It started with an early morning announcement that there was essentially no point bothering to go down and line up for tickets. Some people waited in line for over six hours only to be irritatingly told they still had another 2-3 hours to wait. Others were entertained by Toni Nadal and Judy Murray serving coffee.
The players we not amused though.
Victoria Azarenka retired with bone bruising following her fall the other day. Marin Cilic withdrew with a knee injury. Steve Darcis withdrew with a shoulder injury from a fall during his match with Rafa Nadal. John Isner, Jo Wilfred Tsonga, Radek Stepanek and Yaroslava Shvedova all withdrew or retired.
Caroline Wozniacki also feel and was severely hampered by an ankle injury. She continued playing with minimal movement as she seemed undecided if she would retire or not.
To say it’s been a bad day for the tournament is an understatement.
At the time of writing Maria Sharapova had fallen again and was seen testing her left hip.
Someone like Roger Federer, who was handed a tough draw, will now be looking at the draw and fancying his chances of an eighth Wimbledon title. So far it’s all been smooth sailing for Federer – except he has been told to change the orange sole on his shoes as they don’t meet the all white requirements of Wimbledon but given what’s happened today that’s not a big deal.
“The court was not in a very good condition that day. My opponent fell twice; I fell badly; there were some other people who fell after.
It would be great if the club or somebody who takes care of the court would examine or try to find an issue so that wouldn’t happen.
There is nothing I could have done to make that better. There is nothing I’ve done wrong that cost me to just withdraw from Wimbledon.” – Victoria Azarenka
“I just went to serve, and it was as I landed on my left leg, like I have done 20 million times playing this game. I just felt this sharp pain.
It just grabbed really badly and I knew I was in serious trouble then. I knew at that point it was not likely I was going to be able to play.” – John Isner
“It’s a very black day.” – Marin Cilic