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Taking Bad Schotz:
The first week of Wimbledon 2012 showcased some of the more interesting early round matches in recent history. While the ATP tour has been criticized for its top-heavy predictability, there have been quite a few surprises on the Wimbledon grass thus far. Only eight of the top sixteen seeds in the draw have survived to the famed Wimbledon second Monday; a jam-packed Sweet 16 with all the best men and women playing. And with those results in mind, let’s take a look at some of the most interesting story lines of week one.
Big Man Tennis. Lukas Rosol was ranked number 100 in the world prior to his second round match on Centre Court against Rafael Nadal. Not only had the journeyman Czech player never made it past the first-round before on grass, he had never made it past the first round of qualifiers. His five-set thriller against Nadal was not only unexpected, it was spectacular. Rosol took Nadal completely out of his element, blasting 100 mile per hour forehands while appearing to be ...
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Mardy Fish, fault! Oh! Ball across the nose. Eyes are watering.
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For those of you who wanted to be a Wimbledon line judge when you grow up, the below video might change your mind.
During a fourth-round match between Mardy Fish and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a hard serve from Fish ended up deflecting into the face of a female line judge behind Tsonga:
The line judge would be okay and for those of you who want to know, the serve was 118-miles per hour.
On the eve of the Fourth of July, Serena Williams stood alone as the last American in singles at Wimbledon. Her 6-3, 7-5 victory over Petra Kvitova ended the Czech's reign as champion under the Centre Court roof as glowering skies and sporadic rain made it another miserable day for players and spectators alike.
But there was nothing Mardy Fish or Brian Baker could do to prevent...
WIMBLEDON – The clock has not yet struck midnight for American Brian Baker who has made a surprising comeback to the tour, after being away from years due to surgeries. Baker who had qualify to play Wimbledon has made it through the qualifying tournament to the round of 16 with a 6‑4, 4‑6, 6‑1, 6‑3 victory over Benoit Paire on Saturday at Wimbledon
“It’s been unreal...
You wouldn't think a tennis line judge would have a dangerous job. But two weeks after a player was defaulted for having a temper tantrum that injured a line judge, another line judge was hurt Monday.
This time, at Wimbledon. American Mardy Fish hit a 118-mph serve into the right eye of a female line judge.
Fish led Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-3 in the first set and crushed a serve...
Serena Williams needed 2 hours, 28 minutes before she could overcome the stubborn, and often brilliant, resistance of China's Jie Zheng 6-7, 6-2, 9-7 on Saturday. Following Williams' win, Americans were everywhere, spread out over the main courts of the All England Club on a day of wind and sun and drama.
Andy Roddick followed Serena on Centre Court and faded after a good...
A lineswoman at Wimbledon had to leave the court Monday after accidentally being hit in the face by a serve from Mardy Fish during the first set of his fourth round match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
The 118 mph serve bounced off the court and hit the lineswoman in the eye. The lineswoman might have been able to move out of the way, but she stayed in her position to make...
EYE ON THE BALL
It's been a rough few weeks for line judges in tennis. After a line judge was the innocent victim of David Nalbandian's outburst last month, another line judge is the innocent victim of a fluke incident at a tennis match. This time it came on tennis' biggest stage at Wimbledon during a quarterfinals match between Mardy Fish and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Fish unleashed a 118...