Querrey focussed on long Wimbledon run, not honeymoon

Sam Querrey is currently in the midst of a strong run of form. (Reuters pic)

LONDON: Sam Querrey’s honeymoon plans might be staying on hold for a while if the American continues to play as he did in his Wimbledon opener against Jordan Thompson on Monday.

The 11th seed married fiancée Abigail Dixon on June 9, but the big-serving 30-year-old has been hard at work preparing for the year’s third Grand Slam ever since.

Last year’s beaten semifinalist looked smoothly impressive in a 6-2 6-4 6-3 first-round win to set up a meeting with wildcard Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine.

Another long run could be on the cards.

“Not really. We went home for three days and flew over for Queen’s,” Querrey said when asked whether he had managed to squeeze in a honeymoon. “If you count that as a honeymoon. I don’t think she does.

“Maybe down the road. Neither of us want to really take a honeymoon right now. We travel so much during the year anyway.

“Maybe at the end of the year, we will do a honeymoon somewhere close to where we live.”

Querrey, one of 14 American men in the main draw, has not always found Wimbledon’s lawns to his liking, which is curious considering the natural weapons he possesses.

In the last couple of years, something appears to have clicked, though. Last year, he ended defending champion Andy Murray’s hopes in the quarterfinals before losing to Marin Čilić in the semifinals — his best Grand Slam run to date.

He also reached the quarterfinals in 2016 when he beat another defending champion, Novak Djokovic.

“I like playing here. I like playing on the grass,” Querrey, who won 39 of his 42 first-serve points against the Australian world number 99, said. “I’m hoping I can make another run like the last couple of years.”