It was Wimbledon but not the real thing. Perhaps over the next few days the Olympic spirit will permeate a tournament searching for some sort of London 2012 mood but the first day produced little more than curiosities, not the least of them the near departure of the reigning Wimbledon champion, Roger Federer.
Steven Pienaar will complete a permanent return to Everton from Tottenham Hotspur this week, subject to a medical.
Great Britain's hopes of winning a medal on day one of the Olympics took another hammering after Hannah Miley finished fifth in the women's 400m individual medley final.
The much-billed clash between Michael Phelps and his fellow American swimmer Ryan Lochte in the men's 400m individual medley ended with a resounding victory for Lochte, who left his rival trailing in fourth place.
We keep hearing all these stories about how good Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is. He's the man with the plan - so good a plan, in fact, that it took 15 years to pull together. But if he really is so good, then why can't he use striker Andy's Carroll's undoubted talents for the benefit of the club ?
Mitt Romney will meet with Israeli leaders on the latest leg of his three-nation foreign tour in a move that comes as Republican party strategists are making an aggressive pitch for American Jewish voters.
London 2012 organisers have promised a "full review" after thousands of empty seats were visible across various venues on the first day of competition.
The chancellor, George Osborne, has insisted that the world still has confidence in the British economy after a credit rating agency confirmed Britain's AAA rating.
The head of the American government's secretive National Security Agency has taken the unprecedented step of asking a convention of computer hackers to join him in an effort to make the internet more secure.
Permission to expand Craven Cottage is another indicator of Fulham’s steady improvement.