With New Coach Ivanisevic, Djokovic Opens Play Monday At Wimbledon; Venus v 15-Year-Old Gauff

by Staff | June 30th, 2019, 6:10 pm

Wimbledon begins Monday with defending champion Novak Djokovic opening the event in the traditional 1pm slot on Center Court. Seeking a fifth Wimbledon title, the Serb has added a new face to the team, former champion Goran Ivanisevic.

Djokovic made no mention of the addition when speaking to the press just yesterday, but today he came onto the practice courts with the 2001 champion. Ivanisevic has coached Milos Raonic, Tomas Berdych and Marin Cilic in the past.

Serbian press confirmed the addition which seems to be just for Wimbledon.

Djokovic start his defense against Philipp Kohlschrieber who beat the World No. 1 at Indian Wells this year.

“I’m approaching this year’s Wimbledon as defending champion, No. 1 of the world,” Djokovic said. “Last year I was in top 20, but I did drop out of top 20 after French Open I think.

“Even though after winning 15 slams, I still value these tournaments very much and understand the importance they have, importance of winning them on my entire career, my confidence, my future.”

The man Djokovic beat in the 2018 final, Kevin Anderson, is also in action playing just his second event in his comeback from an elbow injury.

Stan Wawrinka makes his return and there are a bunch of youngsters with Alexander Zverev, Karen Khachanov, Stefanos Tsitsipas and 18-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime who is the youngest in the draw.

In the women’s draw, at 39, 5-time champion Venus Williams meets someone 24 years younger than her, 15-year-old Coco Gauff. Gauff needed a wildcard just to get into qualifying and then she proceeded to dominate in her three matches. No she faces her idol.

The struggling Naomi Osaka opens against Yulia Putintseva who has two wins this year over the former No. 1, including just recently at Birmingham.

“It’s been kind of tough, especially since it’s way more unpredictable than clay,” Osaka said of her transition from clay to grass. “But, you know, I feel like it should be good for me because it’s very heavily reliant on the first serves, sort of being the first person to be aggressive. I’ve been kind of trying to learn every day. I think it’s been a very humbling experience.”

More former No. 1s dot the schedule like Simona Halep, Eastbourne champion Karolina Pliskova, Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki.

Centre Court – 1:00 PM Start
Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] versus Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)
Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) versus Naomi Osaka (JPN) [2]
Kyle Edmund (GBR) [30] versus Jaume Munar (ESP)

No.1 Court – 1:00 PM Start
Simona Halep (ROU) [7] versus Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR)
Jiri Vesely (CZE) (Q) versus Alexander Zverev (GER) [6]
Venus Williams (USA) versus Cori Gauff (USA) (Q)

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24 Comments for With New Coach Ivanisevic, Djokovic Opens Play Monday At Wimbledon; Venus v 15-Year-Old Gauff

rajesh Says:

Best of luck to all bracket challengers

RZ Says:

Thanks Rajesh – you too!

Van Persie Says:

Perfect start for Nole. well, maybe the 2nd serve could improve in the enxt reounds, but all good
Nice to see Ivanisevic in Nole’s box ;)

RZ Says:

Here are some stats from the bracket entries. 24 entries in all. While there was more diversity in picks from the French Open, there still wasn’t a whole lot of variation in our later rounds.
– Federer was chosen the most often to make the semi (23 of 24 of us chose him), followed by Djokovic (19), Nadal (14), and Wawrinka (8). No huge surprises in the semi picks, although someone chose Coric who has since withdrawn from the tournament. (Unfortunately Tourneytopia did not update the brackets after the withdrawal)
– Djokovic was chosen the most times to make the final (17) followed closely by Federer (15). Nadal was chosen 9 times and Tsitsipas 5 times. Only two other guys were chosen to make the final, once each: Wawrinka and Khachanov.
– Djokovic and Federer again led the pack for tournament winners, being chosen 9 times each. The other win picks were Nadal (5 times) and 1 person chose Tsitsipas.

