Volume 2 of Caught The Line talks about all things, Wimbledon. With week 1 (and what a week) over, what caught the eye during the first week in London?
The Pole really impressed me at Wimbledon. He went down with a fight against Djokovic and in Vol.1 we saw that dive volley in Eastbourne, well he’s gone one better this time!
Super impressive, however earlier on in the week it didn’t go to plan…
Ash Barty’s Disney Connection
World number one Ash Barty was ruthless during the first week of Wimbledon, her level was soo good taking her to an impressive 15 wins in a row but her press conferences seem to have a theme, Disney quotes…
IT FINALLY HAPPENED!
After being postponed on Friday the much anticipated and talked about mixed doubles pairing in tennis history in all honesty finally took to stage. 6-1 6-4 was the scoreline and you can read more of the fun below;
What a day! (Week)
Coco Gauff v Polona Hercog was the most watched tennis match in Britain since the beginning of last year with 4.7 million tuning in to see the teenager come from a set, a double break and two match points down to win in three sets. It’s unbelievable. It has been such a fun journey and that’s what it should be there has been a lot of pressure pieces written about next big thing. This girl is 15, let’s hold off and let her play.
What went wrong?
We didn’t even get to Saturday on the men’s draw before we lost;
The list goes on and on, but what went wrong? A mixture of poor form coming in, poor games plan from Zverev, Tsitsipas and Thiem and for Grigor Dimitrov that would be pretty heartbreaking. Baring in mind he led Ugo Humbert by two sets and a break and lost, Humbert now has Djokovic on Monday.
I will be looking more into the ‘what next?’ stage for a few players over the course of the week!
Only two players on the men’s side under 30 are in the last 16. Off the top of your head any guesses?
The in-form Matteo Berrettini (23) who has been incredible on all surfaces this year and the 21 year old from France Ugo Humbert who has survived some tough tests and seems like a lovely down to earth guy!
The Sprinklers at Wimbledon had a life of their own the other day…
I’m amazed how long they sat there for until they moved but also the ball boy stayed professional and stood in full face of it.
Who got dumped?
Harriet Dart who was one of Britain’s best out there in the singles before her 1-6 1-6 defeat to the incredible Barty unfortunately got dumped at Wimbledon.
She was due to play mixed-doubles with Jay Clarke but less than 18 hours before the draw got dumped as he paired up with Coco Gauff and left her no time to find an opponent. Harriet and Fed Cup captain Anne Keothavong were not happy but Clarke and Gauff did lose to Ostapenko and Lindstedt who is older than the two opponents combined.
Who has impressed me?
Alexei Popyrin came through qualifying and really impressed with a couple of wins. I liked how his game has come on and looked really at home with it.
Nadal had the nightmare draw but has come through Sugita, Kyrgios & Tsonga pretty much unscathed (except for that ball drilled at him). Next up for Rafa is Joao Sousa who will be another different test for the Spaniard.
World number one Ash Barty has been super impressive. How do you react to being No.1? Ash is doing the perfect job, her tennis is doing the talking and that’s the way it should be.
Can’t buy a second serve
Nick made the headlines, some for the wrong reasons but did give us some laughs as he shouted ‘I can’t buy a first serve’ and a man in the crowd responded…
Here are some links from the last few days to get everyone going for the upcoming week of tennis where we will have crowned our Wimbledon champions.