Federer, Serena, Venus Open Play Monday At Wimbledon
by Staff | July 2nd, 2018, 7:49 am
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The 132nd Championships at Wimbledon opens on Monday, and the big questions will be…What will Roger Federer be wearing when he walks out at 1pm on Centre Court? The Swiss’s contract with longtime sponsor Nike expired in March, and there’s been rumors we could see a new brand on Federer as early as today.

Federer, who faces Dusan Lajovic in a rematch of their second round encounter at Wimbledon last year, is seeking a 99th career title and 9th Wimbledon.

After a 2-year absence, Serena Williams returns to Wimbledon seeking an 8th title and a record-tying 24th Slam overall. Serena will meet Dutchwoman Arantxa Rus.

And at 38, Venus returns hoping to shake off the disappointment of opening round losses at her last two Slams. Venus will take on Johanna Larsson.

2017 finalist Marin Cilic is in action along with Milos Raonic, John Isner, Sam Querrey. And two matches two match are Richard Gasquet against Gael Monfils, and Grigor Dimitrov and Stan Wawrinka.

For the women, former No. 1s Caroline Wozniacki and Karolina Pliskova are on court. As are Sloane Stephens, Coco Vandeweghe and Madison Keys.

MONDAY WIMBLEDON SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT – 1:00PM
1. Roger Federer v Dusan Lajovic
2. Varvara Lepchenko v Caroline Wozniacki
3. Stan Wawrinka v Grigor Dimitrov

NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM
1. Donna Vekic v Sloane Stephens
2. Liam Broady v Milos Raonic
3. Arantxa Rus v Serena Williams

NO.2 COURT – 11:30AM
1. Marin Cilic v Yoshihito Nishioka
2. Johanna Larsson v Venus Williams
3. Gael Monfils v Richard Gasquet
4. Elina Svitolina v Tatjana Maria


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46 Comments for Federer, Serena, Venus Open Play Monday At Wimbledon

Daniel Says:

Federer in UniqLo. Chocked!! 😱😱


Daniel Says:

Shows still Nike.


Daniel Says:

Shoes


Giles Says:

I see no more prestigious NIKE for fed, he’s wearing Uniqlo ( who?) now. Lol. No more “ RF” logo! Will they make him blazers and cardigans with gold buttons and trimmings?


Daniel Says:

Lajovic is playing bad, missing a lot.


Daniel Says:

After 1-0 Lajovic is now 9-0 games for Federer: 6-1 and 3-0. 29 min and they already played 10 games. Just what he needed to realx and not feel 1st round nerves.

Cilic through in straights.


Okiegal Says:

@Daniel…….. Are you shocked or choked over Fed’s new clothing sponsor?? Ugly, no?? What was he thinking?? Oh lots and lots of moolah…… can’t fault him for that! Money is the name of the game!!! He’s playing great atm. He will hoist the trophy once again…. me thinks…..


Daniel Says:

Both Oki, kkkk

Thought the logo was too big and don’t like red of it also.

He is sharp but Lajovic is helping also, maybe nerves, probably his first centre court.


Daniel Says:

Mirka lost some weight, looking great.


the_mind_reels Says:

@Giles: you’ll recall that one Djokovic made the move to Uniqlo a few years back, though he’s now moved on to Lacoste.

Great start today from Federer!


Okiegal Says:

@Daniel……That brand is not nearly as sharp looking as Nike, but Fed lkes it, that’s what is important. I have never liked it that much, a little plain for my taste. He always looked so sharp in the Nike gear but the brand of clothing certainly did not interfere with his game today! Of course his opponent was helping that along as you said…… probably first match nerves and we all know you can’t do that against Roger. Have a good week Daniel!


Giles Says:

TMR. I am fully aware of that.


Giles Says:

Somehow I don’t think Uniqlo is going to be very lucky for fed. Just a hunch.


Margot Says:

Early days, OK, early days, but you’re welcome to come and say, “I told you so” if he wins….if ;)


Madmax Says:

Giles Says:
I see no more prestigious NIKE for fed, he’s wearing Uniqlo ( who?) now. Lol. No more “ RF” logo! Will they make him blazers and cardigans with gold buttons and trimmings?

