From being ‘bored’ to flying ants, a round-up of week one at Wimbledon

It’s been a regular week-one at Wimbledon this year, with the usual suspects putting on their best show and qualifying to the business end of the tournament. Apart from regular scorelines and upsets, here’s what you may have missed:

Go Minella!

From being ‘bored’ to flying ants, a round-up of week one at Wimbledon

It’s been a tennis season for moms, with stories of Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka hogging the limelight. But less-known Mandy Minella from Luxembourg, who is four-and-a-half months pregnant, played at Wimbledon this year. She lost to Italy’s Fransesca Schiavone, but caught the eye with a loose-fitting dress covering a small bump. “Wimbledon is my last tournament this year,” said Minella whose baby is expected at the end of the year.

Of losing motivation and getting ‘bored’

Bernard Tomic

Bernard Tomic  


Bernard Tomic admitted that he had lost all motivation for tennis and could not care less if he won or lost. “Holding a trophy or doing well, it does not satisfy me anymore. It’s not there,” he said after losing to Mischa Zverev. The reaction to his statement on social media has ranged from the usual ‘Bernard the tank engine’ name-calling to tennis greats like Martina Navratilova saying “It’s disrespectful to the sport and disrespectful to the history of the sport.”

Tossing up some spare change

From being ‘bored’ to flying ants, a round-up of week one at Wimbledon

21-year-old Russian Daniil Medvedev (finalist at Chennai Open this year) debuted with a phenomenal win in his first Centre Court match over Stan Wawrinka. But his dream was short-lived when he lost to Ruben Bemelmans just days later. After completing the match that was marked by his emotional meltdown, he opened his wallet and began tossing coins at the chair umpire in a bizarre protest. He was, predictably so, fined for his behaviour.

Injury mania

Seven players retired in the first round at Wimbledon this year including at two high profile matches – Martin Klizan in his round one match against Novak Djokovic and Alexandr Dolgopolov playing against Roger Federer. This has brought back into debate the question of whether players were just taking the money and running. At Wimbledon, first-round losers receive £35,000.

Ant attack at Wimbledon!

From being ‘bored’ to flying ants, a round-up of week one at Wimbledon

Wimbledon has been plagued not just by injuries and slippery surfaces, but also by an invasion of flying ants. Jo-Wilfred Tsonga was bothered by the annoying bugs throughout his victory over Simone Bolelli. Several other players were also seen swatting away the ants, but Tsonga had an especially intimate encounter when one flew up his one and another into his ear.

(With inputs from agencies)

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