>- Exhausted John Isner had nothing left to offer after his 11 hour first round match against Nicolas Mahut. Today he attempted to back up the performance when he took on Thiemo De Bakker, one of the break through players of 2010, but came up short and with a sore neck. Isner was treated for neck pain during the match and didn’t stay on court long, he lost 6-0, 6-3, 6-2. Isner looked like he was struggling to walk.
- Isner’s fellow warrior, Nicolas Mahut, has been offered a free Club Med holiday by the company to recharge his batteries. Impressively Mahut played doubles after the conclusion of his epic match with Isner yesterday. Apparently Mahut was crying uncontrollably and shaking in the locker room after losing to Isner. He deserves a holiday.
- Maria Kirilenko’s some times dodgy serve, played up again a bit today as she struggled to control the power of Kim Clijsters. Clijsters is hoping to claim her second Grand Slam since her return to the tour almost a year ago, and her first ever Wimbledon title. She beat Kirilenko 6-3, 6-3.
- Novak Djokovic who is currently on court against Albert Montanes has been seen shaking his arm and wearing Kinesio tape on his neck… watch this space.
- Venus Williams has a new book coming out on Tuesday called “Come to Win”…. Hasn’t it been a while since she has won? (Acapulco?)
- After being shafted to Court 2, instead of Centre Court in front of the Queen as she had hoped, Serena Williams came out swinging, destroying opponent Anna Chakvetadze 6-0, 6-1. Serena did get to meet the Queen after practicing her curtsy. “My curtsy didn’t go the way I wanted. I didn’t get the right wrist action, and then I got nervous. It was amazing to meet the Queen. And to meet her at Wimbledon, it was really an unbelievable moment… I have mixed feelings about playing on court two. I don’t think I should be out there. But when I was leaving, I stayed for a while, and I signed tons of autographs. A lot of these people can’t get into the Centre Court so that was a good thing.”