THE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
Wimbledon Diary - Hewitt Asks: ‘Why Retire’
by ATP Staff|
ATPWorldTour.com takes a look at the news and talking points at Wimbledon on the first Monday.
Hewitt Asks “Why Retire?”
Lleyton Hewitt belied his age to record his 40th match win at The Championships with victory over No. 11 seed Stanislas Wawrinka.
On the 10th anniversary of his shock first-round loss as defending champion to Ivo Karlovic, Hewitt told the BBC, “Why would I want to retire when I can play in front of an atmosphere like this?”
Hewitt signed autographs, shook hands with every member of the “Fanatics” and took a cap and shirt from his supporters as he left No. 1 Court at The All England Club. He is competing at Wimbledon for the 15th straight year.
“I know that I can still play the game,” said Hewitt. “I compete against the best guys. I play well in the big tournaments, I think. That's why I'm still playing.”
Murray Passes Milestone At Majors
Andy Murray became the most successful British player in Grand Slam championship history, after winning his 107th singles match against Benjamin Becker at The Championships.
Murray and 1934-1936 Wimbledon champion Fred Perry had previously jointly held the record with 106 singles victories. Murray now has a 107-28 match record at the majors, followed by Perry (106-14), Tim Henman (98-49), Henry “Bunny” Austin (87-22) and Bobby Wilson (75-33).
B. Becker On Centre Court
He may have lost to Murray in the first round, but Benjamin Becker revealed he had realised a childhood dream just by stepping onto Centre Court. “When we walked on I really enjoyed it,” said the German. “It was one of my dreams always to play on the big Centre Court. Growing up and being a fan of Boris Becker obviously you always see the Centre Court.
“That's the first court you have in mind when you get asked about a tennis court. So for me, to walk on was a great moment. I would have at least liked to win a set or make it a tougher match and enjoy it a little bit more in the end, but for me it was a great honour to play on the court. Hopefully I get that chance again.”
After stunning Rafael Nadal in the first round of Wimbledon, Belgium Steve Darcis shared that he has the nickname ‘Shark’ because of a tattoo on his shoulder. “My astrological sign is a fish (Pisces). I love sharks. It's like an S, like Steve… When I was young I did a lot of work on sharks, so I know a lot about them.” While he’s never swam with them, he hasn’t ruled out the possibility. “Maybe someday,” he said.
Murray Continues Support Of Cancer Charity
Murray, who took part in the Rally Against Cancer at the Aegon Championships eight days ago, continues to support The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. The World No. 2 is sporting the name of the charity on his Wimbledon whites in support of his friend and fellow professional, Ross Hutchins, who is being treated for cancer at The Royal Marsden.
Hutchins received royal treatment on his visit to the All England Club on Monday, watching the action from the Royal Box alongside his brother. Hutchins tweeted: “Honoured to be in the @Wimbledon Royal Box today. Incredibly special #faultless”.
Rosol Makes Early Exit
Twelve months after recording the biggest match win of his career over Nadal, in the second round, on Centre Court, Lukas Rosol lost his opening match at The Championships. Qualifier Julian Reister beat Rosol, who hit 95 winners, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 6-4 in three hours and 30 minutes on Court 19 - the lone singles match that went five sets on Day 1. Rosol won his first ATP World Tour title in April at the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy in Bucharest (d. Garcia-Lopez) and is currently No. 35 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. A few hours later, Nadal followed Rosol out of the All England Club.
All In Perspective
There’s been plenty of chatter about the bottom half of the draw being tougher than the top, but for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, it’s business as usual. “It's maybe a bit tougher for Rafa or for Roger or maybe for Andy, but for me it's always the same. I have to play one of the best players in the quarter-final anyway, so one of the top four. For me, it's like usual,” he said with a smile.
Quote Of The Day
Monday’s quote of the day comes courtesy of a Tweet from New York Times writer Ben Rothenberg, who shared a remark made by British commentators during Darcis’ win over Nadal: “The last 'Mr Darcy' who starred on the BBC like this was Colin Firth!”