Hsieh Cheng-Peng qualified for Wimbledon for the first time this year, a story we chronicled a few weeks ago.
The 25-year-old and American partner Max Schnur weren’t able to take the story further. They had a tough ask in the first round of the main draw.
Hsieh and Schnur were beaten 7-5, 6-1, 7-6 (5) by the far more experienced team of Marcin Matkowski and Max Mirnyi.
But, as always, Hsieh maximized the moment.
Here’s what it looked like.
Other than the first-round prize money of about $7,000 US, the Wimbledon debut didn’t change his life. Hsieh earned 25 ranking points for getting through the qualifying and losing in the first round. But his ranking, currently at No. 112, didn’t budge.
In fact, it will drop a few spots next week, as the 80 points Hsieh earned with partner Tsung-Hua Yang by winning a Challenger in Gimcheon, South Korea will drop off.
Coming to America
But unlike previous years, Hsieh has come to America.
It’s only the second time in his career; the first time came when he played a pair of late-season Challengers back in 2011.
Hsieh and countryman Peng Hsien-Yin (his regular partner this season) were directly entries into the Hall of Fame tournament in Newport. It was only Hsieh’s fifth ATP Tour appearance (he played Nice and Marseille in France the last two years).
They held six match points against the Aussie team of John-Patrick Smith and Matt Reid in the first round, but fell in dramatic fashion, 4-6, 6-4 … 22-20. So he’s still looking for his first win at the ATP Tour level.
As it happens, Hsieh’s Wimbledon partner Schnur also had a cliffhanger in his first-round match in Umag, Croatia with fellow American James Cerretani. Schnur and Cerretani lost 7-6 (5), 0-6, 13-11 to the British pair of Aljaz Bedene and Dominic Inglot.
There are several North American Challengers in the next few weeks: Granby, Binghamton, Lexington, Aptos, Vancouver. So that’s undoubtedly where they’re headed.