Things We Learned on Day Five of 2014 Wimbledon


1. Novak Djokovic took a nasty tumble in his match against Gilles Simon today, injuring his shoulder. It seems like it’s nothing to worry about, as Djokovic continued playing and looked fine.

And then there was this:

2. The British tabloid reporters have showed up at Wimbledon. It sounds like Caroline Wozniacki has been handling it professionally. It’s a shame she has to deal with this during a Grand Slam tournament.

3. Lindsay wrote a nice piece with a list of guidelines on how to talk about women’s tennis. Hint: this isn’t how you do it.

4. The Wimbledon underwear policing seems to have gotten completely out of control.

Cash revealed that some of the men were upset over the rules as well, saying: ‘One of the players was called into the referees’ office because he had blue underwear that showed through when he got sweaty, so he was told not to wear dark underwear. ‘Some of the girls have been told to go back and change their bras and tops because they had slight colour on them. ‘I believe some of the girls didn’t have suitable sports bras and had to go without them. It has absolutely gone ridiculous.’

5. Andy Murray’s match against Roberto Bautista-Agut today reminded me how fun Murray is to watch on grass. His game is perfectly suited for it, even though he doesn’t play the kind of first-strike tennis that one would associate with traditional grass court prowess. He’ll slice and dice everything, and then he’ll pounce and hit a winner once he’s lulled his opponent into submission. So far, he’s looking good, but the real tests will come later.

6. I’m so over parody Twitter accounts, but this tweet is still hilarious:


1. I have a post that may or may not contain coherent thoughts on the Petra Kvitova-Venus Williams clash coming up later, but first I just want to say: WOW. I’m sad, but grateful that I got to watch that match today. I’m also furious that it was only a third-round match. Stupid draws.

2. Gilles Simon lost in straight sets to Novak Djokovic today, but I do think it’s worth noting that Simon hit 18 aces and 122 winners–compared to 6 DFs and 72 UFEs–in nine sets of tennis this week. He (often rightly) gets a reputations as a pusher, but when he’s playing well he’s deceptively aggressive.

Hopefully the fact that he’s finding his form again means we’ll never ever have to see something like this again:

3. Leonardo Mayer is into the fourth round of Wimbledon. LEONARDO Mayer. Not Florian. Before Wimbledon, Leo was 6-11 in his entire career on grass, including Futures and Challengers. He’s a clay lover and he’s never even been to the R16 at the French Open!

His route to the second week wasn’t the easiest, either. He took out Andreas Seppi in the first round and Marcos Baghdatis in the second before getting a tired Andrey Kuznetsov today.

He gets a couple of days off now and then faces Grigor Dimitrov on Monday for a spot in the quarterfinals.

This is all very surprising to me, because the only time I saw Leo play live was when he was on the wrong end of Donald Young snapping his headline-worthy losing streak in the summer of 2012 at the Winston Salem Open.

4. There is absolutely zero reason why Tomas Berdych and Marin Cilic should have continued to play today after 5-5 in the third set. I can very rarely tell that it’s dark with TV filters, but the lighting was dim on television, so it must have been close to nonexistent in person. Clearly with rain in the forecast for tomorrow the organizers were afraid to delay the match a day in case it went to five sets.

But that’s just ridiculous. So much is on the line for these guys, they should at least be able to see the lines clearly! I think the new rule should be that if it’s not light enough for Hawk-Eye, play should be stopped unless the players overrule that decision. (That way there’s some flexibility.)

However, it’s still stupid that Wimbledon doesn’t have some lights. I understand that Wimbledon Village doesn’t want to be kept up at night or disturbed–that’s fine. Keep the curfew in place and don’t schedule night matches. But at least give day-session matches that go long a chance to finish up properly if the weather cooperates. Traditions don’t have to change. Nobody has to lose sleep. But common sense needs to prevail.

All that said, kudos to Marin Cilic. He is so much fun to watch when he’s playing well, and boy do I wish he played well more often. He gets Chardy next, which means he should in theory be back in the quarterfinals.


