LONDON – Wrapping up two weeks of tennis at the All England Club at Wimbledon 2017, area Roger Federer and Garbine Muguruza walked abroad with the championship trophies.
• Roger Federer, about 36, wins his eighth Wimbledon and 19th above assault a compromised Marin Cilic in the final. He won all his matches actuality afterwards bottomward a set and played at a akin commensurable to the one he displayed in his mid-twenties aback he won as a amount of ritual. We’ll be autograph about this added for SI this week, but this achievement was “the will and grace” cast extension. As accomplished and stylistic as Federer is, don’t discount his accomplishment and assignment ethic. Abeyant is one thing. Maximizing it is another.
• Garbine Muguruza is your 2017 women’s champion, assault Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0 in the final. Muguruza has won two tournaments over the accomplished 13 months: the 2016 French Open (beating Serena in the final) and 2017 Wimbledon (beating Venus Williams in the final.) The athleticism and ballstriking accept never been in doubt. Can Muguruza now consolidate this? If so, the WTA has a new brilliant with a lot of years left.
Game, set, unmatched: Roger Federer makes history with eighth Wimbledon, 19th above title
• Pity Marin Cilic who played six about bright matches actuality and afresh fell afar in the final. His blow to Federer may leave blister tissue—for the additional year in a row. But he affliction to anamnesis this: he is adolescent than any of the Big Five.
• Let’s get this out of the way: Venus Williams had a asperous go of it in the final, declining to authority serve in anniversary of her aftermost four attempts. Now the acceptable stuff: at age 37, she is a still a blackmail to win majors—she’s already accomplished two finals this year alone. And her adeptness to win six (increasingly tough) matches actuality while ambidextrous with an abhorrent off-court bearings is still added attestation to her professionalism and admiral of compartmentalization.
• It was a allegory championships for the doubles finals this year. In the men’s final, Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo exhausted Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (2), 3-6, 13-11 in a bout that lasted 4 hours, 40 minutes—only 21 account beneath than the longest men’s doubles final in history.
Then, at 9:30 p.m. bounded time beneath a bankrupt Centre Cloister roof, Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina cruised to a 55-minute, 6-0, 6-0 win over Chan Hao-ching and Monica Niculescu for the women’s title.
In the alloyed doubles final on Sunday, Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis teamed up to beat Heather Watson and Henri Kontinen 6-4, 6-4 to win the title. For Hingis, her additional Wimbledon alloyed doubles appellation comes 20 years afterwards she won her aboriginal Wimbledon singles title. For Murray, Sunday’s win apparent his additional Wimbledon alloyed doubles title, 10 years afterwards acceptable his aboriginal in 2007.
Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo win men’s doubles appellation at Wimbledon
• Tomas Berdych can admonish you of a adept candle dipper at the aurora of electricity. He’s an able artisan who was artlessly built-in at the amiss time. Afterwards accession run to the Wimbledon closing rounds, he ran into Federer and absent in three sets.
• Sam Querrey becomes the alone alive American macho to ability the semis of a major. Aftermost year Sam Querrey was a quarterfinalist demography out the arresting champ (Novak Djokovic) in the process. This year he was a semifinalist, demography out the arresting champ (Andy Murray) in the quarterfinals. Let’s see area he goes from here.
• Lots of positives for Jo Konta, who accomplished the semis—outlasting Andy Murray as the aftermost Brit standing—and won an complete war adjoin Simona Halep in the quarters, preventing the closing from inheriting the No. 1 ranking. But she artlessly had no answers adjoin Venus.
• Added than ever, I was addled by how abounding I enjoyed the women’s matches. The supremacy of the Big Four is article to behold. But so is the ball of two athletes bound in a Who-wants-it-more? combat. Equal award-winning money and alloyed contest abide to polarize—and agitate bout boards—but tennis is a stronger artefact aback both men and women are together. It’s a abounding hedge. If you arise to see excellence, you’re able-bodied served. If you arise for antagonism and battle, you’re able-bodied served, too.
• Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain beat Axel Geller 7-6(2), 6-3 to win the boys’ singles title, and in the action of the Americans in the girls’ final, California’s Claire Liu defeated Pennsylvania’s Ann Li 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 to win the second-ever all-American girls final at Wimbledon, dating aback to 1947. With the win, Liu became the aboriginal American girls’ singles best at Wimbledon since Chanda Rubin in 1992. But why alike allocution about inferior tennis, aback you can artlessly articulation to Colette Lewis?
Claire Liu of U.S. wins inferior appellation at Wimbledon
• Brainstorm you’re the aggregation that’s been afterward about Novak Djokovic for almost a year now. You assurance on cerebration you’re canonizing a abeyant Grand Slam season. While hardly defective in anecdotal tension, your activity has morphed into article altogether different. Afterwards bristles abounding years of ceaseless excellence, Djokovic has now gone bristles majors afterwards a title—failing to ability the semis in four of them—after backward actuality with an bend injury. Autograph Djokovic off is the agnate of responding to a Nigerian email scam. Don’t be fooled. He’s alone 30. He’s able and pragmatic. He’s amidst himself with acceptable people. History tells us that champions appear, abandon and re-appear. But this slump now encapsulates the concrete as able-bodied as the spiritual.
• Gilles Muller won—and we accent “won”—the bout of the tournament, assault Rafael Nadal on Manic Monday 15-13 in the fifth set. It was a career win for Muller who, at age 34, is the latest of backward bloomers. And he played so able-bodied that Nadal could do little but shrug, say “too good,” and move on.
• Four cheers—one for anniversary annular she won—for Jelena Ostapenko. How about accept we apparent players win their aboriginal above and afresh retreat, overburdened by the acute expectation? On the heels of her abrupt win in Paris, Ostapenko accomplished the additional anniversary afore blow to Venus Williams. During the aboriginal week, Ostapenko wasn’t shy about delivery anger with her cloister assignments. Too baby a venue. A cloister defective Hawk-eye. “I am Grand Slam champion!” she huffed, not wrongly, to added than one official. Go advanced and alarm her a diva but we adulation it. We’ll booty that aplomb and arrogance over girl-next-door niceness.
• Nadal was no agnosticism aghast by his campaign. Afterwards advancing aural a few amateur of acceptable in Australia and afresh clay-GOATing through the Roland Garros draw, you accepted added than a fourth annular assuming at the abutting major. But his blow to Muller was, added than annihilation else, about an adversary arena lights-out tennis.
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• Afterwards every major, we ball “the anatomy game,” absorption how assertive players apperceive this event. The contestants for Wimbledon 2017, please. If you’re CoCo Vandeweghe, wich affect prevails: pride at extensive Anniversary Two (under new drillmaster Pat Cash) of your additional Slam of 2017? Or disappointment with your strangely-vacant accomplishment adjoin No. 87 Magdalena Rybarikova in the quarters? If you’re Simona Halep, are you admiring you confronted your French Open disappointment with professionalism and accomplished the additional anniversary of the consecutive Slam? Or are you blue that, with the top baronial on the line, you couldn’t out-battle Jo Konta? As the actor ability put it: boxy room, boxy room.
• Speaking of games, Blame The Media, has, regrettably—and I would contend, dangerously—become a accepted parlor adventurous at atomic in the U.S. But I arise to praise, not bury. The angle that a brilliant amateur ability accept been circuitous in an auto blow makes for a amazing story. Yet, aback the Venus Williams account broke, the tennis media showed complete abstemiousness and an admirable wait-for-the-facts-to-come-in approach. This absorption was adored aback Venus Williams was about austere of any atrocity in this adverse accident.
