Category: Tennis

Tiafoe Quietly Rising after Wimbledon Breakthrough

The youngest American in the Top 50 hopes to continue his climb this summer.
Lost in the post-Wimbledon shuffle, and tucked ever so slightly beneath the radar, a young American cracked a milestone on Monday. That young American would be Frances Tiafoe, who pushed inside the ATP’s Top 50 for the first time thanks to his third-round performance at the Championships.

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It was a solid performance from Tiafoe at London, in what has been a solid year, but the fact that he squandered a two sets to love lead in the third round to Karen Khachanov speaks volumes about how far along Tiafoe is in his development. He was criticized for a lack of desire in that match, as he disappeared from the match after dropping a third-set tiebreaker, and he later said he had been experiencing stomach pains. Either way, it's an experience he can–and will have to–learn from. Tiafoe’s at the tip of the iceberg, and yet still, six months shy of his 21st birthday the Maryland native is inside the top 50 and boasting a solid 20-12 record on the season.


Tiafoe started the season at 79 in the world, but a maiden career title at Delray Beach (one in which he defeated Juan Martin del Potro and Denis Shapovalov), along with a final at Estoril, has helped him get to where he is now. With just 110 points to defend between now and the end of the U.S. Open, Tiafoe is a run or two away from a spot in the Top 30 and maybe even higher.

As a lot of the attention has been focused—and rightfully so—on teenagers Denis Shapovalov and Stefanos Tsitsipas, Tiafoe has quietly been climbing and is now the fourth highest-ranked American and one of just four players younger than 21 in the ATP’s Top 50.

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It’s quite an accomplishment, but one that the World No.45 takes in stride.

“It’s definitely nice, a big milestone for me,” he told Noah Frank of WTOP in Washington earlier this week. “You definitely want to keep building on it. You don’t want to sit here and gloat about it. There are 44 more places I need to go, and I want to go.”

Tiafoe, who took a week off after Wimbledon before joining he Washington Kastles of the WTT this week, will open his US Open Series at the Citi Open in Washington, DC on July 30.


As a local kid, who spent his formative years training at the JTCC in nearby College Park, Maryland, Tiafoe lists the Citi Open as one of the trophies he dearly covets.

“That’s a title I definitely really want to win at least once in my career,” he told Frank. “So I’m always going to go in there and grab it with two hands.”

Tiafoe’s father, Constant, initially worked at the JTCC (Junior Tennis Champion’s Center) on a construction crew that originally built the site, and he stayed on as a head of maintenance. It was natural from there that Frances and his twin brother Franklin, had ample opportunity to hone their skills on the court.

It’s just another part of the story that helps make the easy-going Tiafoe’s story so endearing.

The other part is his ability to deliver on the promise that many saw in him. After losing 10 of his first 11 matches against Top 20 opposition, Tiafoe has won three of his last five. At Wimbledon he reached the third round at a major for the first time in his career, snapping a four-match losing streak at the majors as he upset veterans Fernando Verdasco and Julien Benneteau in back-to-back tilts.

It’s a process for all young players and Tiafoe is no exception, but all signs are pointing to a bright future, and has he works his way up the rankings his confidence is rising as well.

“I’ve played some great tennis this year,” he told Frank. “I’ve beaten a lot of good guys. I believe in myself. I know if I bring a good level I can beat anyone.”

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Djokovic Opens Up on Doubt and Elation in Heartfelt Wimbledon Letter

The Wimbledon champ shares his deepest thoughts in a heartfelt letter to friends and family.

In a heartfelt letter to fans and the general public, written between a "nappy change and a dinosaur’s book," 2018 Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic shared some of the overwhelming emotions he felt after winning Wimbledon and claiming his first major title in more than two years.

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“First of all, let me start by writing that the feeling of having my son in my wife’s arms at the trophy ceremony in the Players box was the most wonderful sensation I have had at any tournament that I have ever won in my career,” the 31-year-old wrote. “When I became a father, one of my biggest dreams was to have my children present at the stands while I am playing. Let alone winning trophies. That dream came true several days ago.”

