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July 3rd, 2015

Roger Federer Is Finding Wimbledon’s All-White Policy Too Extreme

Despite all his success at Wimbledon, Roger Federer continues to take issue with the club’s strict clothing policy. According to Federer, and several other players, Wimbledon is getting more and more strict through the years with their enforcement of the all-white rule.

“I just find it quite extreme to what extent it’s gotten to white,” Federer said yesterday after a quick win over Sam Querrey. “We’re talking white like it was in the ’50s. If you look at the pictures then, …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:54 am in Wimbledon | 81 Comments »

July 3rd, 2015

Dustin Brown: I Had A Plan Against Rafa, To Take Him Out Of His Comfort Zone

It’s becoming part of Wimbledon tradition, Rafael Nadal losing to a low ranked player. Following in the footsteps of other triple-digit ranked players to beat Nadal on Wimbledon’s Centre Court, yesterday qualifier Dustin Brown made his debut on the most famous court in tennis and stunned Rafa 75, 36, 64, 64.

Brown now leads Nadal 2-0 in their head-to-head after also beating the Spaniard in Halle last year 64, 61.

In the 2-hour, 34-minute match, Brown won 71 of 99 serve and …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:09 am in Wimbledon | 7 Comments »

July 3rd, 2015

Rafael Nadal: I Don’t Know If I Will Be Back To The Level I Was From 2006-2011

It was another tough Wimbledon for Rafael Nadal. For the fourth straight year the Spaniard was ousted by a player ranked 100 or below, yesterday his conqueror was German Dustin Brown in the 75, 36, 64, 64 stunner.

As his ranking continues to fall, Nadal’s slump in big events continues. He hasn’t been to a Slam semifinal since that 2014 French Open. After the shocking loss Nadal spoke to the media:

Q. What went wrong today?
RAFAEL NADAL: You know, the opponent, myself. …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 8:39 am in Wimbledon | 1 Comment »

July 2nd, 2015

Rafa Hits Rock Bottom Thurs. at Wimbledon; Friday Highlights

You knew it was going to be a match if you knew their history — unheralded German-via-Jamaica’s Dustin Brown beating Rafael Nadal last year at the ATP event in Halle.

Fluke? No. That was when Rafa was even functional.

This year, the same Dustin Brown, but a mentally decimated Rafa. If you were into online tennis betting, you bet the house. And you won.

On Thursday at Wimbledon Dustin Brown became the fourth consecutive non-Top 100 player to beat Nadal at Wimbledon, triumphing …

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 11:53 pm in Tennis, Wimbledon | 21 Comments »

July 2nd, 2015

RIP: Rafael Nadal (2003-2015)?

All great athletes rise, all great athletes fall. Falling and failing, that’s what’s happening right now to Rafael Nadal.

Earlier today, as many of you saw, Nadal was sent out of Wimbledon for the fourth year in a row by a player who had no business beating a former No. 1. After head-scratching losses to Lukas Rosol, Steve Darcis and Nick Kyrgios, today the man who ended his grass season and effectively ended Nadal’s hopes of ever winning another Wimbledon, …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 7:08 pm in Wimbledon | 81 Comments »

July 2nd, 2015

Watch This Incredible Front Tweener From Roger Federer Today At Wimbledon [Video]

While Rafael Nadal continues his struggles, Roger Federer had no trouble whatsoever crushing American Sam Querrey 64, 62, 62 in the Wimbledon second round.

During the win. Federer had time for this incredible front tweener lob, which eventually won him the point.

“He’s got that aura around him. You know, today he hit that shot between the legs,” Querrey said. “He hit some amazing shots. You want to go over and give him a high-five sometimes.”

Said …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 4:16 pm in Best Shots, Videos, Wimbledon | 4 Comments »

July 2nd, 2015

Highlights From Dustin Brown’s Win Over Rafael Nadal In The Wimbledon Second Round [Video]

Here are the highlights from Dustin Brown’s improbable, stunning 75, 36, 64, 64, win over 2-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal today in the second round.

The loss was Nadal’s fourth straight at Wimbledon to a player ranked 100 or lower.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 4:05 pm in Videos, Wimbledon | 2 Comments »

July 2nd, 2015

For The Fourth Straight Year A Triple-Digit Ranked Player Beats Rafael Nadal At Wimbledon [Chart]

Rafael Nadal suffered yet another shocking loss to player ranked 100 or lower today at Wimbledon. Who would have guess that when the 2-time Wimbledon champion lost to Lukas Rosol in 2012, that was just the start.

On Thursday, Nadal fell to German Dustin Brown 75 36 64 64 on Centre Court in the second round. It was Brown’s second win over the former No. 1 in as many years. And the 30-year-old is now 2-0 against Nadal.

Nadal reached the finals …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 3:55 pm in Charts, Wimbledon | 25 Comments »

July 2nd, 2015

Thanks for the Input Ladies, But Men’s Tennis is Just Fine

This Wimbledon has been rife with women telling the men’s tour what they need to do.

Judy Murray, the British Fed Cup captain and mum of Andy Murray, says the men need to adopt the WTA’s heat rule which allows 10 additional minutes between sets when the “heat stress index” tops out.

“I think the men should adopt it as well, especially because they have to play five sets,” said Mrs. Murray. “And a slam is such a tough thing to play …

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 1:22 pm in Tennis, Wimbledon | 22 Comments »

July 2nd, 2015

Stan Wawrinka Thinks Novak Djokovic’s Return Of Serve Is The Best Shot In Tennis

Thanks to John McEnroe and Brad Gilbert’s banter, the players at Wimbledon this week have been asked about the best shots in the game.

Stan Wawrinka offered his pick taking Novak Djokovic’s return of serve as the shot he’d like to have.

“I will take Novak return,” Wawrinka said. “Because he’s so good. He make you play all the time. He always find solution how to return each player. Always putting yourself under pressure even when you’re serving.”

This year, Djokovic ranks …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 8:13 am in Wimbledon | 21 Comments »

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