in April after a nine-month injury layoff. He is still struggling with his fitness levels and has won only two matches so far. This has left him unable to claw his way up the ATP world rankings and is currently ranked number 573. In his last match, he was defeated 2-1 in qualifying in Mallorca by eventual semifinalist Lloyd Harris. Vesely has never lost a first-round match at the All England Club and will hope to preserve this record despite his struggles.
Sebastian Korda arrives for his second Wimbledon appearance after his semifinal finish in London. This moved him to a career-high ATP ranking of number 25. The American has played only 18 matches this year due to a wrist injury that kept him out for three months. He has been victorious in 12 of those 18 fixtures with three of his wins coming on grass. Korda withdrew from last year’s Wimbledon Championship with injury and will be out to try and surpass his exceptional debut showing in 2021. Playing for the first time here, Korda made it all the way to the fourth round. This was his Grand Slam highlight before he reached the Australian Open quarters this year. The winner here will next play the winner of the tie between qualifier Hamad Medjevdovic and unseeded Christopher O’Connell.
Vesely’s lack of considerable court action this year will cost him here. Aside from this, he has also lost more than he has won, which isn’t what can be said of Korda. Our prediction for Jiri Vesely v Sebastian Korda is for the match to end in a straight-sets win for Korda.