Unlucky to come across a great Roger Federer in the semi-finals of Wimbledon, the local of the event still managed to make up for it on the Queen's grass, a week to the day after his defeat, he went to get the three points for his team against France in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas. He finished ahead the unstoppable Hewitt, also hero of an entire country in the international team competition. As for Serena, she has mostly tried not to get stung by a bee.
1- Andy Murray (+5).
He killed the hopes of the French team in Davis Cup by BNP Paribas. Andy Murray eliminated (almost) all by himself Arnaud Clement's players in the quarterfinals. On the grass of the Queen's, the Briton won all his matches - or three points - and opened the way to the semi-finals for Great Britain.
One point in singles against Tsonga (7-5, 7-6, 6-2) one against Simon (4-6, 7-6, 6-3, 6-0), and one in doubles with his older brother Jamie (4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-1). With whom he didn’t argue, as fervently wished by their mom before the game.
Murray disgusted all his opponents, particularly Tsonga against whom he used all his defence and passing qualities. See for yourself.
2- Lleyton Hewitt (NE).
Australia is in the semi-finals of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, and it owes significantly to its veteran Lleyton Hewitt. The Australian won the doubles alongside Sam Groth Saturday...
... Before bringing the decisive point to his team on Sunday against Kazakhstan by defeating very easily Nedovyesov (7-6, 6-2, 6-3).
For his last year on the professional tour, Hewitt has one ambition: to bring the Davis Cup in Australia. The performance of the former World number one was welcomed by the greatest, including Boris Becker, Djokovic's coach.
In other news, Hewitt made a new friend this week.
3- Serena Williams (/).
One match and that's it. Serena Williams surprised everyone by showing up in the first round of the Bastad tournament, in Sweden. But after her easy victory against the Belgian Ysaline Bonaventure (6-2, 6-1), the American pulled out, saying that she had a pain in her elbow. Unless it was the presence of bees, as during this change of sides in the first round, which scared away the world number one, recent winner of Wimbledon...
In any case, her presence did please her first round opponent.
Before that, Serena had taken advantage of her Wimbledon title to dance and make faces with the winner of the men's draw, Novak Djokovic.
4- Rayane Roumane (NE).
In the ATP rankings at only 14 years old.... Rayane Roumane is starting to make some serious noise in the world of the little yellow ball. The young French player will indeed appear in the ranking of the greatest in a few days, thanks in particular to his wonderful week in Saint Gervais in Haute Savoie where he reached the semi-finals of a Future on clay. Defeated by the seed number one, Jonathan Eysseric, 280th (6-1, 6-2), Rayane Roumane had managed a feat during the quarterfinals by eliminating the Swiss Yann Marti, World 353rd (6-2, 4 -6, 7-5).
By the way, Roumane, who won the tournament Petits AS in 2014, is 6 feet 2.
5- Tomas Berdych (+5).
He said yes. Tomas Berdych got married this week. The Czech made it official with the one who is now his wife, Ester Satorova. The proof.
Otherwise, back home, Berdych said that he likes to use public transport.
6- Jan Hernych (NE).
Grass is slippery. And sometimes it hurts. Jan Hernych made the bitter experience Friday in Newport. In the quarterfinals of the American tournament against the local Jack Sock (World 39th), the Czech was the victim of a terrible fall at the beginning of the match.
Hurt in the left knee, Hernych was forced to pull out. At 36, this injury could even cause the end of his career. Grass can be bad for your health.
7- Amélie Mauresmo (NE).
Very tricky beginning of the week for Mauresmo, who lost her dog Sophia.
The French, coach of Andy Murray, was seen smiling again when she found out that she had been introduced to the Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, where she thus joined many legends.
8- Benoît Paire (NE).
He's incorrigible. Benoit Paire was it again this week. Known for his mood swings, the French player got really mad at a Challenger tournament in San Benedetto in Italy, against the local Volandri. While he was leading 4-2 in the second set after winning the first 6-1, he conspicuously let the match slip...
... To the point that the umpire had no choice but to impose a penalty for lack of combativeness. Result: abandonment early in the third set. Maybe Paire digested badly the pizza he ate the previous day.
9- Nick Kyrgios (-1).
He’s also starting to make some noise for his mood swings. Very criticized after his knockout round against Gasquet at Wimbledon, Nick Kyrgios didn't help his case this week. Leader of the Australian team in Davis Cup by BNP Paribas in the absence of Tomic, suspended, the Australian prodigy completely missed his game against the Kazakh Nedovyesov, World 115th, Friday (7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4). Beyond the defeat in front of his public, Kyrgios especially demonstrated a flagrant lack of combativeness, including a "I don’t want to be here" heard clearly early in the fourth set. Before smashing two of his racquets after his defeat.
Yet, Kyrgios seemed motivated earlier this week, according to this "handshake" with his teammates.
Worse, Kyrgios was replaced by Groth, victorious, to play the singles on the Sunday. Maybe he should try basketball.
10- Frank Dancevic (NE).
The Dancevic’s show. Against Ryan Harrison in the second round of the Challenger of Winnetka in the US, the Canadian Frank Dancevic won a monstrous point by succeeding two superb dives on the volley.
But well, at the end of the day, he still lost the match (6-7, 7-5, 7-6).
11- James Ward (NE).
The British class. James Ward also made some noise this week. Not for his performance in quarterfinals of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, where he was defeated by Gilles Simon in the first singles (6-4, 6-4, 6-1), but for his outfit, doubtful to say the least.
Richard Virenque likes the socks.
12- Garbine Muguruza (-9).
Week off for Garbine Muguruza. The recent Wimbledon finalist returned home to Spain for a few days of well-deserved holidays.
A tan comes back quickly.
13- Maria Sharapova (NE).
You saw it, Muguruza will never ride without her hat, but she still doesn't wear it as well than Maria Sharapova.
The Russian who had a ball this week while driving her red Porsche.
14- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (NE).
Bad weekend for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The French first lost his singles against Andy Murray on Friday and then the doubles on Saturday alongside Nicolas Mahut. But above all, he made the audience of the Queen's laugh with this beautiful air serve.
Not to mention his numerous falls.
15- Gilles Simon (NE).
He would have tried everything. Gilles Simon was the only French at the level this weekend. Easy winner of his first singles match against James Ward (6-4, 6-4, 6-1), he made Andy Murray work hard for it on Sunday even leading 6-4, 4-2, before eventually losing (4-6, 7-6, 6-3, 6-0).
Gilles, who is the only French to have understood that a suit jacket is worn buttoned, except when seated.
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