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Gauff, 15, to 'just wing it' – Wimbledon day three preview

  • Posted: Jul 02, 2019
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Venue: All England Club Dates: 1-14 July
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Cori Gauff says her motto is to “just wing it” as the 15-year-old American aims to continue her Wimbledon fairytale on Wednesday.

Gauff, who beat Venus Williams in the first round, plays Magdalena Rybarikova on court two about 19:00 BST.

Britain’s Kyle Edmund plays Spain’s Fernando Verdasco about 15:00 on Centre Court, followed by Novak Djokovic’s meeting with American Denis Kudla.

Heather Watson starts on Court One at 13:00 against Anett Kontaveit.

Canadian 19th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime, who became the first man born in the 2000s to win a Grand Slam match on Monday, faces French 20-year-old Corentin Moutet on court three.

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‘We’re all going to die one day – I just want to make the most of it’

Gauff announced her arrival to the world with a stunning victory over seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams, who is 24 years older and had won two of her five Wimbledon titles before Gauff was born in 2004.

The teenage sensation, who idolises the Williams sisters and had a poster of Serena on her wall, showed remarkable composure and belief to become the youngest player to win a main-draw match at SW19 since Jennifer Capriati in 1991.

Now Gauff is aiming to follow Capriati, who went on to reach the last four that year, by moving into the third round when she plays Slovakia’s 2017 semi-finalist Rybarikova, who is also unseeded.

“I just literally don’t play with any pressure. I just tell myself whatever happens happens. I mean, my motto is just, like, wing it,” Gauff, ranked 313th in the world, said.

“This is kind of a sad thing, we’re all going to die one day, I just want to make the most of it.

“I don’t want to put too much pressure on the little moments because those are the moments that kind of turn out big when you look back in life.”

Edmund glad to be back on Centre

Edmund, 24, returns to Centre Court after beating Verdasco’s compatriot Jaume Munar on Monday, with the Yorkshireman hoping to continue building his rapport with the 15,000 home crowd.

“The more you play on there, you feel more comfortable with your surroundings and the court,” said the 30th seed, who lost to Serbia’s eventual champion Djokovic on Centre in the third round last year.

“The crowd obviously reacts to how the match is going, different matches, the time of day.

“I remember the Djokovic match, it was really loud. Sometimes it can be less loud. Just depends on the occasion.

“Regardless of that, any time you play on Centre Court, it’s just an amazing honour and feeling.”

Watson, 27, is aiming to reach the third round for a fourth time when she faces Estonian 20th seed Kontaveit, who is coached by Andy Murray’s father-in-law Nigel Sears.

After first-round exits in Nottingham, Birmingham and Eastbourne, Watson earned a morale-boosting win against American teenager Caty McNally on Monday.

“I’m a confidence player, so not having those wins in the last few weeks, I was maybe overthinking a bit,” said the world number 122.

“I put a lot of pressure on myself naturally because of the person I am. I feel the same every year. I put the same amount of pressure on myself.

“I just really always want to do well.”

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Andy & Serena Join Forces In Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Draw

  • Posted: Jul 02, 2019

Andy & Serena Join Forces In Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Draw

Draw to be released on Wednesday

Talk about star power! Andy Murray and Serena Williams dropped a bombshell on Tuesday by announcing that they’ll compete together in the mixed doubles draw at Wimbledon.

They’ve created plenty of magic over the years at The All England Club, combining for nine singles titles. Serena also has six women’s doubles title with sister Venus Williams and won the mixed doubles title in 1998 (w/Mirnyi). Murray last played mixed doubles at this event with Kirsten Flipkens in 2006.


“We’re a lot alike on the court. I’ve always liked that about him,” said Williams. “His work ethic is off the charts. That’s something I’ve always respected about him. His fitness, everything. To do what he’s done in an era where there are so many other great male tennis players, so much competition, to rise above it, not many people have done it. There’s so many things to be admired.”

Murray wasn’t originally sure if he would play mixed doubles after he revealed that several players turned him down. The admission sparked a social media frenzy, with everyone from Maria Sharapova to Billie Jean King offering to fill in.

