Weird scenes, these.
Great Britain will have a representative in Thursday’s junior quarter-final matches after Gabriella Taylor recorded an impressive 6-1, 6-1 victory over Switzerland’s Rebeka Masarova in their girls’ last-16 contest.
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.
Roger Federer has played many great matches at Wimbledon in the past 17 years but few to match his comeback here on a warm Wednesday afternoon.
There are no plans for players to be handed more control over stoppages in play because of bad light or adverse weather during grand slams, despite several matches at Wimbledon featuring disputes with umpires about the conditions.
It is 19 years since Venus Williams first played at Wimbledon, an opening step on the path to what has been an incredible career. Almost two decades on, the 36-year-old is back in the semi-finals here for the first time in seven years, an achievement which in many ways is every bit as good as any of the five titles she has pocketed here along the way.
The thought occurred that the stronger server was the favourite when the second set rolled into a tie-break.
Andy Murray is investing in a combination of Gyrotonic yoga and cantaloupe melon to ensure he is at his formidable best before Wimbledon’s quarter-finals on Wednesday.
Serena Williams, on the eve of her last-16 match against Svetlana Kuznetsova here, described every defeat she suffers as “major international news”.
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.
And then there were none. It has not quite been a week – and a decent chunk of that has been lost to rain – but British interest in the women’s singles was ended in the Friday gloaming at Wimbledon. Tara Moore, the last of six home players in the draw, was defeated by the veteran Svetlana Kuznetsova in a rollercoaster encounter 6-1, 2-6, 6-3.
‘Twice as good” is a phrase that some know so well, but which others, those who have never needed to be taught about it, may not recognise at all.
If CiCi Bellis’ charmed US Open run suggested a player ready to compete at the tour level, then Friday night’s one-sided defeat to the world’s second-best player showed just how far the teenager from Silicon Valley has to go.
Milos Raonic said he had no regrets following his defeat by Andy Murray and vowed he was “not going to leave any stone unturned” in his pursuit of a first grand slam title.
Rarely can so many disbelieving eyes have been trained on Novak Djokovic. The whole of tennis was watching the best player in the world lose the plot, the match and – however briefly – his aura on No1 Court here on Saturday, and it was not an altogether pretty spectacle.
Many players dream of winning grand slam titles but, in an era dominated by Serena Williams, few women have had a look in. Garbiñe Muguruza’s stunning 7-5, 6-4 victory against the American in the French Open final on Saturday not only gave the women’s game a new champion but someone who at 22 may just be the heir apparent to Williams’s throne.
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.
Coach wanted. Very competitive salary. Negotiable hours. Travel the world. Ability to work under pressure essential. Only bona fide tennis legends need apply.
Novak Djokovic has finally put on his game face.
Juan Martín del Potro, in his quiet and ambling fashion, has built up a steady body of work on his return to the tournament he won in 2009, and, with the crowd warming to every pistol crack of his huge forehand, he enters the quarter-finals on Wednesday as a dangerous contender.
Of the eight players left in the men’s draw of the 2016 US Open, Andy Murray has hit the highest pitch of excellence – and the fastest serve of his life – in allowing Grigor Dimitrov just five games in two hours of exhilarating tennis.