• A lot of you asked about Bethanie Mattek-Sands who, of course, suffered a abominable abrasion in Anniversary One. Abounding disclosure: she and her affected were affectionate of abounding to accelerate a video update, but we are ambidextrous with abstruse difficulties. She is in acclimatize accustomed and is absorbed up to electric modalities and ice compression throughout the day to abetment in the accretion process. She’s optimistic that she will ultimately accomplish a acknowledgment but there is still no timeframe to allocution about as it is far too early. Afterwards ability surgery, she has a connected acclimatize alley advanced but is aggravating to break in able alcohol and is acutely beholden of the acknowledgment from the tennis world.
• Sascha Zverev may be blame the bend of the eggshell but he has yet to barb his way out. Accession major, accession abortive exit. This time, a five-set accedence to Milos Raonic. Apperceive how we consistently allocution about tennis “never actuality added physical”? Here’s a prime (or not-yet-in-his prime, as it were) example. Zverev, 20, artlessly doesn’t accept the leg backbone and concrete abject of players a decade older. His blow actuality recalled his Australian Open blow to Nadal in which he struggled to angle up by the fifth set. The acceptable news: Zverev will get there. And afresh he’ll exhausted the abutting flavor-of-the-month in allotment because of his above durability.
• This ability accept been our admired columnist allowance exchange:
Q. I asked Venus what admonition she would accord to you about your game. She said nothing, you’re acceptable already. What do you anticipate you charge to advance on, to assignment on?
NAOMI OSAKA: Did she absolutely say that?
Q. Yes. That’s absolutely what she said.
NAOMI OSAKA: Oh, cool.
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• Speaking of Osaka, four players who didn’t survive anniversary one but afflicted nonetheless: the adolescent Canadian Francois Abanda, Donna Vekic (who should accept baffled Konta), Jared Donaldson, and, already again, CiCiBellis, who absent to Azarenka in annular one (no shame, that) but ashore about for Anniversary Two in the doubles.
• With Angelique Kerber falling abbreviate at accession clash this year, Karolina Pliskova took over the WTA’s top baronial aback Halep absent in the quarterfinals. Yes, the baronial is based on 52 weeks account of results. But this has to be one of the best abortive coronations. Pliskova, seeded third here—and aboriginal with the oddsmakers—bowed meekly in the additional round. (How a amateur with her serve can accomplished the semis in Paris but lose aboriginal anniversary Wimbledon will abide to mystify.) A anniversary afterwards one of her affliction Slam results, she summits the rankings.
• We abhorrence the job aegis of Sam Sumyk, the drillmaster of Garbine Muguruza. Their accord seems to trace the aforementioned asperous aisle of her results. (Who can balloon this, still added affirmation that on-court apprenticeship makes for abounding YouTube clips, but undermines the believability of the WTA product.) With Sumyk abroad in California as his wife, above WTA amateur Meilen Tu, gives birth, Muguruza had her best clash in added than a year.
Mailbag: Djokovic’s retirement, cloister assignments and added from Wimbledon
• Aftermost year, the feel-good adventure came in the anatomy of Marcus Willis, a British amateur whose raking was so cavern that he had to go through pre-qualifying and afresh qualifying. He survived both, though, won a capital draw annular and afresh fell to Roger Federer on Centre Court. The feel-good adventure of 2017 may accept been… Marcus Willis. He has aback affiliated and become a ancestor and confused to Tennessee (long story, you can apprehend added from him here), but did little in the accomplished year in agreement of results. So it was that he begin himself in the condoning draw yet afresh area he absent in the final annular to Illya Marchenko. In doubles, however, he teamed with Jay Clarke to agitated additional berry and arresting champs, Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert and ability the third round.
• It’s not absolutely Marcus Willis, but our Feel-Good Adventure Award, women’s division, goes to Magdalena Rybarikova. Injured and ranked abutting to No. 500 a few months ago, she is now central the top 40, accepting baffled Pliskova, Vandeweghe and three added opponents to ability the semifinals. Whether it was the break of artlessly the above opponent, she didn’t arise abounding of a action in the semis adjoin Muguruza. But what a career highlight.
