Wimbledon giant Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard stands at 6ft 8″ and smashe | Tennis | Sport


You can’t miss him when he’s on court, but French star Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard is starting to make headlines off it at Wimbledon. At 6ft 8”, the 20-year-old towers above the majority of his opponents, and at SW19 this year he’s putting his frame to good effect.

After enjoying the fortune of becoming a ‘lucky loser’ to make the main draw, the world No.58 was handed a difficult first round tie against the seeded Sebastian Korda.

And for more than three hours and 20 minutes, the pair went to toe-to-toe as the first four sets were decided by tie-breaks before Mpetshi Perricard took the decider 6-3.

But while winning your first ever match at Wimbledon is one thing, to do it in the manner that the youngster did is quite another. Mpetshi Perricard didn’t waste time becoming embroiled in lengthy rallies, serving a huge 51 aces to leave Korda stunned.

It fell well short of the record number in a single match at the championships, with John Isner holding that marker with 113. However, his effort in 2018 against Kevin Anderson came before the era of final set tie-breaks, with the clash lasting 11 hours before the American went down 26-24 in the decider.

Mpetshi Perricard would undoubtedly have threatened that number had he been afforded the same length of time on court. Things were more straightforward in his second-round match with Yoshihito Nishioka. Only 27 service winners were needed this time around in his 6-4 6-1 6-2 victory.

He faces Finnish player Emil Ruusuvuori in the third round, and seemingly has a huge chance to topple the world No.88 and make the last-16. Having fallen at the first stage in the French Open the last two years, Mpetshi Perricard’s showing in London already represents his best effort at a Grand Slam.

And it’s a remarkable story, given he was beaten at the final stage of qualifying by compatriot Maxime Janvier. However, he was handed a spot due to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina’s withdrawal, and admitted that developments have meant he’s playing free of pressure.

“It was good news for me and it is a big chance to come back and play a match in Wimbledon because I was out in qualifying,” he said. “I have nothing to lose now.”

And it’s a remarkable story, given he was beaten at the final stage of qualifying by compatriot Maxime Janvier. However, he was handed a spot due to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina’s withdrawal, and admitted that developments have meant he’s playing free of pressure.

“It was good news for me and it is a big chance to come back and play a match in Wimbledon because I was out in qualifying,” he said. “I have nothing to lose now.”



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