Wimbledon Diary: Tuesday 26 June
Originally published on: 27/06/12 00:00
Near perfect forecast
The legendary Wimbledon weather forecast indicated possible heavy showers at around 2pm. At 2.26pm, almost to time, a heavy shower appeared and the covers went over the courts. The rain that arrived at 8.20 pm, however, was not predicted. 8/10 for accuracy.
With strapping on the little finger of his right hand because of an injury sustained during a match at Roland Garros, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga admitted he will have to reconsider his flamboyant playing style. “It hurt me especially when I dive,” said the Frenchman after beating 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt. “I did only one dive today and it hurt me a lot. I will stop diving.” No coach could have told him that.
Ice and slice
American Brian Baker arrived at his press conference with an ice pack on his shoulder – a post match routine for many players, but rarely seen in the press room and more worrying for a player on the comeback trail after five surgeries over six years. After winning his first main draw match at Wimbledon, the 27-year-old insisted the ice was more of a precaution, “I have had a little bit of a sore shoulder since the French [Open],” he admitted.
Bish bash bosh
Not a great day to be the racket on the end of the arm of either Bernard Tomic or Feliciano Lopez. The frames ended the day crumpled and discarded as both their owners showed their frustration at exiting the Championships in the first round.
With plenty of intrigue coming out of Tuesday’s ITF announcement of the players selected for the tennis event at the Olympic Games, the burning question is who Serena will partner in the mixed. Andy Roddick has threatened to withdraw the hospitality he extends to the world No. 6 if it’s not him. Commenting on this difficult decision, Serena joked: “I have so much fun with Andy and his wife. Oh, my gosh. We have a blast. So that's a tough one.”
Aussie men come up short
Suffering their worst result at Wimbledon since 1938, there are no Australian men left in the singles draw. “The boys didn’t have the best day,” said Lleyton Hewitt. Poms instead get the chance to gloat with Murray and Wardy, who came back from 3-0 down in the fifth set against Pablo Andujar, making round two.