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Already looking forward to more victories ahead, Djokovic said he’d like to experience the same magical feeling with his daughter Tara, who was born last September.

“I have imagined and prayed that one day I would win a Grand Slam trophy in front of my child,” he wrote. “Luckily for me, Tara is growing up and I can’t wait for her to see me do the same as I did in front of Stefan.”

Djokovic says that becoming a husband and father has opened him up to a new dimension in life.

“[Life] didn’t change,” he wrote, “it evolved into something more beautiful. Of course, more responsibilities add up but at the end of the day, it unlocks a new dimension of Love and Energy inside of you that you never knew existed. And the biggest gift that you receive from God is the enhanced feeling of empathy, compassion and devotion to your kids. But it’s not all clear once you become a father. It takes learning and openness to reach that “golden balance” in Life which everyone is in pursuit for. For me it was balance between tennis, priorities and family.”

Djokovic also talked about the injury challenges he faced, hinting at just how difficult a time it was for him personally and professionaly.

“For the last 2 years, I wasn’t patient with my tennis expectations. I wasn’t wise in strategizing. And I certainly wasn’t clearly hearing my body telling me that there is something serious happening with my elbow. I was trying to find solutions somewhere else and solution was always inside of me.”

He also wrote of the doubt he experienced and how he has come to experience balance in his life.

“I didn’t know if I would be able to get back on the desired level of tennis,” he wrote. “Actually, one part of me always believes in my own qualities and capabilities. But there was a lot of doubtful moments where course of action could have gone different ways.”

And lastly, a comment about the taste of the Wimbledon grass:

“P.S. Wimbledon grass tasted great once more. I would just add some avocado and it would be perfect.”

Djokovic will next take the court at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, which takes place from August 6-12.

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She’s Married! Karolina Pliskova Marries Michal Hrdlicka

The World No.9 ties the knot with a fellow Czech. Karolina Pliskova is married! The Czech superstar tied the knot with Michal Hrdlicka, surprising many in the tennis community. The couple’s engagement has been known about for a long time now (news broke last August), but not many knew the wedding would happen so soon.


Hrdlicka is a former TV presenter with TV Nova and often accompanies Pliskova to various tournaments throughout the year, according to WTATennis.com. Pliskova, 26 and ranked No.9 in the world, is fresh off a career-best performance at Wimbledon, where she reached the round of 16.

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Pliskova is expected to return to the tour for Rogers Cup which takes place from 6-12 August in Montreal.

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Isner Living the Sweet Life at Wimbledon

The American is enjoying a Kit-Kat each round at Wimbledon, and is hoping for two more.


Wimbledon, England—It took 41 Slams and over ten years since he played his first major, but American John Isner is finally into the semifinals of a Grand Slam, and he believes he can keep it going.

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After his 6-7(5), 7-6(7), 6-4, 6-3 victory over Canada’s Milos Raonic, Isner is amped and ready to take on his next challenge, facing No.8-seeded Kevin Anderson for a spot in the Wimbledon final.

“Pure elation right now,” said the only player left at Wimbledon that has yet to be broken. “Very, very happy to be in this position right now in the semifinals. With how I'm feeling physically and mentally, I'm in a very good spot. I think I can keep doing damage here.”

Isner ranks second behind Sam Querrey for most appearances at a major before reaching a semifinal, and he’s happy to do it at a place where he was formerly only known for playing the longest match in tennis history and never reaching the second week.

That 11 hour and 5 minute marathon, won by Isner 70-68 in the fifth set, is a memory from 2010 that Isner will always cherish, but this year he’s intent on creating another memory.

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“Of course, everyone is going to remember that match in 2010, and rightfully so,” Isner said. “I like to think that since that match, I've done a lot of good stuff on the court performance-wise. But for a lot of people, that's definitely the lasting image of my career. I think if I can keep going further here, I can maybe squash that.”