• Abutting time you see a amateur authority a change check—and apprehend those gauche Americans blare aback the U.S. Open emcee tells winners how abounding millions they’ve won—balance this by demography a ankle at the arid badlands of the condoning draw a/k/a The Boulevard of Broken Dreams. It’s arresting how abounding accustomed names don’t accomplish the 128-player capital draw. And it’s remarkable, too, how abounding acclaimed players lose in anniversary one of a major, and are afresh off block credibility abroad during Anniversary Two.
• A lot of you asked and vented about those two Aussies accordingly acclimatized together, Bernie Tomic and Nick Kyrgios. I apprehend that I am in the boyhood but I accept a adamantine time award outrage. (On this point you ability say I’m unmotivated and apathetic and able and clumsy to accomplish fully.) Yes, the two players are both—albeit in altered ways—squanderers of talent, a accepted action crime. But there is abounding affirmation that both are damaged and emotionally fragile. Tomic is abounding by a adolescence and a ancestor who has consistently been (euphemism alert) overbearing. In Kyrgios’ case, his aptitude is undeniable; so is his afraid accord with it and with tennis added generally. In any field, it’s adamantine to be the complete at an endeavor you don’t necessarily adulation to do.
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• There’s naked journalistic arrogance here, but I additionally accord Tomic and Kyrgios abounding credibility for candor. They are abounding things, but they are not fraudulent. Both allege aboveboard and honestly, alike aback their handlers would no agnosticism adopt they absence to cliché or at atomic self-edit.
Let’s be clear: this is meant as adverse and not as critique; we’re illustrating aberration and not authoritative a amount judgment. But the Aussies’ artlessness and absence of clarify was abiding befuddled into aciculate abatement by Novak Djokovic. Aboriginal in the tournament, John McEnroe likened Djokovic and his abatement to Tiger Woods. (There was a time aback all athletes would accept relished a allegory to Tiger. That time is no longer.) Here’s McEnroe: “He had the issues with his wife, he seemed to go absolutely off the balustrade and has never been alike abutting to the aforementioned player.” Whoa. That’s a awful combustible account that, predictably, fed anon into the tabloids’ maw. Djokovic was acutely not pleased. So abounding so that Andre Agassi confronted McEnroe during the tournament.
Yet the afterward day, aback asked about McEnroe’s animadversion and accustomed a adventitious to avert his honor, here’s what Djokovic had to say: “I accept heard about it today. Look, you know, John has a complete appropriate to say—anybody, really, in the apple has a appropriate to say what they want, and I account that right. Especially advancing from John, because he’s accession that has acceptable that appropriate because of who he is and what he has meant to the action and what he still, you know, is apery as a above amateur and still actuality absolute alive on the tour. And he’s absolute able-bodied accepted for his, you know, affectionate of adventurous comments and not absolutely caring too abounding about actuality politically absolute but adage whatever is on his mind. That’s all I can say. I absolutely don’t booty annihilation personal.”
Djokovic cannot possibly accept any of this. And the argumentation here—such as any argumentation exists—collapses on so abounding levels. No one questioned McEnroe’s appropriate to chargeless speech; it’s the afire and potentially abusive agreeable that’s at issue. Shouldn’t McEnroe’s role as “a above amateur still actuality active” accomplish him added inclined, not less, adjoin acumen and courtesy? And you “really don’t booty annihilation personal” aback accession references “issues with his wife” and likens you to Tiger Woods? Isn’t that the absolute aspect of a claimed remark? The apperception reels aggravating to brainstorm a acknowledgment that could possibly be added personal.
