Levy glad to go home

Harel Levy was in philosophical mood after he and American partner Jim Thomas suffered a straight sets defeat in the first round of the men’s doubles.

Playing on court 10, the pair lost 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 against Serbian duo Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki. The match finished in disappointing fashion as Levy lost his last service game to love.

The Israeli has failed to pass the second round in the singles at any grand slam this year and also failed to make it through the Wimbledon qualifiers in the singles.

“I didn’t played as well as I could,” he said. “Our opponents were in good form and came to Wimbledon having reached the quarter-finals at the French Open.

“I’m sad that I lost lots of points from last year as it will affect my ranking.”

At 29, Levy has no plans to retire. “It depends on the body and it depends on the mind. I’ve been to Wimbledon for many years. I like this tournament and had some good results on grass. Unfortunately it didn’t work out so well for me this year.

“I’ve been travelling for eight consecutive weeks now so I’m a little tired. I need to go home and rest a little bit. The hunger is very important in tennis because everyone wants to win and if you don’t have it, it makes things difficult.”

    Last updated: 3:58pm, July 27 2009