At just after 5.30pm, after four hours on a No2 court flooded with sunlight, Lleyton Hewitt drew on what minimal reserves of energy he had left to wave his warmest ever wave to the Wimbledon crowd.
Nearly every player who came in this weekend for pre-tournament media obligations at Wimbledon was asked about Serena Williams, and her chances of sweeping all four grand slam events in one year.
Formula E had come to London hoping it would deliver a spectacular finish to a season that has visited 10 cities over nine months. The last meeting was a double-header over two days and Battersea Park delivered in style.
Mo Farah has been warned by a tearful former team-mate that more revelations about Alberto Salazar are in the pipeline and he risks tarnishing his reputation if he stays with the coach.
Renault’s involvement in Formula One has been thrown in to further doubt after Carlos Ghosn, the company’s chairman and chief executive, said that options, including an exit from grand prix racing, remained open.
Novak Djokovic has denied on the eve of Wimbledon that he and his coach, Boris Becker, are cheating when exchanging glances during play, although the laws of tennis specifically forbid any communication.
Rafael Nadal has launched a withering broadside at the Spanish tennis federation after its president was suspended pending a financial investigation, adding to the sense of disarray enveloping the organisation as a result of the controversy surrounding Gala León’s appointment as the country’s first female Davis Cup captain.
England meet in Spaghetti Western country to prepare for the Ashes shootout.
Earlier this year, the story goes, Sir Dave Brailsford was watching the time-trial stage of a World Tour race on television, witnessed one of the 22-year-old Yates brothers riding out of his skin to a high overall placing and muttered something like: “Ouch, we should have signed that one.”
There will be some who dismiss the first international motor racing event to be held in London for 43 years, since the last meeting at Crystal Palace in 1972, as the sport returning with a whimper rather than a bang, but that would be to do Saturday’s all-electric Formula E race a disservice.
It was the most infamous fall in Olympic history and now Zola Budd has told how she deliberately slowed down after she tangled with Mary Decker who came crashing to the ground at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.
Jon Jones’s suspension from the octagon has been extended after officials revealed on Monday that the UFC star tested positive for two banned estrogen blockers, clomiphene and letrozole.