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The Brit also expressed concerns over a potential backlog of matches if bad weather impacted the schedule. But he joked last weekend that Williams would “be a pretty solid partner” and said that she’s “arguably the best player ever.”

The pair will be unseeded in the 48-team mixed doubles draw, which will be released on Wednesday.

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Isner Makes Winning Return At Wimbledon

  • Posted: Jul 02, 2019

Isner Makes Winning Return At Wimbledon

American had not played since the Miami final due to a broken foot

American John Isner, a 2018 Nitto ATP Finals qualifier, made a winning return in his first appearance since his run to the Miami Open presented by Itau final.

The ninth seed, who had been sidelined since that match with a broken left foot, defeated #NextGenATP Norwegian Casper Ruud 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(11) on Tuesday in just under two hours to reach the second round at Wimbledon.

“I feel pretty good. I’m happy. I was just happy to be back out there. Of course happy to win,” said Isner, who made his first Grand Slam semi-final here last year. “It was touch and go for a little bit whether I was going to play this tournament. So I was just happy to be back out there. If I didn’t win, as long as I walked off the court healthy, I would have been happy with that.”

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Isner’s original plan after getting hurt was to try to return for the Mutua Madrid Open and, at the very least, Roland Garros. But what his medical team originally thought was a stress fracture turned out to be a broken foot, scans revealed once his inflammation went down. Finally, he was cleared to start practising just in time for this event.

“I got some good news finally from doctors. They told me they think my foot is ready to go, which it wasn’t at Roland Garros. I just needed really three more weeks,” Isner said. “Of course I would have liked a little more practice coming into here, but I think I’m maybe one player who can do okay without much practice. I just wasn’t able to. I wasn’t able to get on the court.”

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Ruud, the Houston finalist who dropped his opening service game in the first two sets, held set points at 7/6 and 9/8 in the third-set tie-break before Isner clinched the victory on his third match point.

Isner will take a 4-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head record into his next match against Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin, a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 winner over Spaniard Pablo Andujar. It is Kukushkin’s fourth straight trip to the second round at The All England Club.

“He hits the ball very flat, especially on the backhand side. It’s almost like underspin. Whereas my opponent today, I think, fortunately for me hit the ball with a lot of topspin,” Isner said. “He’s going to do what he does, keep the ball very low. It’s going to be tricky for me because I’m a big guy. I have played him a few times, and he has given me some trouble because he can hit some very good shots that can sort of frustrate you at times. His backhand is very good. It will be a tough match, for sure.”

Isner is defending 720 ATP Ranking points this fortnight due to his semi-final run last year. But the American is not stressing over that.

“I never think about how I did last year or losing these points or defending these points at all,” Isner said. “I’m just happy to be out there and played free. Just see what happens.”


Three of the Top 8 seeds were eliminated in the first round. And while Isner does not consider himself one of the event’s leading favourites, he marvels at the success of those who are: eight-time champion Roger Federer, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and two-time titlist Rafael Nadal. The trio advanced to the second round without facing much trouble.

“It’s amazing to look at the Grand Slam stats. I mean, what has Roger won, 20? And he can’t even say he’s the greatest player of all-time at 20 Grand Slams. It’s incredible. These guys are pushing each other,” Isner said. “Rafa has 18 and then Djokovic is 15, not slowing down. It’s remarkable. These guys are pushing each other. I think when all’s said and done, it’s going to be arguing who’s better, Michael or LeBron? It will impossible to tell.”

Another veteran who advanced Tuesday was No. 13 seed Marin Cilic, who ousted ‘s-Hertogenbosch champion Adrian Mannarino 7-6(6), 7-6(4), 6-3. Cilic made the 2017 Wimbledon final, and three consecutive quarter-finals before that.

Next up for the Croat is Portuguese No. 1 Joao Sousa, who ousted NCAA singles champion and British wild card Paul Jubb 6-0, 6-3, 6-7(8), 6-1 in two hours and 16 minutes. Cilic has won all four of their FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings without dropping a set.

