Britain’s participation in men’s singles ended on day five at Wimbledon with painful defeats for Andy Murray, Cameron Norrie and Liam Broady.
The trio exited the tournament within 90 minutes on a Friday night that also saw French Open winners Novak Djokovic and Iga Swiatek triumph on Center Court.
Carlos Alcaraz and Aryna Sabalenka, two favorites to take their respective singles titles at the All England Club, were the other notable winners on a record day of the Championship when temperatures hit 29ºC.
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90 minutes to forget
- 5.59pm – Cameron Norrie loses to Chris Eubanks in four sets
- 6:17 p.m. – Andy Murray loses to Stefanos Tsitsipas in five sets
- 7.29pm – Liam Broady loses to Denis Shapovalov in four sets
British hopes were high at the start of Day 5: Murray had two sets to one against Tsitsipas, Cameron Norrie met unseeded Chris Eubanks and Liam Broady before taking on 26th Denis Shapovalov.
Amid numerous twists and turns, that hope turned to despair as every home favorite left Wimbledon between 17:59 and 19:29.
Norrie suffered the first knockout blow when he went down and never got back up in four sets against Eubanks before Murray suffered a heartbreak in five sets 18 minutes later.
Broady ended the hour and a half in pain when he missed a chance to take a two set to one lead before finally losing in four sets.
That means Katie Boulter, who enjoyed good success in mixed doubles with boyfriend Alex De Minaur on day five, remains the youngest British singles player in the tournament.
And she faces the small task of knocking out defending champion Elena Rybakina on Center Court on Saturday.