Fernanda Contreras follows in the footsteps of Gomez’s grandfather. ProIQRA News

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Fernanda Contreras Gomez never went to the All England club until this weekend, becoming the first Mexican woman since 1996 to play in the main draw at Wimbledon.

She felt like she knew her way around the place well, though. This is because Contreras Gómez, 24, has been listening to the stories of the Grand Slam Grand Slam tournament from his grandfather since childhood. His grandfather, Francisco “Pancho” Contreras Serrano, reached the mixed doubles semifinals at Wimbledon in 1958 and also played singles there.

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Contreras Gómez said that walking in the fields was really good. “It’s like, ‘Someone pinch me!'”

He qualified for the French Open in May and then won the first round match in the main draw there. She qualified for Wimbledon last week, and, ranked 154th, lost her first-round match in the main draw on Monday, losing 6-1, 6-1 to Poland’s 65th-ranked Magda Lenit. Defeated by 4.

Contreras Gómez’s enthusiasm did not fade.

“It was still so magical. There were moments when I was like, ‘Oh, my God, I’m in London. It’s crazy. I had a beautiful court with a view of the center court. Everything was ancient.’ The grass was really green. Very little used. I was swimming. It was great. ” Educated and played tennis in Vanderbilt.

“There was joy. There were moments of uncertainty, ‘Am I going to play with the rain today?’, And patience,” he said. “Oh, I’m going to play. I’m about to get out of court.”

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His grandfather told him about the grinding of the tennis tour, especially the travel involved, in his days in the sport. He said he remembered the births of each of his four children while playing and gave each one a middle name to note where he was competing at the time: Altamira, Cleveland, Brisbane and yes. , For a son born in 1958, Wimbledon.

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The two spoke on the phone when Contreras Gómez won the right to participate in the off-site qualifying rounds.

His message to his granddaughter?

“I am very proud of you. There is another F. Contreras in the Wimbledon draw,” he said.

After his one-hour match against Linette, Contreras Gómez said he intended to talk to his grandfather on Tuesday.

“I’m sure,” he said, “they would like to compare how my experience was with him.”

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