What started out as another quiet day in paradise turned into a rolling parade of shocks and minor surprises: Novak Djokovic beaten for only the second time in 30 matches this year, and Aljaz Bedene targeting Rafael Nadal’s once-feared forehand on clay, before losing anyway.
When Andy Murray returned to the playground of the rich, loud and tipsy for the first time in three years, he was pleasantly surprised to leave the ochre bear pit that is Court Rainier III with applause acclaiming a victory rather than the whistles and boos that fell upon him on previous visits.
Tennis doesn’t do grand farewells, with trumpets blazing to announce the conclusion of one era and the beginning of another; change is usually more dignified, with measured, almost imperceptible abdications allowing space for the next princeling.
Andy Murray looks an “exhausted” player, according to the former British No1 Annabel Croft.
The comeback road for Laura Robson remains long and arduous after the former British No1 fell at the first hurdle at the Miami Open.
Serena Williams waded into the tennis sexism row on Tuesday and urged Novak Djokovic to explain to children why male players deserved more money than their female counterparts.
Novak Djokovic has taken to his Facebook page to apologise for his comments over pay in tennis.
Martina Navratilova has suggested that female players could boycott one of the most prestigious tournaments in tennis after its chief executive caused outrage with remarks that women were “riding on the coattails” of the men’s game.
Judy Murray’s reign as Great Britain’s Fed Cup captain is set to come to an end. Murray has reportedly informed the Lawn Tennis Association that she is stepping down from her duties to make more time for her family.
There was a time, in the second set, when the tiara slipped a little on the head of the princess of women’s tennis.
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.
The only Scottish independence Andy Murray is interested in this week is his own and, unshackled from extraneous distractions, he is doing an excellent job of rediscovering the focus that went missing in the early stages of the French Open last month.
The big man is back.
This is a story of the crusader and the diplomat: two men, born within a week of each other, who have shared tennis courts all over the world for nearly two decades and who are now at the summit of their sport, yet some distance apart on one key issue – corruption.
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.
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.
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.
Andy Murray and Viktor Troicki have history, not much of it light reading.
Johanna Konta collapsed to her knees midway through her match in stifling heat at the US Open before recovering to record an astonishing and controversial win in three sets over the Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova. The incident sent a worrying shiver through the tournament as high humidity drained even the fittest players – and few are better conditioned than the British No1.
When Dan Evans, Heather Watson and Laura Robson came to New York in 2013 for the US Open, none could have envisaged how dramatically any of their lives and careers would unravel over the next three years. On day two of this year’s tournament each had a slightly different story to tell.
Andy Murray could hardly have made a more satisfying start to the 2016 US Open than he did here on the revamped Arthur Ashe Court in the last night match on Tuesday, demolishing the stubborn Czech, Lukáš Rosol, in under two hours.