He has already done a good job of squashing it, by defeating two seeded players at a Slam for the first time and by serving incredibly throughout his first two matches.

“This is amazing,” he said on Wednesday. “It's by far the best Grand Slam I've ever played in my career, and I've been playing for 11 years. I'm super happy. To do it here at Wimbledon makes it even a little bit more special.”


Isner’s rise has been a result of hard work, perseverance and a commitment to steadily improving the tools necessary to win on the grass, like closing at the net and making passing shots. It’s been a sweet ride for the American, made even sweeter by his choice of post-match snack.

“I just had a Kit Kat before I came in here,” he told reporters with a smile on Wednesday. “That's the truth. I had a little bit of a sugar craving. That's not a normal occurrence for me. I think after each win throughout these 10 days, I've had a Kit Kat. I'm not going to change that now.”

What has changed is Isner’s chances of reaching the final now that Kevin Anderson sent shockwaves through the draw when he bounced eight-time champion Roger Federer in quarterfinal action on Wednesday.

But the American doesn’t believe he’s lucked out by any means. In Anderson he knows he’ll be facing a red-hot Top 10 player that is playing the best he’s ever played on grass.

“I mean, it's not like I have a huge opportunity now,” Isner said. “Look how well Kevin is playing. It's going to be extra tough.”

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Boris Becker Believes former Protégé Djokovic Can Win at SW19 This Year

The former coach of Djokovic says he has been impressed by the Serb's progress this summer.
Wimbledon, EnglandBoris Becker has joined Andy Murray in the Novak Djokovic fan club. Yesterday on BBC Murray commented about Djokovic's good chances of winning here at SW19 despite the hot play of Federer and Nadal. On Wednesdsay the German, who helped guide Djokovic to six of his 12 Grand Slam titles during a three-year coaching stint, penned a column for Fox Sports expressing the same sentiment — he believes Djokovic is in good enough form to win Wimbledon.

“The fact that Murray is out now, and Novak was gone, also is responsible for how Roger has won so much over the past 18 months,” Becker wrote. “Remember, when they started the Australian Open last year, No. 1 in the world was Novak; No. 2 in the world was Andy. Roger was nowhere, coming back from injury. So, in 18 months, a lot has happened for both players. A lot can happen in 18 months for Novak.”

Becker says that he began to see the difference in Djokovic when he reunited with Marian Vajda, and as the spring has turned to summer he has seen more signs that the former World No.1 is ready to break out in a big way.


“When I saw him in Rome, he started playing better,” Becker said. “I saw the semi-final against Rafa. It was the first time I felt as if he was starting to be competitive again. He had a little bit of a flunk at the French, losing to Cecchinato. But again, he made the second week, and finally when I saw him at Queen’s, I said ‘wow, he’s playing tennis again.’”

Becker believes that Djokovic, who faces Kei Nishikori today and would face either Rafael Nadal or Juan Martin del Potro in the semifinals on Friday, can win it all for the fourth time at SW19.

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“I don’t see why Novak can’t win this tournament,” he wrote. “He has to put himself in the position for him to win in straight sets against Kei Nishikori. He’s also a bit older, and needs the day off to recover.”

He added: “Nishikori is not a bad draw for him. He likes playing Nishikori. Then he’s in the semis, potentially against Rafa, or del Potro. A great matchup. They’re the matches he’s looking for. I think he can go all the way.”

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Kyrgios Finding that Wins Don’t Come Easily, Even on Grass

The Aussie was tabbed for a deep run but fell short on Day 6
Wimbledon, England—Nick Kyrgios is finding that natural talent can only take him so far, even with all the ability in the world, a nasty, worm-burning serve, incredible hands and a devilishly creative game that takes rhythm from his opponents—it’s no enough to get to the second week at a major that most pundits feel he won’t just be a factor at but win someday.

Back to the drawing board.

