If ever there was a bad time for Andy Murray to lose focus at the start of a grand slam tournament it surely arrives on Centre Court on Tuesday when, in front of his returning coach, Ivan Lendl, he plays Liam Broady, one of four British wild cards in the men’s draw and ranked 235 in the world. Murray would probably have to emigrate – to Scotland.
Laura Robson was given a jolting reminder of how hard the road back to tennis’s top table will be after she was thumped by the fourth seed Angelique Kerber in little over an hour.
There was a time, in the second set, when the tiara slipped a little on the head of the princess of women’s tennis.
The fact that Marcus Willis was appearing at Wimbledon at all, he said earlier this week, was already “surreal” – only the 23rd best player in Britain and the world No 772, he is the second lowest-ranked player in the men’s singles competition this year and the lowest-ranked player to have earned a place through qualifying in almost 20 years.
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James Ward’s first visit to Centre Court in his seventh Wimbledon campaign probably was his last, but he seemed to enjoy it – perhaps a little more than the man who beat him in three sets, Novak Djokovic.
As we mentioned last year, the Guardian prefers to wait until the end of the playoffs before handing out our NBA awards.
When James Ward heard he was to play Novak Djokovic on Centre Court in the first round at Wimbledon on Monday, he reacted as any son of a London taxi driver might. “Oh fuck,” he said, when Pierre‑Hugues Herbert showed him the draw on his mobile phone at the All England Club.
Adam Gemili described it as the “best feeling in the world” after straining to a narrow victory in the men’s 200m at the UK trials. There were smiles, too, for Danny Talbot, a hair’s breadth behind in second, who also secured his Olympic place. But at least one top British sprinter will shortly find his Rio ambitions shattered after a day of intrigue and drama in Birmingham.
Eddie Jones has demanded significant further improvement from his England players if they wish to feature at the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
UFC middleweight Josh Samman has died at the age of 28 after spending nearly a week in a coma at a Florida hospital, officials have confirmed.
All Blacks star Aaron Smith has been sent home from South Africa after “breaching team standards regarding behaviour” after he was seen walking into a disabled toilet cubicle with a “female friend” at Christchurch Airport.