Wednesday are usually so gloomy, aren't they? We all look forward to the afternoon when we can officially stamp the week half over and perhaps plan an after-work drinks with colleagues to make the weekend feel like it actually has arrived. But on week one of Wimbledon, every day is a weekend day - or so it feels - as the All England Club bursts with action that most sporting fans are used to finding on Saturdays or Sundays. What's in store for this Day Three? Let's find out...
Early-Round Showdown for Tsonga v Gulbis
If there were ever a John McEnroe-like personality in this generation of men's tennis, Ernests Gulbis would be it. The Latvian has long spoken about his hard-partying ways (a thing of the past, he now says) and as recently as the French Open sent the tennis world for a spin with not-so-kind comments about the sport's top stars. But if Gulbis has the rock-star aura, he also possesses similar talent as McEnroe - though he's widely known not to have executed said greatness. Wednesday he'll continue to try to improve on the stamp of "the-best-who-has-never" with a second-round bout against No.6 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Tsonga, the 2011 finalist here, is coming off a run to the Roland Garros semi-finals where he flopped against David Ferrer after beating Roger Federer in front of the home crowd in the quarter-finals. The Frenchman leads their head-to-head 3-0, but they've never met on grass, and this is the first time they're playing in nearly four years.
No.2 Court's Cracking Line-Up
Maria? Lleyton? Caro? Yes, they're all scheduled to play on No.2 Court. It's a day that the former "Graveyard Court" will be the hot ticket as queue-goers will fill in the allotted seats with gusto to see three former world No.1s - two who have Wimbledon titles to their names. Hewitt, who upset No.14 seed Stanislas Wawrinka in the first round, opens play against qualifier Dustin Brown, who as a tour veteran is well known in tennis circles for his quirky dress and dreadlocked hair. Caroline Wozniacki has a qualifier herself, but in former top 25 player Petra Cetkovska. Maria Sharapova meets another qualifier Michelle Larcher de Brito in a match that the Russian should dominate, though Larcher de Brito has made plenty of noise in the past with high-pitched grunting of her own. And if that triple header isn't enough for you, Marin Cilic closes the day against Kenny De Schepper.
The Tennis Geek's One: Stephens v Petkovic
They're not the most well-known tennis players in the world, but Sloane Stephens and Andrea Petkovic have quite the cult followings. On Wednesday they'll clash on No.3 Court in what could be a must-watch as the German continues her comeback from a series of injuries that have made the last 18 months a nightmare. It was a fairytale run for Stephens at the Australian Open this year (she made the semi-finals) that helped her move to No.17 in the rankings, and this second-round meeting should prove who is the steadier player on the game's slickest surface. The X-factor? Whichever player connects with her booming forehand has this one in hand.
Doubles, All Day
You know a tournament is in full swing when the doubles action goes out on court. While a handful of doubles matches took place on Days One and Two, play gets under way in full on Wednesday with the top two women's seeds on the schedule and a host of other doubles stars. Our must-watch matches? British duo Colin Fleming and Jonny Marray, the No.9 seeds, play last on Court 16 against Martin Klizan and Igor Zelenay. Marray won this title a year ago with Frederik Neilsen. And third on Court 8 is another Briton, Laura Robson, teaming up with doubles specialist and veteran Lisa Raymond as they take on Francesca Schiavone and Sam Stosur.
The Darcis Dance: A Second Act?
What will become of Steve Darcis two days after his epic win over Rafael Nadal? It wasn't a pretty sight for Lukas Rosol last year, who lost in straight sets to German Philipp Kohlschreiber after knocking out the Spaniard. Can the Belgian do any better? The 29-year-old veteran gets Lukasz Kubot on Court 17 to try to back up his epic win. Darcis did a whole other round of media on Tuesday morning and practice in front of oogling fans for arguably the first time in his 11-year career. These two have never met, and it's Kubot who's ranked higher - only just barely: No.130 to Darcis' 135.
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