Resilient Fourlis reaps rewards and ready for Wimbledon debut | June 28, 2022 | All news | News and Features | News and Events
Australian Jaimee Fourlis is eager to make her main draw debut at Wimbledon.
Jaimee Fourlis was planning to take a break in Paris alongside her sister over the next fortnight but is expected to make her Wimbledon main draw debut instead.
“A little reorganization of the trip, but that’s good,” she laughed.
The 22-year-old from Melbourne is delighted after qualifying for a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her career.
“I didn’t expect to be here, but I’m here now,” said Fourlis, who saved two match points in his first round qualifier.
“You can’t really put into words how you feel… I’m quite honoured.”
This will be Fourlis’ fourth career Grand Slam main draw appearance – and first since appearing at the 2018 Australian Open as a teenage wild card.
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After undergoing shoulder reconstruction in 2020, the return to Grand Slam level was long and difficult.
“I had surgery almost two years ago and I think that’s where reality hit to be honest where I might not be able to get back to that level,” Fourlis said.
“But through hard work and perseverance, I showed that I could do it. And it’s also an honor for my home team. There are many people who have helped me get to where I am. So I’m really grateful that they are always by my side and those of my family. I know now that I can do whatever comes into my head. »
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After starting the 2022 season ranked 329th, Fourlis is currently ranked 150th in the world, a career high.
She built an impressive 36-13 win-loss record and won three ITF titles, while progressing to the Australian Open mixed doubles final alongside compatriot Jason Kubler.
“Knowing where I’ve come from so far is huge,” said Fourlis, who has won 15 of his last 16 games.
Fourlis will face Belgian veteran Kirsten Flipkens in the first round of her Wimbledon debut. The 36-year-old is a former world No. 13 and was a 2013 Wimbledon semi-finalist.
“I know she’s a top player and she has amazing experience. I’m going to have to go out there and play my best tennis,” Fourlis said.
They have met once before, in Fourlis’ WTA main draw debut in Hobart in January 2017. Flipkens won that match in two tight sets.
“I don’t know if she’ll remember it, but I definitely do,” Fourlis said.
“It’s going to be a good battle.”
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