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Murray to partner Williams in mixed doubles at Wimbledon

  • Posted: Jul 02, 2019
Wimbledon 2019 on the BBC
Venue: All England Club Dates: 1-14 July
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Britain’s Andy Murray has confirmed he will play mixed doubles with Serena Williams at Wimbledon.

Murray, a two-time singles champion at SW19, will compete in both the men’s and mixed doubles less than a month after returning following hip surgery.

American Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam singles winner, had earlier told journalists: “If you guys really want it… all right, done.”

The pair are expected to play their first match together on Thursday.

Murray, who won Queen’s with Feliciano Lopez, will partner Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the men’s doubles.

The Scot was turned down by world number one Ashleigh Barty before suggesting he might pair up with 37-year-old Williams, who has won seven doubles titles at Wimbledon.

Murray said: “Serena is obviously a brilliant player, has a great doubles record and is brilliant on grass obviously. She’s arguably the best player ever.”

Laughing, he added: “So she’d be a solid partner.”

The only issue will be whether the American’s knees will cope with the extra demands of playing doubles as well as singles – and whether Murray’s fitness holds up to what will be a packed doubles programme if they have a good run.

Williams has struggled with a knee injury this year but beat Giulia Gatto-Monticone on Tuesday.

Murray played mixed doubles at Wimbledon in 2006 where he teamed up with Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens and reached the second round.

He was also a silver medallist with Laura Robson in the London 2012 Olympics which were played at the All England Club.

Williams is a two-time mixed doubles Grand Slam champion, having partnered Max Mirnyi to win Wimbledon and the US Open in 1998.

Some 64 pairings compete in the mixed doubles, which is played over the best of three sets.

Williams teases media over Murray doubles

Just before the pairing was confirmed, Williams had remained coy about the prospect at a news conference following her first-round singles victory.

Journalist: “When do you think you could make that decision? Next three hours? In the morning?”

Williams: “This is crazy. I don’t know. I’m still kind of in the singles mode, trying to figure that part out. We’ll see. I could use extra matches, though, so… could be something.”

Journalist: “Could you give us a rough percentage of how likely you think it is you would play with Andy?”

Williams: “I don’t know. If you guys really want it, then maybe I’ll do it.”

Journalist: “We do really want it.”

Williams: “Yeah? All right, done, just for you guys. Don’t forget.”

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'I felt a bit frozen' – Federer survives scare against debutant Harris – highlights & report

  • Posted: Jul 02, 2019
Wimbledon 2019 on the BBC
Venue: All England Club Dates: 1-14 July
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Eight-time champion Roger Federer survived a first-set scare to see off South African debutant Lloyd Harris and reach the Wimbledon second round.

Federer, 37, moved through the gears to win 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-2 on Centre Court.

After Harris left the crowd stunned by taking the opener, Federer began to find his rhythm and rattled off victory in one hour and 51 minutes.

The Swiss, aiming for a record-extending ninth men’s title, will face Britain’s Jay Clarke next.

Clarke, 20, took his seventh match point to beat American Noah Rubin in four sets, clinching the additional prize of meeting the 20-time Grand Slam champion on Thursday.

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Federer was ‘frozen’ as Harris threatened seismic shock

Harris, 22, was making his debut at Wimbledon – and had never even won a match on grass going into Tuesday’s meeting with arguably the greatest player of all time.

But the world number 86 rocked Federer with blistering serves consistently around 130mph and backed that up with some heaving groundstrokes in a first set which left Centre Court murmuring in disbelief.

After breaking Federer’s serve for a 4-2 lead, Harris confidently sealed the opener in 29 minutes as he threatened to create one of the most seismic shocks ever seen at Wimbledon.

Federer, who had dropped a set in the first round at Wimbledon for the first time since 2010, seemed to lack the assurance which has rarely gone missing in his illustrious career.

“I struggled early on, I felt a bit frozen, my legs weren’t going,” Federer told BBC Sport.

“I felt it was heavy out there, the ball wasn’t going when I was hitting it and he was hitting it big.”

