The prestigious Wimbledon 2019 tennis grandslam began with multiple shocks on opening day as the top seeds world No. 2 Naomi Osaka, 21, Alexander Zverev, 22, and Stefanos Tsitsipas, 20 were handed shock defeats.
Osaka, the reigning US Open and Australian Open champion and the world No. 1 till right before Wimbledon, lost 7-6 (4), 6-2 to Yulia Putintseva, an unseeded Russian who had beaten her 6-2, 6-3 just 10 days ago in the round of 16 at the Birmingham Classic tune-up to the only grass court Grand Slam.
Meanwhile, sixth seed Zverev’s Grand Slam lows plugged new depths as the 22-year-old lost in the first round for the first time in five appearances at Wimbledon.
The German world No. 5 won the first set against Jiri Vesely, who’s ranked outside the top 100. The Czech left-hander then took the next three to reach the second round with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 win.
The first-round loss for the German 22-year-old – the only man currently playing to have won at least three ATP Masters 1000 titles aside from the Big Four – is his first since the 2016 Australian Open at the age of 19.
Soon after, seventh seed Tsitsipas, who reached the fourth round at SW19 last year, struggled through five sets as he lost to Thomas Fabbiano, an Italian journeyman whose equal-best performance at a Grand Slam was the third round at Wimbledon in 2018.
Tsitsipas came back from a set down twice and even faced two match points in the fourth-set tiebreaker. He won that eventually, but keeled over in the decider as Fabbiano broke him twice in succession from 3-3 to take a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (8), 6-3 win.