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Chocolate fan and surf lover: Guide to top stars’ Wimbledon rivals

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Kwon Sung-woo may be munching on a chocolate bar on Center Court when he takes on defending champion Novak Djokovic in the opening match of Wimbledon on Monday.

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Meanwhile, Harmony Tan, who plays Serena Williams on Tuesday, will have plenty of time to devote to her love of surfing if she leaves.

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AFP Sport talks about four players trying to stun the All England stars:

Kwon Sung-woo

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— The 24-year-old South Korean faces the unenviable task of taking on six-time winner and defending champion Novak Djokovic in the first leg on Center Court on Monday.

Kwon, ranked 75th, is energized by rummaging through his bag for a Kit-Kat snack in the yard before heading out for a weekend karaoke session.

He reached the second round of Wimbledon in 2021, losing in five sets to the German Dominik Koepfer.

Has some form on the grass court having reached the semi-finals in Eastbourne from qualifying in 2021.


— Earlier this year, the 22-year-old Argentinian, ranked 42nd, stunned the sport with his run to the Miami Masters semi-finals, guiding top 30 players Reilly Opelka, Gael Monfils and Yannick Sinner along the way.

At world No. 103, he was the lowest-ranked semi-finalist in the tournament’s 37-year history.

However, he has only won two matches since that breakthrough and is unlikely to bother Rafael Nadal when they meet on Tuesday.

Tennis is in the Cerundolo genes and younger brother Juan Manuel won the Córdoba title in 2021.


— Croatia’s Fett, ranked 255th, qualified and advanced to the first round.

The 25-year-old lost to Russia’s Daria Kastakina in her debut at the 2018 tournament.

On Tuesday, she will take on world No. 1 and French Open champion Iga Swiatek, who is on a 35-win streak.

Fett will earn $61,000 if, as expected, she loses to the all-conquering Pole – an impressive purse for a player who has earned just $53,000 since the start of the year.


— World No. 113 in France, Tan’s job is as unenviable as Fett’s as she tries to beat 23-time tournament winner Serena Williams.

Tang, 24, will make her Wimbledon debut but at least she has Wimbledon experience as her coach is Natalie Toziat, who finished second in 1998.

The son of Vietnamese and Cambodian parents, Tang is an accomplished pianist and surfer who is often seen riding the waves in Biarritz.

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