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Five things to look out for on Monday

Roger Federer serves against Alejandro Falla
by Mark Hodgkinson
Monday 30 July 2012

More emotion from the players. Who really expects the competitors to behave like the cast of Little House on the Prairie? While the groundstaff will not like it when the competitors throw their rackets on the grass - as Ryan Harrison did during his singles match, and Andy Murray did when playing doubles with his brother - that at least shows that they care about the gold medals. Doubtless, the players will become more emotional as we get closer to the prize-giving weekend. Harrison apologised for his racket-abuse; Murray didn't (and shouldn't have done), but every time a tennis player shows their emotion on the lawns, it ultimately does no harm to the sport's place inside the Olympic tent. Let them fling their rackets (as long as no one gets hurt). 




Much speculation about the draw for the mixed doubles tournament, which will be made on Tuesday. Mixed doubles will be played at the Olympics for the first time since 1924 - the male half of the gold medal-winning team that year was Richard Williams, who survived the sinking of the Titanic. 



You may spot Maria Sharapova taking it easy at the All England Club or somewhere in the Wimbledon Village. The Russian has a day off today. She's unlikely to return to the Olympic Village if she wants to relax before her next match; the last time she went there, just before she carried her country's flag at the Opening Ceremony, she was surrounded by autograph-hunters. "I'm usually pretty naïve about other people's knowledge of me, my career, what I've achieved. I try to be pretty humble about it, but the biggest mistake I've made in a long time was entering the cafeteria. I didn't walk out eating any food. I barely got an orange juice. It was quite funny. Actually, I didn't sign any autographs, it was just the pictures. I felt like a little statue. Everyone was coming up and asking for a picture politely." 

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Players showing their unity by turning up to watch their countryman's or countrywoman's match. At a Slam, would Roger Federer have sat in Stan Wawrinka's player gallery? Highly unlikely. But he did it here at the Olympics, for Wawrinka's match against Murray. 



The day could bring a few goodbyes.  If Kim Clijsters loses today, it will be her last appearance at the All England Club, as this is her penultimate tournament before she retires at the US Open. Should Andy Roddick, Venus Williams, Lleyton Hewitt and Elena Baltacha also lose, they may never end up returning to compete at the Club next summer and beyond. 

The London 2012 Olympic tennis is taking place at Wimbledon. Visit the ITF Olympics site for full scores, draws and the London 2012 site for video content, venue and schedule information.


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