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.
Britain's vote to leave the European Union has hit the tennis lawns, too.
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.
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.
For years Marcus Willis has played doubles and a bit of singles for peanuts in empty arenas in every tennis backwater from Kuwait to Charlottesville, Virginia. His Tour earnings would not pay for a holiday in Tenerife or a three-course meal for him and his dentist girlfriend, Jenny Bate.
Serena Williams left Wimbledon a year ago heading for New York and history: the first calendar grand slam since Steffi Graf’s in 1988 was one win away.
First she was in tears, then she was smiling and laughing and in the end she was clutching a trophy after being made a lifetime member of Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club.
On a significant day for the women’s game in Britain, it was fitting that Johanna Konta achieved one of her most impressive wins in her home town, a year since her incredible rise up the rankings began in this tournament.
After this most tumultuous and savagely unpredictable of summers it was reassuring to find a national institution on which Britain can rely.
The British No1, Johanna Konta, scored an impressive victory on her first appearance in a WTA final when she defeated Venus Williams 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 in the Stanford Classic in California on Sunday.
Andy Murray is up and running at Wimbledon. He took just an hour and 42 minutes to beat Liam Broady 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 on the Stockport 22-year-old’s first visit to Centre Court, and the 2013 champion could hardly have played better.
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.
Kyle Edmund might be the future of British tennis, as Andy Murray told a delighted Queen’s audience after beating the fast-rising 21-year-old Yorkshireman in three absorbing sets on Friday – but the Scot is still very much the incumbent.
For as long as they play the game, Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych will always have the semi-final of the 2015 Australian Open.
This is Andy Murray’s moment, no question; one for the Scot to build on as he savours victory in an outstanding Wimbledon final three years after his first.
Tennis fans have questioned the BBC for allowing John McEnroe to commentate on the Wimbledon semi-final between Roger Federer and Milos Raonic while working as Raonic’s coach.
Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has contracted a virus that prevents her from eating and for which she will receive treatment at an Italian clinic at the end of this summer’s championship, she has said.
Angelique Kerber is in the semi-finals of the US Open, completing a five-year journey that has taken her through most of the highs and lows the game has to offer.
Ivan Lendl has been with Andy Murray for all his greatest achievements in tennis. So, when he saw what everyone else saw during some down moments at this US Open, he urged him to “give it everything you’ve got''.
Novak Djokovic has finally put on his game face.