When Garbiñe Muguruza won the French Open less than a month ago, one of her first thoughts was to question how on earth Rafael Nadal has won nine titles in Paris. Winning seven matches to secure a grand slam title requires everything to be in sync, something the Spaniard found out the hard way on Thursday when she was dumped out in the second round.
Nico Rosberg has dismissed arguments for changes to the restrictions on team radio, after his Mercedes team‑mate Lewis Hamilton was unable to take advice from his crew on how to change an engine mode at the last round in Baku.
There have been a lot of smiles on home fans’ faces this week, a rarity in recent years, with the exception of the response to Andy Murray’s outstanding exploits.
Undoubtedly, Shane Lowry won’t encounter anything like the level of conspiracy theory, sniping from Olympic boxers or otherwise that was afforded to Rory McIlroy after the latter withdrew from all matters Rio last week.
The £50,000 Marcus Willis collected in two matches at Wimbledon this week sounds like the sort of money that would encourage young players across the country to rush to their nearest tennis club and start swinging a racket.
Agnieszka Radwanska made up for lost time as she recorded a quickfire 6-2, 6-1 win against the Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova on Wednesday, needing only 63 minutes to book her place in the second round.
Protected by the Centre Court roof and fortified by his tenacity, nothing was going to stop Novak Djokovic from securing his 30th consecutive grand slam victory, a record in the open era. The rain could not touch Djokovic and nor could Adrian Mannarino, who produced some delightful touches without ever coming close to bloodying the world No1’s nose.
It took an extra day but for Jo Konta it was worth the wait. The Briton finally earned her first Wimbledon singles win, at the fifth time of asking. Having led Mónica Puig of Puerto Rico 6-1, 2-1 overnight after Tuesday’s rain delay, Konta made a slow start on the resumption, under still menacing skies, but recovered well to take her place in round two for the first time with a 6-1, 7-5 victory.
If Easyjet happened to run an extra flight or two out of Turkey each day, Marcus Willis would never have made it to Wimbledon, never have played on Centre Court, never have aced Roger Federer.
Not one person managed to call all six games correctly in last week’s edition of our Pick Six contest, but this is not the time to feel downhearted.
Jenson Button views the Formula One title race with the wistful gaze of the non-contender. He is in 15th place with 19 points, 269 behind the leader, Nico Rosberg. He was a champion once, in 2009, and with 300 races behind him his opinion is meaningful as Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton do battle over the final races of the season, starting with Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix.
Ben McAdoo, the first-year head coach of the New York Giants, made a brief statement and took several questions from reporters after his team practised on Wednesday. The first nine questions happened to be about the Green Bay Packers, Sunday’s opponent. McAdoo was a Packers’ assistant for eight seasons, the last two as a coach for quarterback Aaron Rodgers.