July 2nd, 2018 at 8:12 am

Hope so Giles. Anything that is brattish for Fed. He doesn’t need more recognition. He can make his own decisions and go from there. I agree, NIKE is more prestigious, but perhaps by wearing Uniqlo remember Federer is a Global Brand Ambassador, any company would be proud to have Federer support them. It will increase the branding of Uniqlo rather than further the Federer brand which is already established. I think he is pretty safe. Don’t you agree?

You might be interested to know that the following are also global ambassadors for Uniqlo:

SHINGO KUNIEDA – world class wheel chair tennis champion
KEI NISHIKORI – really, say no more. no really.
ADAM SCOTT – world class pro golfer

ROGER FEDERER! THE Roger Federer. Say no more. It will be interesting to see what the next design will be.


RZ Says:

Some early Wimbledon thoughts:
- RIP RF logo
- No surprise to see Sloane go out early. She didn’t play any grass warm-ups, is generally inconsistent from one tournament to the other, and had a tough opponent in Donna Vekic, who is a very good grasscourt player.
- Didn’t see the Pliskova-Dart match, but it looks like Dart did herself proud in her first grand slam outing.


Madmax Says:

Giles Says:
Somehow I don’t think Uniqlo is going to be very lucky for fed. Just a hunch.

July 2nd, 2018 at 9:43 am

He is going to be super lucky Giles. Don’t worry.


RZ Says:

Some quick stats from the Racquet Bracket (28 entries in all, though some of us have multiple entries in there).

Cilic is the most popular choice to reach the semis – all but 1 entry has him getting to the final 4. Fed was the 2nd most popular choice to reach the semis (chosen 24 times). No real crazy semi picks IMO.

For the final, both Fed and Cilic are the most popular picks, being chosen 14 times each (so half of the entries chose Fed, the other half chose Cilic). Djokovic was the 3rd most popular finalist pick (9 entries).

For the championship, Fed was by far the most popular pick – chosen 11 times. One brave soul chose Kyrgios to go all the way. (Stranger things have happened)


el_matador Says:

this roger’s half of the draw is quite crap to be honest..


Giles Says:

He’s always handed “ crappy” draws. Nothing new.


el_matador Says:

cnt agree..rafa,roger both get crappy draws now & then..what I’m frustrated about is that lots of matches in this side are “meh”


RZ Says:

Disagree about Fed having a crap draw. Coric was in his quarter (until he lost today) and he beat Fed at Halle. He also has some dangerous servers – Karlovic, Muller, Anderson – in his quarter, and they can pull off an upset against anyone on a strong serving day. Plus there is Querrey (semifinalist last year) in his quarter. I don’t see any of these guys beating Fed, but they are not easy draws on grass. Most importantly, if the seedings hold, Fed would have to play Cilic (who won Queens this year and is very good on grass, finalist at Wimbledon last year) in the semis.


Willow Says:

Stan / Grigor is an interesting match for a first round ….


Van Persie Says:

Decent outfit for Serena.That’s more like it ;)

Was in Holiday. Arrives just in time for Wimbly :D


Van Persie Says:

Rooting for Karolina Pliskova to win her first slam here. May the trend of 1 time GS winners continue: Sloane at UO 2017, Woz AO 2018, Simona FO 2018.


el_matador Says:

yep..stan/grigor is a good match.
& it’s living up to its’ potential..monflis/gasquet very good too


Humble Rafa Says:

The Arrogant One wearing Uniqlo is like David hugging Goliath. Well,h e could have gone with Walmart or Carrefour.


el_matador Says:

yeah rz..cilic sf is gonna be hard..but in the rafa side u got novak,delpo,zverev,thiem,edmund,kyrgios,nishikori,shapovalov etc..so that half is more interesting to me


el_matador Says:

so happy for stan..cant stand dimitriv for the hype he’s been getting for years for no reason..his only achievement has been dating serena & maria


j-kath Says:

el_matador:
Also very Happy for Stan.
Grigor lost his mojo?

Grigor gone way beyond Serena and Maria – his current lady and he are planning a family – (she is 40 years old).


