One of the most beautiful tennis stories this week will be the one regarding Briton Dan Cox. Just a couple of weeks ago the 25-year-old was on court coaching for nine hours in order to earn some money and now he's made progress to second-round of Wimbledon qualifications after defeating former Junior champion at the All England Club Thiemo De Bakker in style, 6-1 6-2.
''It’s been a difficult time, if I'm honest'', said Cox to Wimbledon site.
''I had a break from the game this past year to do some coaching, for financial reasons, so this means the world to me. 'If you’d told me a couple of weeks ago I would be in this position I wouldn’t have believed you.
I was on court coaching nine hours a day, so to play like that today was pretty special.'' In order to be where he is now, 554th-ranked player in the world firstly had to make it past pre-qualifying tournament to earn a wild card entry for the third Grand Slam of the season qualies, which he successfully did.
Cox revealed that Wimbledon is his favourite tournament, and to play qualies again there is amazing for him. Next challenge in his bid to reach Wimbledon main draw will be Austrian Dennis Novak who beat Ze Zhang in his opening qualifying match, 6-4 6-2.