Rafael Nadal sees his table wide open thanks to losses and eliminations making his fans dream while the very slow weed and 2 positive tests for Covid keep people talking. Bérézina only escaped Swiss tennis thanks to Viktorija Golubic.
SURFACE HISTORY… So it was true; Wimbledon is even slower this year than in previous years. Quentin Halys alerted his world on Monday, Nick Kyrgios added a layer yesterday, evoking a surface of absolute slowness in a dirge. “why is it so slow We should stop watering the lawn! My god stop slowing it down!“However, the charm and tradition of the British tournament, which fortunately are not lost on the sidelines, are frowned upon when it comes to the pitch. Can one at least write at this level that it used to be better? In short, otherwise Kyrgios endured the course of Round 1, snatching and stupid at the end by spitting towards certain spectators.
FLOOR DAY… Let’s talk about what unfortunately looks like a bad joke: the Covid that has “locked out” Marin Cilic. Outside the finalist of the 2021 edition who was the big underdog of this edition! Sent home with a virus in the endemic phase, the Italian will pay the pots for the decisions of 2020. If the sporting world wants to continue like this, we risk seeing every tournament as ‘a day without end’.
THE LITTLE SECRETS OF PARIS… This impression is reinforced by the words of Alizé Cornet, who confided that at Roland-Garros, several athletes tested positive for Covid, without any publicity or consequences. “We have 3 symptoms, sore throat, we play and everything is fine, remarked the French. I think Roland has had a few cases and it’s an understanding between us; we will not get into the m…“And Cornet, to get the point home:”In some years there have been gastro-intestinal hecatombs at tournaments because of not very fresh food. There were 2, 3, 4 players who retired… We will not make a log for gastros! The covid has now entered the customs. If we go back to stuff, I’m not going there…“
CRESSY WELLBEING… Once again, Maxime Cressy happily signs a surprise Grand Slam. The American actually defeated Félix Auger-Aliassime in 4 rounds. Above all, he mixed art and manners to get rid of the Canadian, who was also an outsider. The 25-year-old, who has gone online more than 130 times (!), conjured up the Wimbledon(s) of yesteryear. At a time when the surface is slower than ever, he provided proof that we don’t have to deny what worked then. Only, you have to trust yourself.
NADAL, IT’S FIRED! The disappearance of Matteo Berrettini, Marin Cilic and now Félix Auger-Aliassime from Rafael Nadal’s squad section gives wings to some of the former ATP No. 1’s biggest fans and even others. Among these, some imagine the Spaniard touched by grace this year and capable of winning everything: Wimbledon, the US Open, butter, butter money and even, why not, the dairy. Crazy!
Swiss drowning… Otherwise, also on a sporting level, the Swiss drowning is unfortunately to be emphasized, even if it was to be expected. After the eliminations of Stan Wawrinka and Ylena In-Albon on Monday, other Swiss have taken a nosedive. The worst: the failure of Belinda Bencic, who saw nothing good in her racket, but then again. St. Gallen couldn’t completely turn the game against Qiang Wang and it wasn’t a pretty sight; what a disappointment! There was also the elimination of whose lack of love for weed we know, that of with just as determined body language, and Marc-Andrea Hüsler, who . As for , he still deserves a good mention because he fell on a bone, even on Stefanos (Tsitsipas) and performed rather well before going out after 4 nice hung sets. Swiss… and that’s it.
GOLUBIC SAVES HONOR… Well, not quite “end”!, who reinforced his cover to get rid of Andrea Petkovic. Last year’s quarter-finalist, the Zurich native was diligent enough to advance to the second round and salvage what honor remained (remained?) from Swiss tennis adrift on London’s turf. Now “Vika” has to compete with Barbora Krejcikova. Difficult!
WILLIAMS, RATE AGAIN! Serena Williams missed her comeback twice, of course by losing to Harmony Tan (after 3:11 of the match), and that after a 4-0 lead in the super tiebreak. A failure, by the way, for the American, we don’t know what motivation she really still has. “I don’t know if I will come back here‘ she slipped just at the end of a taciturn press conference.
Arnaud Cerutti – @arnaud_cerutti
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