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Muguruza, 11 Seeds Upset Thursday at Wimbledon; Serena, Venus Friday

Posted by Staff on June 30th, 2016 @ 11:40 pm

World No. 2 Garbine Muguruza’s thoughts of challenging Serena Williams for the world No. 1 spot got reset on Thursday when the Spaniard was stunned in the second round at Wimbledon by unseeded Slovak Jana Cepelova 6-3, 6-2.

The 23-year-old Cepelova, ranked No. 124, beat last year’s finalist after, in 2015, stunning Simona Halep on the same court.

“I have some great players beaten so I’m very satisfied,” said Cepelova, who also …

ITF Announces Olympic Players and Doubles Teams: Federer, Djokovic, Nadal, Serena Named

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 30th, 2016 @ 7:52 pm

The ITF announced the provisional entry list for the 2016 Olympic tennis competition starting August 3 in Rio.

Some of the top names in the sport will be there including defending gold medallist Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal who hopes to be healthy by then.

And Caroline Wozniacki also won her appeal to play, so she’ll also be there.

“It’s been a long wait BUT …

Viktor Troicki Had Another Epic Meltdown On Court Today [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 30th, 2016 @ 7:32 pm

Viktor Troicki did it again. The combustible 30-year-old Serb exploded in rage after a serve was overturned giving his opponent, Albert Ramos-Vinolas, match point in the Wimbledon second round today.

Troicki has had his share of issues. Three years ago he commandeered a camera on court in Rome to prove his point. And he was suspended for not submitting to a drug test. Now …

Gilles Simon Wanted To Sue The Chair Umpire Today When He Should Have Sued Himself For Choking

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 30th, 2016 @ 7:23 pm

Gilles Simon wasn’t pleased to be playing in the moist weather today at Wimbledon. And it didn’t help that he wasn’t playing well. Simon lost to Grigor Dimitrov in four sets 63, 76(1), 46, 64.

And during the loss, he threatened to sue the umpire for not stopping the match and forcing him to play in the light drizzle.

“I don’t want to play, when it’s raining, on grass. That’s it,” Simon …

Have Milos Raonic And John McEnroe Already Split?

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 30th, 2016 @ 7:14 pm

According to reports out of Britain, the coaching partnership between Milos Raonic and John McEnroe may already be over, or at least on ice.

The BBC’s Tim Heman was quoted on air revealing that the two had split because of McEnroe duties with the BBC and ESPN. And that’s why McEnroe failed to show up for Raonic’s win today over Andreas Seppi.

“He’s not actually working with Raonic anymore because he’s …

Konta Avoids Brexit; Kvitova On Song; Thurs. Preview at Wimbledon

Posted by Staff on June 29th, 2016 @ 10:24 pm

There were no upsets among the few matches played between the rains on Wednesday at Wimbledon, where a former champ advanced in fine form, and a seeded Brit thrilled the home crowd by finally moving into the second round.

Top 10-seeded winners and title threats No. 3 Aggie Radwanska, No. 7 Belinda Bencic, and No. 10 Petra Kvitova were all winners.

Radwanska eased past the Ukraine’s Kateryna Kozlova 6-2, 6-1, Bencic beat …

Federer Smacks Down Teaching Pro; Djokovic Wins, Thurs. Previews

Posted by Jeremy Davis on June 29th, 2016 @ 6:08 pm

Another day of limited play due to rain saw only eight matches completed at Wimbledon, where Brit teaching pro Marcus Willis had his day in the (semi-) sun before being dispatched 6-0, 6-3, 6-4 by No. 3 seed Roger Federer.

Federer kept himself entertained during the beatdown by pondering the historic significance of the match.

“As I was playing, I was thinking, ‘This is definitely one of the matches I’ll remember,’” Federer …

Wozniacki 0-3 at Slams; Serena Struggles Through at Wimbledon; Wed. Preview

Posted by Jeremy Davis on June 28th, 2016 @ 11:54 pm

Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, unseeded at Wimbledon, saw her terribly terrible 2016 season spiral further down the English drain when she was shuttered out in the first round on Tuesday, with help from a bad draw as the Dane fell 7-5, 6-4 to multi-Slam champion and No. 13 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova.

