Briton world number 775 Marcus Willis hadn’t played for like five months cuz of injury and now he’s in the final round of Wimby qualies after wins over Sugita and rublev. I heard about him a while ago and he’s actually a really interesting player. He’s this lefty who has a humongous serve but like mostly slices his forehand and has this flat backhand that he chips a lot too and he comes up with all these touch shots at the net and he’s just really entertaining player. His career high is only 324 somehow. I found some of his challenger matches and he’s an intriguing player. I think he’s only made one QF at a challenger though. But he never has made final round of qualies at a slam. What a start to his comeback from injury. Let’s go Willis!! Here’s the article I found him a while back when I first heard about him: http://lobandsmash.com/2015/09/10/marcus-willis-exciting-player-youve-never-heard/
BBC, June 28, 2016:
¤¤ Kevin Anderson has revealed he received “death threats” after his first-round loss at Wimbledon on Monday.
The South African world number 25 told BBC World Service Sport that he had received threats from people who had bet on his match against Denis Istomin.
“It pretty much happens after every match regardless of the circumstances,” the 30-year-old said.
“People who have bet on the match tend to take to social media and say very inappropriate things.”
Anderson…said abuse on social media was commonplace.
“It’s just something you have to deal with as a professional athlete who is in the limelight,” added Anderson, who lost in five sets to Uzbekistan’s Istomin.
“You can’t obviously read too much into it, you let it run off your back. It would be nicer if you didn’t [have to], but that’s the reality of the world we live in.” ¤¤ http://www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/36653337
MailOnline, July 5, 2016: ¤¤ Marion Bartoli’s fury after former Wimbledon champion was axed from doubles on health grounds.
Frail BBC pundit Marion Bartoli was understood to be furious after she was withdrawn from Wimbledon’s invitation doubles on health grounds by the All England Club.
Bartoli’s wellbeing has been of growing concern during the championships because of her waif-like appearance, having shed three stone with a strict diet free of sugar, dairy, gluten and salt, mixed with a heavy work-out programme.
A note from the referee’s office said Bartoli had been replaced by Britain’s Melanie South to partner compatriot Anne Keothavong for ‘medical’ reasons.¤¤
The article below is based on the interview I posted AT 12:30 PM.
The Telegraph, July 7, 2016: ¤¤ Wimbledon 2016: Marion Bartoli admits to fearing for her life after blaming weight loss on mystery virus.
Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli admitted to fearing for her life after blaming her extreme weight loss on a mystery virus.
Bartoli, who has shocked fans with her skeletal appearance, was barred from playing in an invitational event at Wimbledon this week when doctors expressed fears over her health.
The 2013 champion from France told ITV’s This Morning programme her condition was so rare medical experts had no name for it.
Insisting she was not anorexic, she said she was able to eat only organic salad leaves and cucumbers without skins.
She added she needed gloves when using her mobile phone as a result of severe electro-sensitivity and that she had to wash with mineral rather than tap water.
“I fear for my life. I worry that one day my heart will stop,” the 31-year-old said. “This is not life. I am just surviving.”
Bartoli said she probably picked up the virus when flying between Australia, New York and India in January and February this year.
She has since lost 20 kilos which has reduced her life to a “living nightmare”.
Bartoli said that after visiting Miami and Dallas in February to promote her fashion line, her condition started to deteriorate.
“I felt worse and my body rejected more and more things,” she said.
“I can’t type on the phone without gloves and for no more than five minutes as my heart will start to pump faster.
“My life is a living nightmare. I don’t wish this on anyone but it is gradually getting worse.”
Bartoli, who was around 60kg during her playing days, said she would start a course of treatment at a clinic on Monday.
“I want to go back to a normal life. I have been reduced to eating organic salad leaves and pre-washed cucumber with no skin.
“I cannot process protein. I just drink and drink and drink to get everything out.”
Bartoli said she respected the decision made by the Wimbledon doctors to withdraw her from the women’s invitational doubles at the All England Club.
