Serena Williams, on the eve of her last-16 match against Svetlana Kuznetsova here, described every defeat she suffers as “major international news”.
It is not every day that a bride-to-be breaks into a broad smile while confessing it would be a “dream come true” if her wedding was cancelled. But Dominika Cibulkova, a 27-year-old from Slovakia, has better reason than most to hope her special day this Saturday is postponed. Because it will mean she is playing in the Wimbledon ladies’ final.
Wimbledon and etiquette tend to go hand in hand but on Monday, on Court No7, there was a curious incident involving a leading doubles player, a refused bathroom break and a ball-can.
In the hours after his stunning win against Novak Djokovic in the previous round, Sam Querrey watched every little rerun he could get his hands on, loving the moment.
After this most tumultuous and savagely unpredictable of summers it was reassuring to find a national institution on which Britain can rely.
Kieren Fallon has announced his retirement from the saddle at the age of 51 as a consequence of struggles with his mental health. The six-times champion jockey, who has taken no rides over the past week, asked the Irish Turf Club’s chief medical officer, Dr Adrian McGoldrick, to break the news on his behalf.
Mercedes refused to point the finger at either driver after Lewis Hamilton and Rosberg clashed at turn two on the final lap in Austria but all the evidence points to Rosberg being at fault.
As rousing motivational speeches go, it left a lot to be desired.
Tiger Woods kept a low profile in his role as a vice-captain as the USA took a comprehensive win in the Ryder Cup after a hard-fought match and some quite brilliant golf but he will be unable to escape the spotlight when he returns to the course as a player on Thursday.
Mercedes have hit back at claims of foul play by insisting “anyone with an ounce of intelligence” knows they would not sabotage Lewis Hamilton’s car.