Wimbledon hopes for Dancevic stopped by Czech

Frank Dancevic of Niagara Falls has been eliminated from Wimbledon play.

When his rain-suspended opening round match against Radek Stepanek resumed Tuesday (June 27), the 27-year-old Czech Republic player ousted the 21-year-old Dancevic, 7-6, 6-3, 6-4. When play was halted on Monday their opening set was tied 5-5.

Dancevic is seeded No. 125 in the world while Stepanek sits at No. 13. The 21-year-old Dancevic made his Wimbledon debut with a 7-5, 76-, 6-4 qualifying win last Thursday against Noak Okun of Israel.

He was seeded sixth in the qualifying draw and earlier defeated Italian Andrea Stoppini 6-1, 6-1 and South African Wesley Whitehouse 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.

Dancevic, who turned professional in 2003, was the lone Canadian in the main draw of singles play at Wimbledon after Frederic Niemeyer of Magog, Que., lost in the first round of men’s qualifying and Aleksandra Wozniak, of Blainville (Quebec), and Stephanie Dubois, of Laval (Quebec) lost in the first round of women’s qualifying.

Stepanek, who turned pro in 1996 and has six Wimbledon appearances, has career earnings of $US3,475,718 to Dancevic’s $US262,837.