5.  Scattered, non-insightful observations: Simona Halep did not play very well against Lesia Tsurenko, but it was nice to see her gut out a win when she wasn’t not playing her best–same goes for Grigor Dimitrov over Alex Dolgopolov.

HUGE win for BZS over Li Na–I’ll be honest that I’ve overlooked BZS in the past, but she’s fun to watch and was clutch today.

Is Jerzy Janowicz back? Ugh, you just never know with him. Still, great to see him into the third round. I was not expecting that. (Those sunglasses are awful, though.)

I was so taken by Venus and Petra that I didn’t even register Aga’s demolition of LDB, Tsonga’s straight-set win over Wang, Chardy’s victory over Stakhovsky or Feli’s triumph. Good for them. WHY DOES SO MUCH HAPPEN AT ONCE?

Also, Lucie and Caro looked fantastic today. I love it.

6. Above, Amy gave a very current example of how not to talk about women’s tennis. In doing research for an article that will be up later in the weekend, I came across one from Wimbledons past. It’s about the women’s semifinals that year: Serena’s epic win over Elena Dementieva and Venus’s thrashing of Dinara Safina. Guess which match this article decided to focus on?

WARNING: Only click if you want to be super angry.

No seriously. I warned you.

7. Spot the egregious error. Sigh. I rarely seriously get annoyed by mistakes–anyone who works with me knows that I make plenty–but that’s just ridiculous.

8. I know I’ve been slacking on the quotes, but I’ll try and make it up to you soon. #sorri

9. Random tweets I favorited today:

6 Responses

  1. Jack
    Jack June 27, 2014 at 10:07 pm |
  2. Pamala Knight
    Pamala Knight June 27, 2014 at 10:32 pm |

    Thanks for that.

    I’m still gutted from the Venus loss and I’m sure I’ll grudgingly get around to being happy for Petra later. Such a shame that they had to meet so early. I’m really proud of Venus for managing her illness so that we, her fans, still get to see her compete at such a high level. With all the folks asking her about retirement plans, I wonder what exactly they think a diehard competitor and elite athlete looks like? They should be careful of what they wish for because there are plenty of players that could benefit from her grit and determination.

    I’m so weary of the way women’s tennis is covered and I had to stop myself from sending a hateful email to the Sunday Times about Barry Flatman. I mean, what is he, 100 years old and only just learning how to use “the twitter” or something?

  3. Jess
    Jess June 28, 2014 at 12:04 am |

    Trivia: the first double bagel in 14WO is served today, in a doubles match…
    Wiki told me double bagels in doubles are very rare, that in the past 10 years 4 double bagel (including this one) were served. (of course, wiki could be wrong)

  4. q10
    q10 June 28, 2014 at 12:51 am |

    No lights is kind of ridiculous, but I guess they just don’t want the lights at all, since if they exist than people will demand to use it (even during non-wimbledon season which would continuously disturb residents)

    and funny how you say cilic in theory should get to QF, chardy is quite a surprise form, but agree Cilic should win if he holds his head together

  5. Moo Tennis
    Moo Tennis June 28, 2014 at 3:46 am |

    In equal measures, I was gutted for Venus, but delighted for Petra. It was such a fabulous contest and as so many people have pointed out, it is such a shame it had to happen so early in the tournament. That tweet from Barry Flatman really angered me… As a Brit, I may be in the minority, but Petra v Venus was the MOTD and I would have happily watched it for hours and hours over Murray. Their last three matches have all been stunning and it’s one of my favourite match-ups on tour. They always seem to raise their game against each other. Fingers crossed for at least one more Venus v Petra match this year!

  6. Joshua
    Joshua June 29, 2014 at 9:44 am |

    I may find Wimbledon’s policy on dress silly, but it doesn’t seem like it should be hard for anyone to understand. If you aren’t wearing white, there is some chance you will be asked to change your clothes. So, if you don’t want to have to change your clothes, wear white! It’s not as if white underwear, or white bras, or white shoes or white lycra bodysuits don’t exist. So it’s hard to be terribly sympathetic to players who can’t figure out that if they wear a black bra under a white shirt the black bra will show through a sweat-drenched white shirt and put you in violation of the dress policy. White underwear! What a novel idea.

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