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The Gentlemen's Singles Champion Novak Djokovic (SRB) holding the trophy, the Challenge Cup, after winning the final against Rafael Nadal (ESP) 6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3.
by Mark Hodgkinson
Monday 25 June 2012

"Anyone for tennis?" asks the front page of today's Sun. "England lose on penalties again … Bring on Wimbledon."

The Championships begin with the news that Novak Djokovic, the defending champion and world No.1, is now working in an unofficial capacity for the Scottish tourist board. In a group interview for this morning's newspapers, the Serbian has disclosed that he prepared for the tournament by taking his girlfriend Jelena Ristic on a surprise trip to Scotland. They spent a couple of days in Gleneagles, which isn't far from Andy Murray's home town of Dunblane. "We were on an A-road and there was a right turning just before Stirling Castle for Dunblane. So I made a little picture and sent it to him, and he replied, 'What are you doing there?' I told him, 'This hasn't been photoshopped, I'm really here'. It was my girlfriend's birthday so I took her on a surprise trip. I had been to Scotland once when I played in the Davis Cup but I didn't have a chance to see how beautiful the countryside is," Djokovic said. "We went to see the William Wallace monument, took in some historic culture. We really liked it, although it rained for two days. We didn't play golf. It was pouring and my girlfriend was there, so I wanted to dedicate my time to her and her desires. Golf is not her thing."

In The Mail, Kim Clijsters gives an insight into her life on tour as a player and mother of four-year-old Jada. Clijsters, who is playing her last Wimbledon, wrote: "After the match I will be off as quickly as possible to spend as much time as I can with Jada. I will hear about what she's been up to and it's the best time of the day. I won't think about tennis for one second at this time. I will make her tea."

Boris Becker, in a column in The Telegraph, has suggested that there are "moments of sheer aggression" when Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic play. "I have noticed a lot of psychology in their encounters, maybe even the occasional moment of gamesmanship." Becker also wrote of Murray: "He has to be careful not to put too much emphasis on the practice court, because when his career is over he is going to be judged by the titles he won rather than by the industriousness of his approach."

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