Qualifying begins: 26 June
The Draw: 30 June
Pre-event Press Conferences: 1 & 2 July
Order of Play: 2 July
Championships begin: 3 July
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The Daily Telegraph reminds its readers of something Willis said in 2007, when he was 16 years old: “I can win Wimbledon if I keep going.”
He’s equally optimistic about the prospect of playing arguably one of the greatest competitors the sport has ever seen: “England were favourites [against Iceland]. But stranger things have happened,” Willis told the Telegraph.
The Daily Mail has a detailed story about Willis’ lack of discipline in his earlier years, which prompted the LTA to withdraw his funding in 2008 after he showed up to one training session without his rackets.
Willis’ friend and fellow British tennis pro Liam Broady said he once played Willis during a Challenger event while he was “drinking Pepsis on the court, eating Snickers on the court.”
With the help of his coach, Matt Smith, Willis has now dropped 55 pounds and is as fit as he’s ever been.
Nike’s “loosely hanging, short dress” designed for its female players continues to be a Wimbledon talking point, with the New York Times dedicating an entire feature to the different ways competitors have altered the garment to make it easier to play in.
“When I was serving, it was coming up, and I felt like the dress was just everywhere,” said Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson, who wore a long-sleeved shirt to hold the dress in place. Katie Boulter tied a headband around her waist to serve as a belt, while Lucie Hradecka wore leggings underneath the dress “effectively turning it into a shirt.”
Nick Kyrgios, a former Wimbledon quarter-finalist perhaps as famous for his on-court outbursts as for his tennis, is inevitably attracting plenty of attention in the Australian media.
The Sydney Morning Herald wonders if Kyrgios is perhaps “a victim of his own reputation” after the umpire told both the young Australian and his opponent Radek Stepanek to mind their language shortly before their match yesterday. The move, the paper said, was highly unusual.
Wild card Dustin Brown tells German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel about making ends meet on the men’s tour as the world No.85 and his upset of Rafael Nadal in the second round last year.
“It was one of the best days of my tennis career,” Brown said. “But the fact I’ve beaten Nadal won’t be of interest to anyone in my next match.”
Brown, who faces Kyrgios in the second round, regularly travels to tournaments in a VW van given to him by his parents.
“If they hadn’t given me that, I would be working in a shop somewhere by now,” he said.