Tennis Today: Rafael Nadal talks World Cup heartbreak & Caroline Wozniacki has a terrible memory
Here’s your daily wrap as Rafael Nadal talks football heartbreak.
What’s on the site?
Wow… what’s not on the site?!
The World Cup continues to thrill the planet in Russia, mainly due to it being more open than any other tournament in history. But can you remember the year when Wimbledon was just as brilliantly bonkers?
Fear not if you can’t, because we’ve recalled it for you.
What are the biggest tennis stars really like on court? Well, who better to ask than a ballboy?
Wimbledon day two results
Good starts for Johanna Konta and Australian duo
Juan Martin del Potro and Bernard Tomic progress
Kyle Edmund and Alexander Zverev make dominant starts
Rafael Nadal safely through but Dominic Thiem limps out
Petra Kvitova makes surprise exit but Garbine Muguruza through
Maria Sharapova stunned, Simona Halep superb
Novk Djokovic fumes despite first round win
What’s in the news
Rafael Nadal made a successful start to his Wimbledon campaign, but he admits that his mind was still coping with Spain’s World Cup heartbreak.
The Spanish were dumped out of the tournament by hosts Russia on penalties over the weekend, and Nadal has opened up about it.
“I’m still enjoying the World Cup,” he said. “I watched two great matches yesterday. I’m going to watch this beautiful match at 7 (England’s dramatic win over Colombia) this evening. World Cup continues without us.
“That’s the sport. Probably is sad to say, but if we are not there is because we didn’t make the things well enough to be there.
“In the sport, in the highest level of the sport, when you play well, even playing very well you can lose, without playing well the chances to win are less. In that case, was not the best match for us.”
Staying with Nadal, there has been a lot of reminiscing this week about the 2008 Wimbledon final between the Spaniard and Roger Federer. It was unforgettable, right?
Well, not if you’re Caroline Wozniacki, as it turns out.
“To be honest, I don’t remember too much about it,’ Wozniacki said.
“Was that the year when Rafa was 1 and Roger was 2, they switched the seedings, then Rafa ended up winning the tournament?”
Well, yes, Caroline, but that’s still not really good enough!
What’s on social media
Andre Agassi appears to be enjoying his visit to Wimbledon.
As is former champ Marion Bartolli.
Wimbledon reveals Serena’s career plans.
Juan Martin del Potro give Wimbledon THAT look.
Wimbledon reveal their ethos. We approve.
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 4, 2018
And Goran Ivanisevic reveals his memories.
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 4, 2018
What’s on TV
ATP and WTA Wimbledon
LIVE – BBC One/BBC Two/BBC Red Button/Connected TV, BBC Sport website & app
LIVE – BBC Radio 5 live sports extra
British number one Dan Evans goes out at quarter-final stage at Queen’s Club
But Cameron Norrie books his place in the last eight.
Dan Evans has his run at Queen’s Club ended by Matteo Berrettini
Top seed Matteo Berrettini reached the semi-finals with a 7-6 (5) 6-3 victory.
Exclusive – Tennis needs to build ‘female workforce’ to reach a new audience
Judy Murray wants to see more women participating in tennis at all levels.
Naomi Osaka will not play at Wimbledon but she is preparing to return to the game
Wimbledon is set to begin on June 28 and Naomi Osaka will be missing.
Andy Murray insists his ambition is not dented after compressive defeat at Queen’s Club
The Scot was overpowered 6-3 6-3.
Wimbledon organisers defend online ticket sale amid complaints from fans
Vast majority of those applying had no issues.
Impressive Matteo Berrettini ends Andy Murray’s Queen’s Club comeback
Andy Murray was overpowered by Matteo Berrettini.
‘I’m just pleased to have come through,’ Dan Evans after easing into Queen’s Club last eight
British No 1 secured a two-set win over the Frenchman.
‘The goal is to prolong my career,’ says Rafael Nadal as he withdraws from Wimbledon and Tokyo Olympics
Rafael Nadal opts to take an extended.
Rafael Nadal’s Wimbledon withdrawal may be a sign of what is to come
Kevin Palmer on Rafael Nadal’s Wimbledon withdrawal.