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Wimbledon, Zen and Murray's art of returning a tennis serve

12 Juillet 2017

Just as a fine bottle of wine benefits from being given time to breathe, the Wimbledon vintage is just that little more special after a day off.

"I think also for the spectators it's more enjoyable to watch - because it's huge names like Federer and Murray and I think they deserve to be on Centre Court", the Slovakian said after winning her fourth-round match on Court 18.

"There's quite a few spots on the court, like just behind the baseline and just in front of the baseline, where there's quite big lumps of grass, sort of nearly like little divots there, which I don't remember really being the case".

Italian Fognini went further, stating the courts were "really, really bad". She lost the match and walked away with what she termed slight injuries on her knees and ankle, and complaints of seeing holes in the court.

Wimbledon have traditionally been opposed to starting earlier on the show courts for fear of half empty stands.

Wimbledon's courts are playing as well as ever and there is nothing unusual in the slipping and sliding that disrupted some matches in the tournament's first week, the head of All England Lawn Tennis Club said on Monday.

Konta's eminent sensibleness and unruffled attitude in the face of all this hoopla bodes well and on No.1 Court, she faces a French opponent, Caroline Garcia, who's known all about the difficulties of being saddled with great expectations in her homeland. Kristia Mladenovic simply told reporters, "There's no grass. It was not even flat". "They were complaining", he notes, "especially on the outside courts".

Sixteen matches, every fourth round contested on a single day and every one a victor.

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"Sorry, Wimbledon, it's not against you, but there are improvements to do on this thing".

"A few of the players have said that about some of the outside courts as well".

"It's been extremely hot". 'I would say it's the best day of tennis that you can see, ' says Berdych.

The ladies event, in stark contrast, still has a much more open feel and if Venus Williams can not become champion for a sixth time - and she would have to be by some distance the oldest in modern times at 37 to do so - then it's extremely hard to identify an obvious first-time victor.

The defending champion, who is today scheduled to play for a place to join fellow Briton Johanna Konta in the semi-finals, has conceded that their sport is not a thinking game because the ball travels too fast for the brain to process visual information.

The match had sparked controversy when viewers claimed Garcia was getting illegal help from her coach dad Louis-Paul in the players' box. It features no less than a dozen who are 28 or over, including seven 30-somethings, which makes the presence of 20-year-old Alexander Zverev, a second week debutant up against last year's finalist Milos Raonic on No.2 Court, stand out so strikingly.

"It's equal prize money so why not equal representation on Centre Court and Court number One?", she said.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

Wimbledon, Zen and Murray's art of returning a tennis serve