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Saturday 26 July 2014

Wimbledon: There's no dream return for courageous Ross Hutchins

Ross Hutchins on day one of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 23, 2014. See PA story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No video emulation. No false commercial association. No manipulation of images. No use with any unofficial third party logos. No transmission of images to mobile services.
Ross Hutchins on day one of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 23, 2014. See PA story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No video emulation. No false commercial association. No manipulation of images. No use with any unofficial third party logos. No transmission of images to mobile services.

Ross Hutchins made a losing return to Wimbledon as he and Colin Fleming were knocked out in the first round of the men's doubles.

Hutchins missed the whole of last season while undergoing successful cancer treatment and returned to the tennis tour at the start of the year.

He and Fleming reached the semi-finals in Eastbourne last week by beating Pablo Cuevas and David Marrero but came a cropper against the same pair at Wimbledon, losing 6-3 4-6 6-3 7-6 (7-2).

Hutchins was thrilled to be playing at the All England Club again despite the result, saying: "It felt great.

"Obviously it's a shame to be sitting here after a loss in the first round. But this is my home club. I live three minutes away. It's great to be back having missed last year.

"It's the best tournament in the world. It's what you want to perform well in. We played okay but didn't perform to our absolute best. We got outplayed a little bit today. It was a tight match but credit to them. They played better than us and deserved to win.

"I was very excited and sort of enjoyed it, enjoyed the feeling. There wasn't actually any nerves before the match."

Hutchins has set ambitious goals after his return, targeting a spot at the end-of-season ATP World Tour Finals, something they narrowly missed out on in 2012.

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