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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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Sunday, 16 July 2017 11:16 AM BST
Wimbledon around the world: Day 13
The media reacts to Muguruza's win - but Kim Clijsters' new hitting partner is still the talk of the town READ MORE

Has it really been 13 days? It somehow doesn’t feel like it...Here, for the last time, are your best bits from the international media.

“Is Muguruza heir to the Williams sisters?” asked Howard Fendrich, the tennis writer for The Associated Press. The 23-year-old Spaniard is “the only woman to defeat each Williams sister in a Grand Slam title match. That alone marks her as a likely, and worthy, heir to the two women who changed their sport.”

“Add in Muguruza's bold, aggressive playing style and affinity for the big stage, and she certainly looks like someone who could keep doing what she wants to do more than anything: win major championships,” Fendrich wrote.

After her 7-5, 6-0 loss, Venus Williams was understandably tight-lipped in her post-match press conference so here is some good insight into her state of mind from David Witt, her long-time coach.

"I think they were both a little nervous," Witt told TENNIS.com after Williams lost the final despite having two set points in the first set. "You expect that, and you expect both to kind of settle down and get relaxed. I thought Venus wasn't relaxed, or kind of didn't really settle down in the match at all, even though it got to 4-4 and she was up 5-4, 40-15 [with two set points]."

The 37-year-old American will probably take a break before returning on US hard courts.

"I think she needs to take some time off,” Witt said. “I'm sure this is going to sting a bit. Obviously it's disappointing for her because she plays to win Slams.”

In the future, everybody will be famous for 15 minutes, the late American artist Andy Warhol once said. That’s certainly true for the male tennis fan who was made to wear a tennis skirt and play a point after telling former top-ranked Kim Clijsters where to serve during her invitational doubles.

The Irish Independent tracked down the man. His name is Chris Quinn, a father of three and the captain of Greystones Tennis Club in Co. Wicklow.

“Chris from Wicklow a star turn at Wimbledon,” the paper headlined.

After sharing the court with the former Grand Slam winner from Belgium, Quinn wrote on Twitter: “Thank you for going easy on me with the serve. You have made me a bigger hero to my 3 daughters who worship you by the way.”

He then added: “Will teach me to open my mouth again. They were awesome. And I got to play in Wimbledon. One off the bucket list.”

A man called George will have some explaining to do if Federer doesn’t become the first male player to win eight Wimbledon singles titles today.

The 36-year-old has, unbeknown to his girlfriend, put £50,000 on the Swiss maestro winnning his first Wimbledon title since 2012, The Daily Telegraph reported.

"She's not terribly into tennis so I'm not sure she'll be best pleased," said George, who heads up a fintech company in London so can probably afford to lose a bob or two.

“George” probably won’t much like the men’s final preview in French sports newspaper L’Equipe, which concluded the result is far from a foregone conclusion even though the Swiss leads Marin Cilic 6-1 in career meetings.

“On paper, Roger Federer will start as the clear favourite against Marin Cilic. But the Croat has the tools to join his former coach Goran Ivanisevic and become a legend,” the paper said.

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