“As soon as I got out there, I just didn't feel good,” Kyrgios said after falling to 0-4 lifetime against Kei Nishikori on Day 6. “I don't know what it was. I mean, he played well. I always find it tough playing him. But, yeah, I didn't play well today.”

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Credit to Nishikori, who played brilliantly to reach the round of 16 at Wimbledon for the third time, and credit Kyrgios, who tried everything to find ways around Japan’s top player. It just wasn’t meant to be for the player that many consider Australia’s biggest hope to bring home a Grand Slam title in the next five years.

It may have been a step in the right direction for Kyrgios, who has battled injuries all season and who got healthy and found some excellent form on the grass, but it’s also more proof that the chasm between winning majors and getting hype to win majors is still a yawning one.

This is the distance that Kyrgios, just 23, must make up in the next couple of years. On Saturday at Wimbledon it was clear that he still has a way to go.

“I just struggled with a lot of things today,” he said. “I just never settled. Obviously getting broken first game didn't help me. I just kind of panicked. Everything kind of just went south, I guess.”

Kyrgios shouldn’t hang his head too much about his performance on grass this season. He’s proven that he’s a contender for a Wimbledon title. Next he should put in the hard yards to ensure that he’s ready to take that next step in the years to come.


The Aussie reached the semifinals in Stuttgart where he fell to Roger Federer in a third-set breaker. At Queen’s Club he fell to Feliciano Lopez in two tight tiebreakers.

Here at Wimbledon he was tipped for a deep run but Nishikori dominated him from start to finish to end those hopes.

“It's not shattering,” Kyrgios said when asked if he was shattered by the loss. “I mean, it's not I'm going—I mean, I'm disappointed. Like I'm pissed off, of course. Like I wanted to do well. Not much I can do really. Yeah, I mean, it's disappointing. It is what it is right now.

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Kyrgios Wins a Match and Learns a Lesson

This light-hearted moment brought to you by the always entertaining Nick Kyrgios. Learn something new everyday, right Nick Kyrgios?

That was the case on Day 4, when Kyrgios learned a bit about how a proper foot-fault is called. Hint: you cannot call it until it happens. Watch below to see the funny moment.


Kyrgios cruised past Dutchmen Robin Haase, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 in 96 minutes and will next face Kei Nishikori in the third round.

The Aussie cracked 19 aces and won 43 of 47 first serve points, but he was broken twice by Haase. No matter, Kyrgios broke Haase five times on eight opportunities to improve to 12-4 lifetime at Wimbledon. He has made the second week on three of his four appearances, but fell in the first round last year.

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Kyrgios is emerging as a threat to get deep in this draw, but he’s 0-3 lifetime against Nishikori. The pair haven’t met since 2016, and they’ve never played on grass.

“I grew up on grass,” Kyrgios said on Thursday. “I played on it when I was very young. We had Nationals back in Australia. I kind of always knew how to play on grass. I enjoy it. I think it's true tennis. There's a lot of interesting points on grass. People coming forward. You have to have good hands. Yeah, I mean, I enjoy it. I'm very comfortable on it.

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Tsitsipas Lands Magical Dive and Spot in Third Round at Wimbledon

The Greek has engineered the point of the tournament, and an important victory for himself and his country. “That dive was everything.”

That’s what 19-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas said of the dive that helped him close out the seventh game of his 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3 victory over American Jared Donaldson. You can view it below—prepare to have your mind blow.


Tsitsipas, playing in his second Wimbledon, moves on to the third round at a major for the first time. He’ll face a friend in Italy’s Thomas Fabbiano.

Fabbiano defeated Stan Wawrinka in three sets to reach the third round at Wimbledon for the first time.

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“I know him very well, we are very good friends with him actually,” Tsitsipas told a small gathering of reporters on Thursday afternoon. “It’s definitely going to be a tough battle against him, playing a guy who I know that well. … He’s a really nice guy but it will not matter tomorrow because tomorrow is a new day, a new beginning and what I need to do is play my game and stay humble because the tournament has just begun for me. It is an opportunity, I think of it as my chance.”