The challenge for Harris was always going to be maintaining his level as Federer started to find more rhythm and make him work harder for his points.

As Federer rediscovered his timing and touch, Harris wildly slashed a forehand wide – with the ball sitting up invitingly for the South African and Federer stricken at the baseline – on a break point for a 3-1 lead to the Swiss.

From that point he could not recover, Federer winning 11 of the next 13 points to level the match and then continue to go through the gears as he broke twice in the third set.

Then it turned into a procession towards victory, with Harris looking like he might have to pull out with a calf injury which left him needing lengthy treatment.

But he refused to quit as Federer began to purr, a dipping, cross-court backhand winner sealing another break early in the fourth for the Swiss as he cruised to his 17th straight first-round win at the All England Club.

“He kept me nervous for a set and a half and I think that break was crucial in the second to turn things around,” Federer said.

“It took a big effort. Lloyd played a good match.”

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Querrey Battles Back To Beat Thiem At Wimbledon

  • Posted: Jul 02, 2019

Querrey Battles Back To Beat Thiem At Wimbledon

American now plays Garin or Rublev on Thursday

Sam Querrey twice came within a point of trailing two-sets-to-love on No. 2 Court Tuesday afternoon, but was able to keep his nerve for another upset at The Championships.

The American, who returned last week with a run to the Nature Valley International final in Eastbourne (l. to Fritz), saved two set points in the second set en route to a 6-7(6), 7-6(1), 6-3, 6-0 victory over fifth seed Dominic Thiem of Austria in two hours and 29 minutes.

Querrey saved set points at 4-5, 30/40 and Ad Out in the second set, with a backhand error from Thiem and an ace. The 31-year-old, who lost just seven of his first-service points, booked his place in the Wimbledon second round with his 22nd ace, which denied Thiem the 250th match win of his career. The fourth set lasted 20 minutes.


Having missed the entire spring European clay-court swing with an abdominal injury, Querrey returned at Devonshire Park on the south coast last week, which was his first ATP Tour event since 13 April at the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship. 

Victory for Querrey, who reached the 2017 Wimbledon semi-finals (l. to Marin Cilic), means he has beaten three players in the Top 5 of the ATP Rankings at the All England Club. He beat World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the 2016 third round and then No. 1-ranked Andy Murray in the 2017 quarter-finals.

The 25-year-old Thiem, who has contested two Roland Garros finals (l. to Nadal both times), is now 24-10 on the season. He is currently in fourth position in the 2019 ATP Race To London for a spot at the Nitto ATP Finals, to be held from 10-17 November at The O2 in London.

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Wimbledon umpires ditch traditional Miss & Mrs at end of games

  • Posted: Jul 02, 2019
Wimbledon 2019 on the BBC
Venue: All England Club Dates: 1-14 July
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Centre Court, strawberries and cream … Wimbledon is famed for tradition but one is now missing – the use of ‘Miss’ and ‘Mrs’ at the end of games.

Marital status prefixes for female players have largely been scrapped by tournament organisers to bring parity with the men’s game.

That means no more “Game, Miss …” or “Game, set and match, Mrs…”

“We’ve got to move with the times,” said Alexandra Willis, a spokesperson for the All England Club.

“Hopefully we surprise people with the way we do that.”

Britain’s Heather Watson was among those to welcome the change, saying: “Equality is always good.”

Yet, as with the passing of all traditions, not everybody was completely won over.

Men’s world number one Novak Djokovic said he supported the move, but added: “I thought that tradition was very unique and very special. I thought it was nice.

“It’s definitely not easy to alter or change any traditions here that have been present for many years. It’s quite surprising that they’ve done that.”

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What Wimbledon say

  • Prefixes are not used for pre-match announcements during warm-up or prior to first point (no change).
  • Prefixes will not be used when announcing ‘game…’ score and end of match score ‘game, set, match…’ (change to achieve consistency for both women and men).
  • Prefixes will be used for code violations, medical announcements and player challenges (no change – aligned with other tournaments).
  • In summary, the only change is to remove the use of prefixes when announcing the score at the end of each game and at the end of each match.

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