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The Draw: 30 June
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Order of Play: 2 July
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Almost all of Thursday's international and British newspapers lead on Roger Federer ending the fairytale run of British world No.772 Marcus Willis.
The Guardian calls Willis’ rise from overweight, part-time time tennis coach to Wimbledon hero to “Hollywood gold” while the Daily Mail likens Wednesday's straight-sets defeat to “an epic clash between world No.3 Roger Federer and Marcus Willis, the British No.23.”
The Independent looks ahead to what may be next in Willis’ unusual tennis career after he was given “a tennis lesson” on Centre Court by Federer.
“Wimbledon loves a hero but for Willis to be more than a fleeting speck in SW19 history, there is much more hard work to do to make the most of his undoubted talent,” it said. It may be fun being a “plucky lovable loser” on the world’s biggest tennis stage, the paper warns, “it isn’t on the poorly paid Futures Tour where he often ploughed a lonely furrow.”
USA Today dedicates a feature-length story to two apartment buildings that loom over Court 18 which are “full of tennis history.”
Billie Jean King, the founder of the women’s WTA Tour and a multiple Wimbledon winner, is renting an apartment in the buildings this year, just like former tennis pro and broadcaster Mary Carillo.
“Some of the players think I live here,” King told the paper. “They think that Wimbledon is my home.”
Lindsay Davenport stayed there in 1999 when she won the title, and also in 2000 when a fire broke out. Davenport ended up sending her coach to her apartment to check it was OK during one of her matches.
Austrian ski legend Hermann Maier, nicknamed “The Herminator” met rising star Dominic “Dominator” Thiem at Wimbledon on Wednesday, reports the country’s Kleine Zeitung.
The pleated Nike dress worn by players including Eugenie Bouchard continues to make headlines, with Judy Murray weighing in on the issue in the Daily Telegraph.
The New York Times reported yesterday some players felt so uncomfortable wearing the dress, they’d been wearing a belt around it or shorts underneath to keep it in place.
Murray told the paper “the most important thing for any clothing manufacturer who is sponsoring top players is to make sure that the clothing is functional for the job at hand.” She added: “So I’m sure Nike will be taking steps to address it.”
Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws reports on the Goffin brothers “working side-by-side at Wimbledon.” David Goffin is the world No. 11, while his brother Simon coaches Germany’s Andrea Petkovic.
Simon Goffin, a marketing graduate with a passion for tennis, had no real coaching experience until a chance meeting with Jan de Witt, who leads a tennis academy in Halle, Germany, where Petkovic trains, last year.
“De Witt asked me if I wanted to get involved with Petkovic,” Simon Goffin tells the paper. “It was my first job as a coach, but I decided to take it.” So far, things are going well at Wimbledon with Petkovic, a former 11th-ranked player, winning her first round.