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Victoria Azarenka Takes a Step at Wimbledon, But the Road Is Still Long

The Belarussian has a lot on her plate, but still relishes the progress she makes each week on the tour. It wasn’t the Wimbledon Victoria Azarenka wanted, but even the impetuous superstar knows that however impatient she may be at heart, some things take time.

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After her 6-3, 6-3 loss to Karolina Pliskova that dropped her to 9-7 on the season, the 28-year-old shared her thoughts with media, saying that her life is a little more complicated now that she has a son and has been involved in a custody battle that has limited her time on court significantly in 2018.

“I think a lot of people don't really know on the daily basis what things that I have to go through, and that's okay,” she told reporters on Wednesday at Wimbledon. “But I think physically I'm very fit right now. Probably better than I have ever been before. But to be able to connect that with my tennis, it's been challenging and a little bit frustrating in a way, because, you know, sometimes when you're unfit or something, you're late to the ball or you're not making up steps or whatever. And for me it's the opposite and too early, I'm way too early to the ball, and then I have so much time that I'm thinking too much sometimes.”

It hasn’t been easy for Azarenka, a former World No.1 with two majors to her name, to get her once legendary game to click, but she believes it’s a process that will eventually work its way to fruition.

“That connection needs to happen at some point,” she said. “In practice, I'm able to manage it better, but in matches, it has to happen. But I think there is a progress from match to match, especially comparing my previous matches in Mallorca there is definitely a step forward, but it's not a finish line, for sure.”

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Azarenka, much like Williams, is still trying to process the demands of motherhood and seamlessly weave it into the fabric of an elite tennis career. It hasn’t been easy, and they may not be the worst thing. Both Williams and Azarenka have expressed that they sometimes feel guild when they are pulled away from their children to practice or carry out the numerous other activities that a professional tennis player must complete.


“The challenge is still to find the balance where I'm able to take some time for myself, which I don't like to do, and when I go out and practice or go out and play to be okay that I'm not spending this time with my son,” she said. “So I think it's still a balance that I need to do better at, but I'm learning.”

Azarenka will stay in London to compete in the mixed doubles tournament, pairing with Great Britain's Jamie Murray. After that she’ll play the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic at San Jose, California, from July 30 to Aug 5.

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Feliciano Lopez Has a Record that Roger Federer Can’t Beat

The Spaniard is tennis' ultimate iron man at the Grand Slams.


Respect, and nothing but. That’s the prevailing sentiment after Spain’s Feliciano Lopez took the court today to begin his 66th consecutive Grand Slam, setting a new record for ATP tennis, as he passed Roger Federer on the ATP's all-time list in that category.

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That he won makes the occasion even sweeter for Lopez, a 36-year-old hard-serving southpaw who has mastered the art of getting better with age like many of his contemporaries on the ATP tour.

And speaking of getting better, the run of 66 consecutive Grand Slams played is so good that not even Roger Federer can match it.

“When I was [thinking] about breaking the record, I thought, wow, I'm going to beat Federer at something, which is a lot already,” Lopez said after his 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Federico Delbonis.

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The Spaniard made some jokes, but he also talked seriously about the significance of a remarkable achievement. For more than 16 years he has not only been healthy enough to compete at every major, he has also kept his ranking in good enough standing to qualify for all of them.

There’s a reason nobody else has a streak as long, not even the great Federer.


“Of course it means a lot to me,” he said. “As I said before, it's not about reaching this number of the most consecutive Grand Slams played. It's about being 15 years or more playing at the top level.

“For me, after 30 years always so important to be competitive and to challenge the best players in the world. This is what I thought at this stage of my career was the most important thing, to stay healthy and to be able to compete against these monsters, because for me I played in the past against other monsters, but after the 30s it was so important for me to stay fresh and healthy, just to challenge these animals, because they are very—the level overall is getting higher and higher in the last decade.”