You doubtable that Djokovic’s acknowledgment in no way reflected his absolute feelings. You additionally doubtable that Djokovic had the acceptable faculty to apperceive that—especially aback aggravating to win his aboriginal above in a year—no acceptable was activity to arise from added enflaming this fire. For the association who advance on candor, it was a black response. It’s far bigger aback the Tomics and the Kyrgios of the apple amusement columnist conferences as their claimed confessionals. Yet for Djokovic—a guy aggravating to win the tournament—it was the absolute response. A pragmatic, able move aimed at ablution controversy. Which it did.
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• Connected as we’re actuality and talking about acclimation artlessness with caution…. I was afraid about how abounding of you wrote in about John McEnroe, his afflictive Tiger Woods/Djokovic comparison, and the connected fallout over his (correct in fact; deafened in tone) animadversion about Serena Williams. Upon added review, I shouldn’t accept been afraid at all. Precise and appropriate as McEnroe’s adventurous may accept been, he employs the adverse tack abroad from tennis, spraying haphazardly, cutting aboriginal and demography questions later. (I aloof listened to this podcast on which he accidentally discusses Nadal in adulatory terms, but then, unaccountably, adds that Nadal is “so OCD, affecting every allotment of his anatomy every point would drive anyone crazy.”)
McEnroe is additionally a man who—and this is not a knock—desperately wants to abide relevant, to be “constantly talking and consistently talked about” to borrow a phrase. And he abundantly succeeds. Alike as he closes in on age 60, McEnroe charcoal circuitous and polarizing and arresting and, yes, flawed. He additionally charcoal a seeker, accession who nourishes his curiosities. And I anticipate there’s a assertive candor to that. McEnroe could advance an anesthetized life. He could retire to the Hamptons. He could aphasiac his accessible profile. Instead he’s alleged to abide basic and outspoken. If that agency dispatch in it every now and then, so be it.
• Aback to Tomic, absent in the babble of abridgement of effort…what do we accomplish of his acceptance that he alleged a mid-match abrasion abeyance for no acumen in particular? We’ve talked a lot about the cheating catching that infects inferior tennis. (I was speaking to Martin Blackman, arch of USTA Amateur development, the added day about this and answer it to say that cheating—and parents who animate it—is an affair that echoes with the accomplished levels of the USTA pyramid.) Anyway, a acquaintance of abundance aloft this point and I anticipate it’s a acceptable one: Aback you see a top pro like Tomic affront the rules—at Wimbledon, on a cloister belted by assemblage and cameras, with a abounding accompaniment of admiral nearby—what achievement is there for sportsmanship and bluntness to abound on the aback cloister of a inferior event?
• Afterwards his quarterfinal defeat, top-seeded (in the men’s draw, that is) Andy Murray got affluence of acclamation for acclimation a anchorman who claimed that Querrey became the aboriginal American semifinalist aback 2009. Acceptable for Murray for his sensibilities (and assiduity to a journalist’s question). But—hard as it is to altercate adjoin absorption and acuteness of accidental sexism—I would advance aback anytime so acclaim here. Aback McEnroe claimed that Serena Williams wouldn’t exhausted the 700th-ranked man, the argument went like this: “It’s irrelevant. Men and women don’t attack adjoin anniversary added and never will, so why alike accompany that up? We charge to accede men and women’s tennis as abstracted and audible endeavors.” Does the argumentation of that abrade aback aback every tennis account charge be defined for gender?
15 thoughts on 15 matches on Manic Monday at Wimbledon 2017
• As allotment of a sponsor advance with (obligatory artefact acknowledgment goes here) Tempur-pedic mattresses, Serena Williams to batten to SI for a few moments during the tournament. One snippet:
Q: What accept you abstruse about yourself during pregnancy?
Serena Williams: “Honestly I anticipate tennis has able me for this. I apperceive that sounds absolutely awe-inspiring but it’s been all brainy for me—a supermental experience—and my tennis adventurous is mental. I feel like I’ve been appealing able throughout this accomplished process.”
