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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John McEnroe's punk sensibility, Andy Murray’s love for Peppa Pig and a player with a haircut that resembles a 1980s Austrian rock star dominate the international media.
Andy Murray tells the Daily Record about his fondness for the children’s cartoon Peppa Pig. “I watch it a lot with my daughter,” the Scottish newspaper quoted him as saying. “It keeps her quiet sometimes if she’s in a bad mood for 20 minutes, so Peppa Pig is actually a life-saver for me.”
John McEnroe tells the Irish Times about his love for 1970s punk rock. “I had come from a city where punk rock was really shaking things up, and I saw myself as a part of that,” the three-time Wimbledon champion said. “I was 18 when I first played this tournament, and I had that punk attitude which so upset people. So you need to see me in the context of the time.”
Sebastian Ofner’s run into the third round is one of the main topics in the Austrian and German media, some of whom have likened his slick dark hair to that of the late Austrian rock star Falco, of Rock Me Amadeus fame.
“It’s crazy,” Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung quoted the world No. 217 as saying. “I can barely believe it.” But Ofner’s mother is less surprised about her son’s success on the Wimbledon grass: “Sebastian was always mentally strong,” she said about the 21-year-old.
The Daily Telegraph profiles Caroline Garcia, who will play Britain’s Johanna Konta, the new Wimbledon women’s title favourite, in the last 16. The Frenchwoman knows a thing or two about playing in front of a partisan home crowd: “There is pressure and there is also support,” Garcia said. “Sometimes they give you more energy to go through some problems on court.”
The Financial Times reports from the Wimbledon Queue. “As other tournaments move to digital ticketing, Wimbledon prefers the old-fashioned approach,” the paper
wrote. It spoke to John Barnett, a 71-year-old retired engineer who has joined The Queue alongside his wife each year for two decades. This year, he pitched his tent with his daughter on Monday morning, making sure they had tickets to see play on Wednesday. And then he rejoined the line on Thursday to watch tennis on Saturday. “We get two days of tennis and four days of camping,” Barnett said.