Kyle Edmund last Brit standing at Queens as rain delays Stefanos Tsitsipas tie

Kyle Edmund stretches for a backhand at Queen's
Kyle Edmund remains in the hunt (Picture: Getty Images)

It was a tough day for the Brits at Queens on Wednesday, with all but one of the home participants dumped out of the singles competition.

Cameron Norrie and James Ward had already crashed out on Monday, with Dan Evans and Jay Clarke following suit with their respective first-round defeats, while Edmund was a set down before rain brought a halt to play late on Wednesday evening.

Edmund was struggling against Stefanos Tsitsipas – the Greek world No. 6 making his debut at the Fever-Tree Championships – in what was an impressive first performance in these parts.

Tsitsipas led 6-3 3-3 when the rain came, a welcome reprieve for Edmund. The only really awkward moment for Tsitsipas came when he accidentally clocked a line judge in the face.

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Stretching for a return, the ball hit the frame of his racquet and flew at the official midway through the first set.

Tsitsipas, to his credit, rushed straight over to check he was ok and play was able to continue, although the rain soon brought an end to proceedings. Play will resume at 11am on Thursday in what will be a jam-packed schedule.

Evans had earlier tumbled out at the hands of Stan Wawrinka.

The three-time Grand Slam champion was too strong for the British No. 3, who was on a 10-match winning streak having won back-to-back titles in Surbiton and Nottingham, and won 6-3 6-4.

Dan Evans wipes sweat off his face during defeat at Queen's
Dan Evans was beaten (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

While it was disappointing from Evans perspective, Wawrinka showed signs of being capable of a decent run on grass this summer. Wimbledon, of course, is the only Grand Slam he is yet to win.

Clarke – who was handed a main draw wildcard earlier in the day -followed him out of the draw. He made a good fist of the opening set against Lucas Pouille but fell away in a 7-6 (7-2) 6-1 loss.

Australias No. 1 Alex De Minaur was a shock casualty on Day 3 as he let a one-set lead slip to crash out to Aljaz Bedene 6-3 4-6 4-6.

Nick Kyrgios, meanwhile, saw his match pushed back another day and he will face a new opponent.

Frances Adrian Mannarino was forced to withdraw and was replaced by Roberto Carballes Baena.

One man whose future in the draw remains unclear is Juan Martin del Potro, who suffered a knee injury during his win over Denis Shapovalov.

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