Lopez moves on to face another monster in the second round in Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro. Win or lose, he’s already made an indelible mark on Wimbledon 2018, and that mark could last forever.

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Wimbledon Day 3 Order of Play

Roger Federer and the Williams sisters are back in action on Day 3 at Wimbledon. Order of play for Day 3, Wimbledon

CENTRE COURT – SHOW COURT – 13:00 START

Karolina Pliskova (CZE) [7] vs Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
Roger Federer (SUI) [1] vs Lukas Lacko (SVK)
Viktoriya Tomova (BUL) vs Serena Williams (USA) [25]

No.1 COURT – SHOW COURT – 13:00 START

Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) vs Venus Williams (USA) [9]
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) vs Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [2]
Marin Cilic (CRO) [3] vs Guido Pella (ARG)

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No.2 COURT – SHOW COURT – 11:30 START

John Millman (AUS) vs Milos Raonic (CAN) [13]
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [32] vs Lucie Safarova (CZE)
Andreas Seppi (ITA) vs Kevin Anderson (RSA) [8]
Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) vs Barbora Strycova (CZE) [23]

No.3 COURT – SHOW COURT – 11:30 START

Katie Swan (GBR) vs Mihaela Buzarnescu (ROU) [29]
Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) vs Gael Monfils (FRA)
Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) vs Stan Wawrinka (SUI)
Tatjana Maria (GER) vs Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)

COURT 12 – SHOW COURT – 11:30 START

Luksika Kumkhum (THA) vs Madison Keys (USA) [10]
Sam Querrey (USA) [11] vs Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR)
John Isner (USA) [9] vs Ruben Bemelmans (BEL)
Katerina Siniakova (CZE) vs Ons Jabeur (TUN)

COURT 18 – SHOW COURT – 11:30 START

Lucas Pouille (FRA) [17] vs Dennis Novak (AUT)
Kiki Bertens (NED) [20] vs Anna Blinkova (RUS)
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) [31] vs Jared Donaldson (USA)

COURT 5 – 11:30 START

Ana Bogdan (ROU) / Kaitlyn Christian (USA) vs Yingying Duan (CHN) / Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR)
Taro Daniel (JPN) / Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) vs Antonio Sancic (CRO) / Andrei Vasilevski (BLR)
Dominic Inglot (GBR) / Franko Skugor (CRO) [15] vs Marton Fucsovics (HUN) / Mischa Zverev (GER)

COURT 6 – 11:30 START

Mirza Basic (BIH) / Dusan Lajovic (SRB) vs Fabrice Martin (FRA) / Purav Raja (IND)
Shuko Aoyama (JPN) / Jennifer Brady (USA) vs Darija Jurak (CRO) / Qiang Wang (CHN)
Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) / Nicolas Mahut (FRA) [4] vs Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP) / Marco Cecchinato (ITA)
Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN) / Yifan Xu (CHN) [6] vs Alison Riske (USA) / Olga Savchuk (UKR)

COURT 7 – 11:30 START

Anett Kontaveit (EST) / Monica Puig (PUR) vs Nicole Melichar (USA) / Kveta Peschke (CZE) [12]
Matteo Berrettini (ITA) / Maximilian Marterer (GER) vs Roman Jebavy (CZE) / Andres Molteni (ARG)
Maria Irigoyen (ARG) / Carina Witthoeft (GER) vs Kaia Kanepi (EST) / Andrea Petkovic (GER)
Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK) / Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) [9] vs David Ferrer (ESP) / Marc Lopez (ESP)

COURT 8 – 11:30 START

Rebecca Peterson (SWE) vs Donna Vekic (CRO)
Mackenzie McDonald (USA) vs Nicolas Jarry (CHI)
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) [25] vs Gilles Muller (LUX)

COURT 9 – 11:30 START

Andre Begemann (GER) / Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) vs Pablo Cuevas (URU) / Marcel Granollers (ESP) [11]
Christina McHale (USA) / Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) vs Naomi Broady (GBR) / Asia Muhammad (USA)
Katie Boulter (GBR) / Katie Swan (GBR) vs Lucie Hradecka (CZE) / Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) [14]
Elise Mertens (BEL) / Demi Schuurs (NED) [8] vs Sorana Cirstea (ROU) / Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP)