Madmax Says:

He said: “I’m not going to tell him what to play and what not to play. I think most important is if he does return, he’s fully fit, because then anything is possible, especially for a former top guy. You have it.

“I’m hopeful to see a fully fit Andy Murray again. That’s what I care about really as a fellow rival, friend, guy around who has been there before. That’s what I’m hopeful for.”

Roger, you are so right. Only Murray can make that decision, together with his team. The right one in order to preserve his longevity in the game.

Good call.


Madmax Says:

Stan is on the comeback tour. I expected him to win and he did. I think Grigor has other things on his mind, perhaps it is his time next year. Needs to be more focused and put tennis first rather than girls. Such talent, but it seems a bit wasted right now.


j-kath Says:

It struck me today that Coric’s loss and Stan’s win are symptomatic of the current state of tennis:

. the newish generation (eg Coric & co.) can win a match but find it extremely difficult to replicate success:
. the mature players (e.g. Stan & co.) are truly aware of the need for stamina and what it takes to play long matches and win them and still have the energy and skill to carry forward.

So the names of approx. 6 players who are usually in the quarter-finals; semis and finals have not really changed and are unlikely to vanish for at least another 3/4 years.


Willow Says:

Lovely to see Stan playing so well again, sad for Grigor, but a GS champion can hit form out of nowhere, could hopefully be a turning point for Stan ….


Daniel Says:

Grigor, Coric and Gasquet messing my draw up.

Since 2003 Big 4 rule Wimbledon with multiple titles between them. With Andy out, that remains Fed, Nadal and Djoko.

Until somebody different actually win Wimbledon, to me the title remains with them, specially Fed or Djoko, who won 5 of the last 7, each were in 4 finals, as Nadal can’t go beyond R16 last 6 years


Willow Says:

It will be three years since Novak last won Wimbledon ….


RZ Says:

@Daniel – same here! I think one of my 2 draws might have had Coric going out early (curse of winning a tournament before) but I just couldn’t pick Monfils over Gasquet on grass. Monfils always messes up my brackets whether or not I pick him!


RZ Says:

@el_matador – maybe more interesting, but I don’t expect we’re going to see deep runs from Zverev (still injured), Thiem (not great on grass due to his positioning and style of play), Edmund (home favorite but not a threat to Rafa), Nishikori (can be overpowered on grass and injury prone) or Shapovalov (inconsistent). Kyrgios is a wild card – can win the whole thing or lose in the first round.


skeezer Says:

Dr. Ivo is through, one more win and he plays Fed ( if Fed wins the next match ).
The big server has ALWAYS given Fed fits.


Humble Rafa Says:

The big server has ALWAYS given Fed fits.

It’s a match you MUST watch. Grass court tennis at its best.


skeezer Says:

“It’s a match you MUST watch.”
Enjoy!


Daniel Says:

Dito RZ, I have never picked Monfils right in this 10 years we play brackets LOL


Madmax Says:

Willow Says:
It will be three years since Novak last won Wimbledon ….

July 2nd, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Willow, this is so. Plus, don’t you think he is moving better and his confidence is building? I do. He has a real chance if he can keep his head.

I do believe that Novak is back. With Murray returning some day soon, do you think ‘order will be restored?’

Daniel, can you chip in here as well? Rafa (1) Federer (2) Novak/Murray, will work their way back to the top, in good time. It is just so good they are here and working through their injuries, both physically and mentally.

The Monfils and Gasquet match yesterday was so good. Always amazes me that Monfils, has not taken ore advantage of his talent. Some of the shots he was making yesterday were brreathtaking. Together with Gasquet, that backhand really was just beautiflul to watch.


Willow Says:

Madmax IMO Novaks getting there, but i think he will only be fully back when hes winning titles again, and he hasnt won one in quite some time now, also i think Federer has a game more suited to grass than Novak and Rafa, whom are both vulnerable when it comes to the big hitters, i see more GS in both and Andy, but i dont think Novak will dominate again, however im not a fan so its best to ask somebody who is, as they are better judges than i am i feel ….


Willow Says:

^And please play nicely Novak fans as we are all entitled to our opinions ^ ….


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