“I was looking forward to it. I am happy when I am on court. But the doctors told me that I couldn’t play because of my health. I understand that and respect the decision.” ¤¤
Whichever it is, virus or digestive tract damage/ multiple organ failure from advanced anorexia, it’s sad. Also sad is that she could never win in the public eye: she was too fat, too thin, too short…
Marion, please take care, rest, and recover. Hope she’s surrounded by good friends and healthy support.
Martin Klizan is playing a clay court challenger at 30 in the world. What the heck? Lol I guess he wants to keep up the clay court momentum as much as possible. The title run in Hamburg was amazing then he lost to Andrej Martin in Umag with five match points so maybe this week he’ll play well again and continue the trend?? 😂😂 All I know is he better not lose at that tourney. Wouldn’t be too surprised if he did though lol.
Also #40 Lorenzi is playing the Biella challenger in Italy and Almagro is playing the challenger in Segovia, Spain. Two seed in Biella is Bellucci too. A guy who won an ATP 500 title a few weeks ago in a challenger and a guy who won an ATP 250 a few days ago also in a challenger.
Awesome story in NYC. Ryan Harrison not only won his first two qualifying matches but his younger brother Christian did and Christian had never won a qualifying match at a slam before and had had six surgeries in the past few years which has sidelined him for so long. He was a teenager when he had a bone infection he had to get surgery for then came back in his late teens and played some more and was rising in the rankings and even pushed Isner to three sets in 2013 Atlanta open but soon had to get hip surgeries then surgeries on his abductor and so forth so he’s only been as high as 351 in summer 2013 when he was just 19. Now he’s 22 but finally back in action and winning matches. He just rose 413 spots with a very recent futures title that rose him to 688 in the world. Now he’s continued his impressive comeback with quality wins over Saville (7-5 in the third) and 2 seed Kravchuk (via retirement up 2-0 in the third). Meanwhile older brother Ryan (not that old of course as he’s just 24) hasn’t dropped a set en route to the final round of qualies and plays Laaksonen for a main draw berth. I’m thinking Ryan will get that one done. Christian plays red hot Canadian Steven Diez. I actually have a feeling Christian will win that in three though. Another Marcus Willis story in the works? I hope so lol. Let’s go Harrison bros!!
Also sadly Opelka lost. Smyczek and Novikov too. Quite a few disappointing surprise losses for the Americans. Definitely didn’t see Novikov losing to Krstin. Clezar and Giraldo weren’t easy opponents for Smyczek and Opelka though especially Giraldo for Opelka. What a rough draw that was for Reilly. ERV then Giraldo in the qualies?! Good news for the U.S. is Sekou Bangoura blitzed by De Bakker and Rubin beat Berrer 6-4 in the third. Sad for Berrer though because this is most likely his last slam and it wasn’t too great of a year for him. He had a marvelous 2015 which caused him to delay his retirement to either 2016 or 17 but probably 2016 now that he had such a rough season. Hope he doesn’t call it quits yet though. Really enjoy watching him play. One of my favorite journeyman players if not my favorite. Still stoked that Noah Rubin is one win away from the main draw though. He and Bangoura have tough final matchups against Khachanov and M. Zverev. Also other Americans in second round qualies included Ryan Shane who lost in two to Ivashka, Donaldson who cruised past Samper-Montana, Mitchell Krueger who lost in two tight sets to Myneni, and Alexander Sarkissian who got past Halys in straights. Donaldson plays Giraldo for a spot in the main draw while Sarkissian takes on Clezar.
ESPN: “The French tennis federation has provisionally suspended Kristina Mladenovic, Caroline Garcia and Benoit Paire for “damaging” its image at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.”
(Only from Fed Cup & Davis Cup ?)
Dustin Brown set to hit a career high after reaching the Szczecin challenger quarterfinals. He has a pretty nice path to the finals after Granollers was bounced round one. He could face the red hot 17 year old Casper Ruud in the semis though. Ruud played his first ever challenger and won it last week beating the likes of Cervantes and Daniel to take the title in Seville. He’s up to a career high 274 and will rise to another career high after winning his first match in this tournament. Hope dreddy wins it. He could rise to 60 in the rankings. Edging closer to a top 50 spot. Hopefully he can make some noise during the Asian swing. Same with Ruud but he’ll probably just stick to challengers and keep rocketing up the rankings through those.