Katie Boulter and Alex de Minaur at centre of Wimbledon 'disgrace'

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Alex de Minaur and Katie Boulter, pictured here at Wimbledon.
Alex de Minaur and Katie Boulter have both moved into the third round at Wimbledon. Image: Instagram/Getty

Angry tennis fans have blasted Wimbledon organisers over the schedule for Saturday's play, with British sensation Katie Boulter on the receiving end of a staggering snub.

Boulter has captivated the tennis world at her home grand slam, surging into the third round after taking down 2021 runner-up Karolina Pliskova.

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Her dream run coincides with that of Aussie boyfriend Alex de Minaur, who has also moved into the third round in impressive fashion.

But Wimbledon organisers sparked anger on Friday when they released the schedule for Saturday's play, with Boulter's clash with Harmony Tan (who beat Serena Williams in the first round) shunted out to Court 2.

Many thought Boulter would be on centre court or Court 1 at the very least, but were left seething when she was scheduled on the 1500-spectator Court 2.

As well as not being featured on one of the showpiece courts, Boulter's match will also be open to the weather as Court 2 doesn't have a roof.

De Minaur will take on Liam Broady - the only other British player in action on Saturday - on Court 1.

But many thought organisers missed a trick in not scheduling home hopes Boulter and Broady in back-to-back matches on centre court or Court 1.

Katie Boulter, pictured here after her win over Karolina Pliskova at Wimbledon.
Katie Boulter looks on after her win over Karolina Pliskova at Wimbledon. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

Coco Gauff will instead open proceedings on centre court against compatriot Amanda Anisimova, ahead of Petra Kvitova's clash against Paula Badosa.

Rafael Nadal will then take on Lorenzo Sonego in the final match on the main court.

After De Minaur and Broady, World No.1 Iga Swiatek will face Alize Cornet on Court 1, before Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas' blockbuster clash.

Fans have flocked to social media to decry the decision to put Boulter on Court 2, with many labelling it a 'joke' and 'disgrace'.

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Boulter said she takes inspiration from De Minaur after causing a Wimbledon sensation 48 hours after a personal tragedy.

British fans have been desperately seeking a new home heroine following the exit of Emma Raducanu - and found one the very next afternoon in Boulter, who came from a set down to to knock out last year's finalist Pliskova 3-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-4.

Thursday's second-round win was the biggest of Boulter's career as the 25-year-old defeated the Czech star who was Ash Barty's final victim on her run to the Wimbledon title last year.

And Boulter revealed in heart-rending fashion afterwards that it had come just two days after her grandmother had died.

"I'm going to get so emotional. I'd like to dedicate it to her," she told the crowd.

Boulter, whose progress has been hampered by a series of injuries, says she's taken heart and strength from De Minaur's work ethic as Australia's No.1 men's player ever since they started going out more than a year ago.

"He is the epitome of a fighter and someone that goes out and gives their all every single day," she said.

"That's what I aspire to be like. He helps me do that. I'm a very lucky girl."

De Minaur also spoke fondly of Boulter after beating Jack Draper 5-7 7-6 (7-0) 6-2 6-3.

“Before we talk about my match, could we talk about Katie Boulter today?” he said. “I mean, she had a pretty good win herself.

“I am extremely stoked to get this win, it was a battle out there, Jack’s a hell of a competitor, hell of a talent and he’s got a very bright future ahead of him.”

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