Fighting for main rounds has begun on the green grass of the National Training Centre (NTC).

The stakes are high, with a guaranteed first round place in Wimbledon's main draw and a £23,500 cheque (62% up on last year).     

Sadly Dan Evans failed in his quest yesterday going down to 31 year old Spaniard Daniel Munoz-de la Nava in 3 sets.

However new Brit Dave Rice, and a resurgent Jamie Baker safely reached the second round.

“Veteran” Alex Bogdanovic also pulled through.

Sadly fellow vet Josh Goodall chances of bagging and income boost were dashed by Australian Groth who beat him in 2 sets.

Elsewhere, the top 2 men seeds both suffered shock defeats.

Today it’s women’s day. All eyes are on 7 Brits.

They are, Katy Dunn, Naomi Brody, Emily-Webley Smith, Jade Windley, Anna Smith, Lisa Whybourne and Amanda Carreras.

I wish all of them the very best.

Looking forward to reporting on more good news.

Happy tennis till then.