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De Voest downed in doubles

It hasn’t been a great week at Wimbledon for Rik de Voest. The South African’s challenge wound down on Wednesday when he went out in the first round of the doubles competition.

On Tuesday he lost to Germany’s Julian Reister in four sets. On Wednesday he teamed up with another German player, in Mischa Zverev.

But it was all to no avail as the couple went down in three sets on Court No 15 — 6-7 4-6 3-6 to the third seeds Lukas Dlouhy of the Czech Republic and Indian veteran Leander Paes.

There was perhaps some consolation for South Africans in the fact that the man who beat our top-ranked player, Kevin Anderson, in the first round of the singles draw, Russia’s Nikolay Davydenko, went out in the second round.

And even more fitting was that the Russian seventh seed went out in four sets to another German, Daniel Brands.

De Voest had beaten two Germans in qualifying to get to Wimbledon and then lost to Reister in the first round.

Doubles title hopefuls, our Wesley Moodie and Dick Norman of Belgium get their 2010 campaign underway on Thursday, on the same Court 15 that De Voest went out on Wednesday.

It’s a cruel draw that pits fellow Moodie up against a fellow South African Jeff Coetzee and his Belgian Kristof Vliegen.

Mark Etheridge