RZ Says:

FAA gets a first slam match win! Nice moment at the net with Pospisil, who looked very happy for his compatriot (and on Canada day too).

j-kath Says:

RZ: Amazing – one Canadian versus another on CANADA Day….
PS: Tsitsip – not having his own way today vs. small Ialian Fabbiana…may foul up a number of brackets.

RZ Says:

@J-Kath, both Tsitsipas and Zverev have tough first round opponents. Fabbiano and Vesely are both good grasscourters.

rajesh Says:

Zverev and tsitsipas out

Giles Says:

Joker laughing all the way to the bank!

RZ Says:

Osaka is another victim of a tough first round opponent (and generally bad match-up for her) in Putintseva. I know grass isn’t Osaka’s best surface, but I wonder how much her game has been affected by her coaching changes earlier this year.

In the meantime, Coco Gauff is making the most of her slam debut.

RZ Says:

Wow, Gauff pulled off the upset. And Venus was so gracious to her at the net.

j-kath Says:

RZ: Zverez has been going down the drain for a while – and with top quality coaches. Tsitsipas – a bit better – but his opponent was 30 years old and on paper was likely to lose. The younger lot just ain’t up to it when the “going gets tough”. That said, it is time for Venus to retire – she’s simply too slow…and for me I’d rather see her retire than be the prey of every up-and-coming player – and spoil the memory of her good years.

Daniel Says:

Knew it this Wimbledon would have a bunch of upsets, but did not see them losing 1st round. Zverev really is in a major slump, he went downhill insted of uphill. Matter of time before he is out of top 10

Wog Boy Says:

Osaka said that she didn’t feel comfortable not happy with Aleksandar Sascha Bajin in her box.
I believe she is much more comfortable and happier without him, results since AO are very telling, no?!
Maybe we should ask her father since he is the one that is calling the shots?

Wog Boy Says:

“..nor happy..” should say

Kimberly Says:

Zverev clearly plays not to lose in the majors. Decelerates in his shots and plays too safe

Van Persie Says:

Hey WB,

I replied you yesterday on below thread, not sure if you have seen it :


Wog Boy Says:

Hi VP,

Yes, I have seen it, but lost it on my mobile later, sorry for not replying immediately.
Definitely “Dva Jelena” (Two Deers) are one of quite a few of options in that part of the city.
We’ll stay in touch here just to make sure we meet there, as long as I know which dates you will be there since few trips are prebooked and others I can work around your time in Belgrade.
I have two Aussie friends, motorcycle lovers (special breed of human beings) they are coming with me, renting motorcycles in Belgrade, continuing European tour from Belgrade west to Austria, Swiss, Germany, back through Croatia and Adriatic coast (one of them is married to Aussie Serbian and she let him go away but to visit her place of origin which is near Zadar city), Bosnia and Serbia again (after August the 5th), they mapped their entire trip and want to have a taste of Guca festival before we all fly back to Aussiland.
Last week of July until 6th of August would be ideal to catch up, looking forward.

Wog Boy Says:

Just checked my itinerary, 24/7-05/08 would be ideal, can you fit your few days in BG in that time frame, say YES please?;)

Van Persie Says:

Hehe, WB, just checking the scores from work, as the matches are starting now :)
Also checking Tennis X : weekend from KW 30: 26-28 July would be fine for me, or 04-06 August. We could decide in the next 2 weeks which dates are the best, but it fits to your time frame , so all good ;)

Van Persie Says:

P.S. If it is the 1st time for your Aussie friends in Europe, inform them that they have to pay for public toilet here. I knew a few Aussies, they were shocked by this :D

Wog Bog Says:

All good VP, I am leaving this weekend, we will work out which weekend we will catch up.
thanks for the tip, one of them was in Europe before and he was actually in BG too and learned the toilet lesson when Gypsy lady that maintains the toilet didn’t want to let him in until he dropped the coin in the box, and he was busting:)

Van Persie Says:


OK, we will catch up then, am looking forward to it.:)

chrisford1 Says:

At least when you pay, there is a chance that the lou will be cleaner. Going into a Port-A-Potty on the USO grounds after a few burning hot days is an olfactory horror story.

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