COURT 10 – 11:30 START

Robin Haase (NED) / Robert Lindstedt (SWE) vs Ivan Dodig (CRO) / Rajeev Ram (USA) [10]
Sofia Kenin (USA) / Sachia Vickery (USA) vs Nicola Geuer (GER) / Viktorija Golubic (SUI)
Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) / Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) vs Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) / Monica Niculescu (ROU) [13]
Max Mirnyi (BLR) / Philipp Oswald (AUT) [16] vs Julio Peralta (CHI) / Horacio Zeballos (ARG)

COURT 11 – 11:30 START

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) / Samantha Stosur (AUS) vs Nadiia Kichenok (UKR) / Anastasia Rodionova (AUS)
Liam Broady (GBR) / Scott Clayton (GBR) vs Frances Tiafoe (USA) / Jackson Withrow (USA)
Matthew Ebden (AUS) / Taylor Fritz (USA) vs Peter Gojowczyk (GER) / Benoit Paire (FRA)
Maria Sakkari (GRE) / Donna Vekic (CRO) vs Xinyun Han (CHN) / Luksika Kumkhum (THA)

COURT 14 – 11:30 START

Sorana Cirstea (ROU) vs Evgeniya Rodina (RUS)
Adrian Mannarino (FRA) [22] vs Ryan Harrison (USA)
Julia Goerges (GER) [13] vs Vera Lapko (BLR)
Jay Clarke (GBR) / Cameron Norrie (GBR) vs Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) / Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI)

COURT 15 – 11:30 START

Jonathan Erlich (ISR) / Marcin Matkowski (POL) vs Jonathan Eysseric (FRA) / Hugo Nys (FRA)
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) vs Jan-Lennard Struff (GER)
Veronika Kudermetova (RUS) / Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) vs Danielle Collins (USA) / Jessica Moore (AUS)

COURT 16 – 11:30 START

Ken Skupski (GBR) / Neal Skupski (GBR) vs Ilija Bozoljac (SRB) / Damir Dzumhur (BIH)
Aljaz Bedene (SLO) vs Radu Albot (MDA)
Belinda Bencic (SUI) / Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) vs Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) / Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP)

COURT 17 – 11:30 START

Andrea Petkovic (GER) vs Yanina Wickmayer (BEL)
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs Daniil Medvedev (RUS)
Madison Brengle (USA) vs Camila Giorgi (ITA)
Alex Bolt (AUS) / Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) vs Raven Klaasen (RSA) / Michael Venus (NZL) [13]

MATCHES TO BE ARRANGED

NOT BEFORE 17.00

Raquel Atawo (USA) / Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) [11] vs Xenia Knoll (SUI) / Anna Smith (GBR)
Luke Bambridge (GBR) / Jonny O'Mara (GBR) vs Lukasz Kubot (POL) / Marcelo Melo (BRA) [2]
Ysaline Bonaventure (BEL) / Bibiane Schoofs (NED) vs Hao-Ching Chan (TPE) / Zhaoxuan Yang (CHN) [7]

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Watch: Rafael Nadal Just Hit the Most Jaw-Dropping Smash You’ll Ever See at Wimbledon

The Spaniard needed something incredible to win the point. He found it.


File under: things that make your jaw drop.

Also: how did he do that?

And: can this guy win Wimbledon?

Check out this amazing, athletic over-the-shoulder smash from Rafael Nadal during the second set of his first-round match with Dudi Sela of Israel on Day 2 of the Championships. It’s just a gentle reminder that while many like to label Nadal a “grinder” and a “baseliner” he is one of the greatest shotmakers to ever live.

Tennis Express

Just look at how he snaps this ball while in full flight like a flying lawnmower tossed about in a storm but still resolutely focused on trimming Wimbledon’s lawns.

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