American tennis player Tim Smyczek forgot to register for the Wimbledon qualifying tournament after failing to read an email sent by his agent. Smyczek, ranked at No. 113 in the world, would be one of highest ranked players in qualifying had he signed up for the tournament.
Smyczek's agent Dustin Taylor checked out the players' list for Wimbledon qualifying when it came out and found two of his three players signed up. He checked the list over 10 times but Mitchell -- Krueger and Denis Kudla were there -- but couldn't find Smyczek.
Smyczek was at the airport -- on his way to the Netherlands -- where he was scheduled to open his grass season at the Libema Open in 's-Hertogenbosch -- when agent Taylor revealed him the news. "I pretty sure that the first time that's happened to me.
It's a tough lesson to learn," Smyczek said. Former world No. 68 Smyczek has played in the Wimbledon main draw only once -- in 2015 -- when he lost to Italian Fabio Fognini in the first round. The American tried to reach the Wimbledon main draw through qualifying seven times in the past -- but never managed to win three matches in a row.
"I don't watch a ton of tennis to begin with, but I really didn't want to turn on the TV to watch any Wimbledon this year," Smyczek added. Also read: Filip Krajinovic withdraws from Umag