Wimbledon | Broady plays for the glory

Liam Broady has the opportunity to avenge the defeat of fellow Brit and pal Jack Draper when he takes on Alex De Minaur for a place in the last 16 at Wimbledon.

I’d play Wimbledon for no points and no prize money Liam Broady

And he has the support of England and Manchester City footballing superstar Jack Grealish.

City football supporter Broady might just repeat an impersonation of his favourite club’s £100m signing if he succeeds.

Wild card Broady scored what he described as “the biggest win of my career” when he overcame Argentinian 12th seed Diego Schwartzman. He survived even after losing 11 games in a row, joking: “I had you all fooled.”

The 28-year-old left-hander celebrated the victory by putting a finger in each ear.

Grealish adopted the on-the-field gesture, which signifies attempting to block any verbal criticisms following his big-money move from Aston Villa.

Broady said: “It’s the Jack Grealish celebration, isn’t it? I just like Jack Grealish.”

The remark prompted a tweet from an approving Grealish the day before Broady’s scheduled meeting with De Minaur on Saturday. The footballer stated: “What a guy! Can’t wait for tomorrow!! You got all our support bro!! Cammmmmm on sannnn.”

Broady, who hails from Stockport, a town which spawned three-time Wimbledon champion Fred Perry, aims to make the most of his first Slam third-round encounter.

His opportunity to move into the second week, it seems, is down to a more business-like approach to the sport.

The perception of Broady was of an individual who enjoyed a night out.

That has all changed. He is determined to succeed – for the glory rather than the money.

He said: “I’d play Wimbledon for no points and no prize money.”

Laughing he added after beating Schwartzman: “At least I get the prize money (£120,000 as it stands)! I might just withdraw it all and just like lie on it.”

But being serious, he said: “At the end of the day, as nice as the prize money is, I’m not serving at 5-1 and thinking, “F***, I’ve got 120 grand on the line here”. I’m serving and thinking I’m about to beat Diego Schwartzman. It is a nice bonus.”

And he warned De Minaur: “Sometimes I struggle a bit to put the ball in the court but my heart is always there.”


Liam Broady muscled his way into the third round

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