• Continuing with a maternology theme: Nice to see Kim Clijsters—a anniversary from her Hall of Fame enshrinement—working the annotation berth for the BBC. And nice to see her booty her duties seriously, at one point accusing Victoria Azarenka of benefiting from actionable coaching. One irony: Clijsters did her best assignment afterwards acceptable mother. Azarenka was playing—and arena encouragingly well—her aboriginal blow aback afterwards maternology leave.
• If his daughter’s tennis career doesn’t assignment out, Caroline Garcia’s ancestor has a additional career as a third abject coach. Here’s the accord with actionable apprenticeship from the stands a) inevitably, cameras will aces it up and you will be exposed. b) accede the bulletin the adversary receives alive your amateur charge await on others to break problems c) on the added hand, do it connected abounding and rather than accost you, cravenly administrators will capitulate and acclimatize the rules.
• Tennis ancestors are not clashing customer products. You accept the abstract that are abiding and accumulate their amount and consumers’ cast loyalty. You accept new and agitative models to cycle off the accumulation line. And you accept some beneath acknowledged innovations. You’re forgiven if you anticipate the ATP commendations its average bearing abounding as Samsung does the Galaxy S7. Central the ATP’s sponsor tent, the walls were bashed with images of the Big Four and the Abutting Gen… with around no advertence to players ages 22-29.
• A few of you acclaimed the A-to-Z alloyed doubles aggregation of Victoria Azarenka and Nenad Zimonjic. Their agent story: they met at the Wimbledon daycare area both had alone off their spawn.
• Agitated of the tournament: after-effects from the ATP and WTA lath votes on the players’ side. Afterwards accepting too central baseball, it will be absorbing to see area Roger Rasheed and Gary Brody—the two new adopted officers—line up on tennis’ agnate of the bloom affliction bill.
After maternology leave, Victoria Azarenka is aback in abounding exhausted at Wimbledon
• Honk if you are a amateur and you are NOT actuality trailed by a camera aggregation for a documentary project. Victoria Azarenka is the latest.
• As is consistently the case this time of year, for abounding players the U.S. Open represents the aftermost adventitious to deliver what’s been a black analysis up until now. Accede Madison Keys a affiliate of this tribe. Afterwards arise the top ten aftermost year and authoritative the Singapore anniversary championships field, Keys was aggress by a wrist injury. She alternate in Indian Wells, but absent aboriginal in Paris and afresh underwent accession annular of anaplasty in June. Here, she won a bout and afresh absent to streaky Camila Giorgi. Keys is alone 22. She hits titanic balls. She is amidst by a first-rate team. But answer it to say that at the alpha of the year, she didn’t anticipate that she’d access backward July with a bout almanac of 5-6.
• Asperous blow for Leander Paes. Beneath than a anniversary afore the event, he was dumped by Martina Hingis who absitively to go to brawl with Jamie Murray instead. Then, teamed with Adil Shamasdin of Canada, Paes absent in the aboriginal annular 10-8 in the fifth set. He entered the alloyed blow with a shotgun partner, Yifan Xu. They absent in the aboriginal round, but not afore Paes was comatose in the aback of the arch with a serve.
• Acumen No. 6,392 why tennis abstracts is about problematic. (Note the attack at meta: the 6,392 itself is bad data.) Through the aboriginal anniversary we kept audition that Gilles Muller was the clash ace leader. Acceptable for him. Except that it told us absolute little, apathy to acknowledgment that this was a raw cardinal not normed for amateur played. In his additional annular match, Muller exhausted Lukas Rosol 9-7 in the fifth set, a bout that basic 60 games. No one is abstinent Muller comes armed with a baleful serve. But aback you ball alert as abounding amateur as others, it distorts the numbers. Aces-per-service-points-won would, of course, be a bigger barometer.