“It just sucks right now to be out of the tournament — there’s not much else to say,” said …

Murray Beats Another Brit, Wawrinka Lines Up Del Potro, Federer vs. Cinderella Willis Wed. at Wimbledon

Posted by Staff on June 28th, 2016 @ 6:42 pm

Another shocking lack of upsets saw all 10 seeds in action advance into the second round Tuesday on a day cut short by rain at Wimbledon, led, at least to the home crowd, by No. 2 seed Andy Murray winning an all-British match-up against Liam Broady 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.

Broady, perhaps best known as the brother of WTA player Naomi who was cut from the LTA women’s program after posing scantily …

Brit Marcus Willis Upstages Roger Federer, Entire Men’s Field with Wild Wimbledon Win Monday

Posted by Staff on June 27th, 2016 @ 9:48 pm

GOAT and seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer won on Monday at the All England Club, but he was overshadowed by the man who will be his second-round opponent — British qualifier Marcus Willis, ranked No. 772, who won a pre-qualifying tournament before making it through the qualifying event, then on Monday upset No. 54-ranked Ricardas Berankis at Wimbledon 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.

“It’s gotten a little bit out of hand,” said the …

Muguruza Muddles Through; Halep Hopes Achilles OK; Serena Debuts Tuesday at Wimbledon

Posted by Staff on June 27th, 2016 @ 4:54 pm

The top women seeds were prepared for opening day on Monday at Wimbledon, where 14 of the 16 seeds in action moved into the second round, with only two lower-seeded upsets.

Fighting off an early exit was No. 2 seed and last year’s runner-up Garbine Muguruza, who overcame a difficult draw to eventually best Italy’s Camila Giorgi 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.

“I think Wimbledon is a very tricky tournament, because the grass sometimes, …

Former Champs Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Venus Williams Open Play Monday At Wimbledon

Posted by Staff on June 26th, 2016 @ 6:56 pm

The third Grand Slam of the season begins Monday at Wimbledon with former champions Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer on the marquee.

Djokovic, who faces Brit James Ward, is seeking his third straight Wimbledon and fifth straight Slam. The Serb is halfway to becoming the second man in the Open Era to win the calendar Grand Slam after Rod Laver did it in 1969.

“Pressure is part of what we do,” Djokovic …

Nick Kyrgios Confident Ahead Of Wimbledon

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 25th, 2016 @ 6:34 pm

Just 21, Nick Kyrgios seems like a veteran at Wimbledon. The brash Australian stunned Rafael Nadal in his Wimbledon debut two years ago and last year beat Milos Raonic to make the fourth round (he lost to Richard Gasquet). Now, he comes in as a Top 15 seed and is ready to take it even further. But he’ll open against the tricky veteran Radek Stepanek.

“It is obviously pretty exciting for …

Andy Murray Not Interested In Discussing #Brexit, But He’s Happy To Talk Liam Broady!

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 25th, 2016 @ 6:20 pm

The big news out of the United Kingdown the last 24 hours has been its decision to leave the 28-country European Union. The narrow 51.9 to 48.1 vote had many stunned. And the result sunk world financial markets, forced the PM to resign and spurred speculation of economic trouble for England.

Today at Wimbledon, Murray, one of the biggest sporting stars in the country, steered clear of giving his thoughts of …

Roger Federer: My Back Has Won Me 88 Titles, So I’m OK With My Back

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 25th, 2016 @ 6:02 pm

Roger Federer met the press today in London ahead of his bid to win an 8th Wimbledon title. The Swiss is making his first appearance at a major since the Australian Open after ending his consecutive Slam streak at 65 when he missed the French Open last month. Federer now says the back which kept him out of Paris isn’t a worry.

“Look, this back has won me 88 titles, …