Wimbledon 2015: Liam Broady says win unlikely to fix family rift

By Piers NewberyBBC Sport at Wimbledon
Wimbledon 2015: Liam Broady beats Marinko Matosevic
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British number six Liam Broady does not expect his thrilling first-round victory at Wimbledon to heal a rift with his father.

The wildcard from Stockport beat Australia's Marinko Matosevic 5-7 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-3 on the opening day.

Broady fell out with his father Simon in 2012, when the 21-year-old chose to work with the Lawn Tennis Association.

Asked whether the result might help bring the family back together, he said: "I doubt it."

The Broady family made history on Monday as Liam and sister Naomi became the first British siblings for 37 years to play at Wimbledon.

Liam, ranked 44 places below his opponent at 182nd, enjoyed the best win of his career as he came from two sets down to claim his first victory in a Grand Slam main draw.

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"It means everything," said the former Wimbledon junior finalist, who plays Belgian 16th seed David Goffin in round two.

"It's my home tournament. I've had good success here before. It's been a long road to finding myself in the main draw of a Slam. I couldn't be happier."

Naomi Broady watched some of her brother's match from courtside before losing her first-round contest 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 against Mariana Duque-Marino of Colombia.

Simon Broady once withdrew his children from the LTA system after a disciplinary issue with Naomi, who remains on good terms with her father.

"To be honest, my dad's not even popped into my head with the result," said Liam Broady, who accepted LTA funding again three years ago.

"But it was fantastic to have my sister there and the rest of my family watching.

"That's what makes it more special, being able to share such a moment that I'll remember for the rest of my life with so many people that I love."

Broady guaranteed himself at least £47,000 in prize money by reaching round two, but could forfeit some of that after being given an audible obscenity warning.

"Being from Manchester and 21, you know, my friends, people swear," he said.

"But it's not right to do it, obviously, in front of a couple thousand people, especially when there's young kids in the audience."

Naomi Broady could not match last year's first-round win but the world number 200 felt she had earned her place in the main draw.

"I'm proud of myself," said the 25-year-old.

"I'm sure some people will have some negative comments when the wildcards lose in the first round, but fortunately they don't comment for the rest of the year, so that's fine by me."

Naomi Broady reached the Wimbledon second round for the first time last year
Naomi Broady reached the Wimbledon second round for the first time last year

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