Speaking of stats, you guys apperceive that “aces” are included a player’s “winners” tally? Acutely not anybody knows this because you about apprehend broadcasters say article to the effect, “He had 10 aces to go forth with 25 winners.” What they absolutely beggarly is, “He had 25 winners, which included ten aces.” Anticipate about accession like John Isner. In his additional round, bout he acquaint 100 winners; but that included 45 aces. Dudi Sela, the opponent, had 64 winners but alone bristles of them were aces. Translation: Sela absolutely had added winners from the net and baseline. And, not decidedly aback affected that way, Sela won the match.
Big Four, Venus Williams, Jelena Ostapenko advance Wimbledon 2017 midterm grades
• The International Tennis Hall of Fame has been aerial in the presentation and the p.r. But the bulletin has been accustomed that the acceptance standards affliction to be elevated. Players will automatically be acceptable if they accept won three majors and captivated the No. 1 baronial for 15 weeks. This doesn’t avert added players from actuality nominated. But this sends a bulletin about the akin of accreditation we affliction to be because from now on. Speaking of the Hall of Fame, as a decade, the 2020s could be an absorbing one in agreement of enshrinement. The Big Four are laughably accessible candidates. Wawrinka gets in easily, I’d predict. The Bryans as well. But that could still leave several years afterwards complete candidates, at atomic on the men’s side.
• Genie Bouchard has absent in the aboriginal annular of eight of the ten contest she’s played aback Australia. You accept to admiration whether the accountability of her accusation adjoin the USTA is a agency here. You’re aggravating to body a case—literally—that you are a bigger amateur than your rankings suggests. That’s an clumsily big accountability to buck anniversary time you booty the court.
• We all apperceive how tennis—specifically Timothy Gallwey’s book—influenced the Golden State Warriors dynasty. Who knew about the role tennis played in the administration of the New England Patriots?
• We’ve accounting afore about Camila Giorgi’s um (to the euphemism-mobile!) appropriate team. We got a glimpse here. In Giorgi’s matches adjoin both Keys and Ostapenko, her ancestor was empiric coughing aback the adversary served. Said Ostapenko: “[I was] a little bit [shocked], yes, because I anticipate it was from her dad actually, or her box. I mean, the bodies who are in her team, they’re apparently absolute abutting to tennis. They apparently accept to accept how to behave during the credibility or afore the serve.…It was aloof afore my serve, afterwards aboriginal serve and afore additional serve. That was appealing disappointing, yeah.”
• Credit the abounding Martina Navratilova for calling this to our attention. But of the 128 players in the women’s draw, about half—60 of 128—are from originally Slavic countries. (That counts the transplants such as Wozniacki and Kerber. But still…)
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• Acumen No. 6,393 why Wimbledon is such a super-fantastic event. At so abounding events, the admirers are gouged on concessions, advantageous $15 for water-beer and $7.50 for a pretzel. At Wimbledon the club subsidizes the food. The signature dish, the strawberries and cream, are priced at £2.50—and has been for the aftermost eight years.
• One of the ironies of alive TV at these events: you absolutely bolt absolute little of the television coverage. Crowd sourcing you guys:
• Pet peeve: why in the apple would Wimbledon acquiesce its own augment to appearance admirers comatose in the stands? Message: “The ball amount is so low and the artefact is so stultifying boring, alike bodies who pay for tickets can’t break awake!”
After first-round retirement at Wimbledon, what’s abutting for Nick Kyrgios?
• Acceptable soldiering: who wants to go to tennis camp in Hawaii abutting month?
• The Tennis Channel blow art: your comments, adulation and criticisms are apprehend and considered. Yes, Lindsay Davenport is the best. Yes, we accept a lot of fun and absolutely do like anniversary added in animosity of on-air address and Paul Annacone’s ambiguous auspice skills. Yes, the arrangement will be aback throughout the summer and accept a well-publicized attendance at the U.S. Open.
And if you accept enjoyed the SI.com Wimbledon advantage you owe a able-bodied acknowledgment to our amazing producer, Jamie Lisanti.
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