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Wimbledon

Tue, July 9th, 2019

It’s official, Wimbledon is back and better than ever with the biggest stars in tennis preparing for their matches for the next few weeks. But who will win the crown? Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber are determined to again prove their worth to the crowds and officials at Wimbledon while competition is high among the men’s doubles and singles. 

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are shortly behind Djokovic, eager to win the title while Kerber continues to fight for her place in the women’s game. 

So, hunker down and get a snack because it is going to be an exciting fortnight full of twists and turns, cheers and jeers as we all enjoy Wimbledon returning to our screens. We have everything that you need to know about what has happened so far, some of the famous faces in the crowds and how you can watch the games yourself. 

What has happened so far?

It was announced earlier in the week that Andy Murray and Serena Williams would be playing mixed doubles on the Friday (5th of July) much to everyone’s excitement. However, this didn’t happen as it has now been revealed that the match has been cancelled and will instead take place on the Saturday (6th of July). It won’t be their only match of the day, however, as Murray will be taking part in the men’s doubles while Williams will take part in the singles. 

It’s not just the fans that are excited for the duo to take to the court together, however, as Murray (despite being one of the biggest names in tennis) was more than a little starstruck when he found out the mood. He said, “The opportunity to play with Serena, she’s one of the best tennis players of all time and one of the biggest female athletes ever. It’s something that I may never get another chance to do, and potentially I might not play mixed doubles again so if I’m going to do it once the chance to play with her is obviously brilliant and not something I expected to happen.”

15 year old Coco (Cori) Gauff continues to impress fans as she proves that despite her age, she deserves to hold a place in the games in her comeback. On Friday, she sent fans into an excited uproar as they cheered when at the final moment at match point, she lobbed the ball and it went flying out. She was a set, 5-2 and she was utterly delighted. 

Here’s what she had to say about it: “Right now, it’s just relief that it’s over. It was an extraordinary match and she played unbelievable. I guess people said Court 1 could be my court but Centre is my court, too. I always knew I could come back and I just kind of went for my shots. The crowd were amazing and on match point, I’m just super grateful that they believed in me.” We can’t wait to see what will unfold in her career. 

It wouldn’t be Wimbledon without that little glimpse of drama, however. Nick Kyrgios admitted in an anger-fuelled press conference that he didn’t feel the need to apologise to opponent Rafael Nadal after he blasted the ball straight at him during their tense match. 

He said, “Why would I apologise? I won the point. I was going for him. I wanted to hit him. The dud has got how many Slams, how much money in the bank account? I think he can take a ball to the chest.” 

Nadal was too quick, however and pushed his racquet in front of his chest to block the shot and protect himself but then later claimed that the shot dealt by Kyrgios was ‘dangerous’. He said, “It is not dangerous for me, it is dangerous for a line referee, dangerous for a crowd. When you hit the you don’t know where the ball goes.

I know he’s a big talented player, but I am a professional player too. I know when you hit this kind of ball, the ball can go anywhere.”

This conflict has been building up for the past five years when Kyrgios (who only ranked 144th in the world at the time) scored a four-set victory over Nadal who was the world number one at the time. According to Kyrgios, Nadal was ‘super salty’ following the loss and that they have been at odds ever since. 

What celebrities have been in the crowd?

One of the most exciting parts of Wimbledon despite the high impact games is seeing which A-Listers will be appearing in the crowds to watch the games unfold. Despite the fact that the Royal Family do sometimes make an appearance, celebrities don’t have to be royal to watch from the ‘royal box’ which is a 72 seat section of the stand at Centre Court. It is specifically reserved for ‘friends and guests of Wimbledon’. 

On Friday, Kate Middleton’s parents Carole and Michael attended. Megan Markle also surprised fans by making an unexpected appearance in the royal box on Thursday with her friends from university – Genevieve Hills and Lindsay Roth. It was noted by royal fans that Megan was wearing a tribute to her and Prince Harry’s baby ‘Archie’ as she was wearing a necklace engraved with ‘A’ on it. Either that or she’s a fan of Pretty Little Liars. Other names include actor Sam Claflin, Matt Dawson, Mary Berry, Tess Daly and Vernon Kay. 

Where can you watch it?

2019’s Wimbledon event will be continuously broadcasted by the BBC throughout the rest of the tournament. Live matches will be shown on BBC1, BBC2 and the BBC Red Button. Every night, there will also be ‘Today at Wimbledon’ which will involve a nightly match analysis for avid fans and quick recaps if you did miss any of the matches. BBC Online also have clips of the most exciting moments in the matches for you to catch up on. This means that you will be able to feel involved with the tennis extravaganza even if you are working during the day – as many of us are. You can feel as if you are there yourself, experiencing the thrills and spills.

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