Sam Querrey of the U.S. shakes hands with Australia’s Jordan Thompson after winning their first round match (REUTERS)
LONDON, July 3 (Reuters): Sam Querrey’s honeymoon plans might be staying on hold for a while if the American continues to play as he did in his Wimbledon opener against Jordan Thompson on Monday.
The 11th seed married fiancee Abigail Dixon on June 9 but the big-serving 30-year-old has been hard at work preparing for the year’s third Grand Slam ever since.
Last year’s beaten semi-finalist looked smoothly impressive in a 6-2 6-4 6-3 first-round win to set up a meeting with wildcard Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine.
Another long run could be on the cards.
“Not really. We went home for three days and flew over for Queen’s,” Querrey said when asked whether he had managed to squeeze in a honeymoon. “If you count that as a honeymoon. I don’t think she does.
“Maybe down the road. Neither of us want to really take a honeymoon right now. We travel so much during the year anyway.
“Maybe at the end of the year we will do a honeymoon somewhere close to where we live.”
Querrey, one of 14 American men in the main draw, has not always found Wimbledon’s lawns to his liking which is curious considering the natural weapons he possesses.
In the last couple of years something appears to have clicked though. Last year he ended defending champion Andy Murray’s hopes in the quarter-finals before losing to Marin Cilic in the semi-finals — his best Grand Slam run to date.
He also reached the quarter-finals in 2016 when he beat another defending champion, Novak Djokovic.
“I like playing here. I like playing on the grass,” Querrey, who won 39 of his 42 first-serve points against the Australian world number 99, said. “I’m hoping I can make another run like the last couple of years.”
Querrey is well-known for his calm demeanour on court but it has nothing to do with complex psychology, more to do with trying to read his putts on the locker room carpet.
“A lot of times I’ll chat in the locker room. They have a little putter, putt some golf balls. Chat with friends,” he said when asked what his pre-match routines consist of.
“They have new carpet in there this year so we don’t really know who’s read it yet. If Mardy Fish was still playing it would be him (the best putter).”