Very much expected at home, Andy Murray is at the center of attention at the start of this fortnight at Wimbledon. A popularity which doesn’t seem to be troubling the world number 1 who takes the first place of our ranking in front of the other star of the tournament, Roger Federer. An a Caroline Wozniacki who’s glamorous as ever.
1- Andy Murray (+12)
At Wimbledon, the most expected player is of course Andy Murray, the two-times champion and current title-holder.
He’s been signing autographs everywhere, truly everywhere…
He could also count on Princess Kate Middleton to support him, as she was in the Royal Box for the Scot’s first-round match.
Murray already looks pretty sharp.
On a more personal side, we’ve learned that he’ll soon become a father for the second time.
2- Roger Federer (-1)
Murray however has to share the love of the London crowd with Roger Federer, whose arrivals on the court are almost provoking a mass hysteria.
The man who won seven Wimbledon championships - with his last triumph being in 2012 - is still adding up to his legend with a few new personal records.
Just for our pleasure, this is the 10 000th ace of his career.
3- Caroline Wozniacki (NE)
Caroline Wozniacki remains one of the most media-friendly players of the circuit. She’s loved by the crowd and the fashion photographers.
However, there is some bad news for her fans who are deeply in love with her : the Dane is no longer single as she is living the perfect romance with David Lee, who plays basketball for the San Antonio Spurs.
As for tennis, her start at Wimbledon has gone well, as she defeated Timea Babos in the first round.
4- Mandy Minella (NE)
Mandy Minella has produced the performance of the women’s circuit so far as she has taken part in the first round…while being four months pregnant ! A valid excuse for her quick defeat in two sets against Francesca Schiavone. And now, it’s time for a good rest !
The Luxembourger was congratulated by the organizers of the US Open, a tournament she will obviously have to miss this year…
5- Serena Williams (NE)
Playing while being pregnant is exactly what Serena Williams has kept on doing, even though she is supposed to give birth very soon now.
The American is still making the headlines, after showing her radiant figure on the cover of Vanity Fair.
6- Venus Williams (NE)
Times are hard however, for her older sister Venus. Having been judged as responsible for a car accident which happened last June in Florida, and which caused the death of an elderly person, the American was reminded of this event during the press conference which followed her first-round win against the Belgian Mertens.
She broke down in tears but was able to recover emotionally in time to defeat the Chinese Qiang Wang in the second round.
7- Dustin Brown (NE)
The hotshot of the start of the tournament was produced by the inevitable Dustin Brow who literally flew over the London grass to end the point.
The floor is lava !
8- Rafael Nadal (+6)
Can the King of Clay conquer all the surfaces again to reclaim his title of Emperor of tennis ? In any case, the recent winner of Roland-Garros is at Wimbledon to triumph.
Nadal has already won Wimbledon twice, in 2008 and 2010. And it looks like he’s truly comfortable again on grass.
9- Novak Djokovic (-)
As for Djokovic, he has arrived in London looking pretty relaxed, and probably comforted by his recent win at Eastbourne, and his first trophy won since January at the Qatar Open.
The Serb has assembled a good team. A team in which we still find Andre Agassi, who’s the ex-world number 1’s main adviser.
10- Jack Sock (NE)
The « Towel Gate » : as he had just won his first-round match against the Chilean player Garin, Jack Sock threw one of his towels to a young fan who had been asking for it from the stands. But an elderly man suddenly came in and took the precious gift from his hands. A theft which shocked the seed number 17. He reached out to Twitter to reward the kid and was followed by the other Grand Slam tournaments.
Let’s hope that the young fan has a big enough cupboard to store all the towels that he is about to receive…
11- Emma Stone (NE)
Let’s speak a little about movies as the trailer of Battle of the sexes, based on the true story of the confrontation between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in 1973, has just come out.
Emma Stone and Steve Carell in the main roles do look good, don’t you find ?
In any case, Billie Jean King seems to enjoy it and has been promoting the movie herself.
12- Jelena Ostapenko (NE)
Guess who is also in London ? Jelena Ostapenko, the surprise winner of Roland-Garros, who looks more radiant than ever.
The mischievous Latvian is now really expected. So far, she has done better that she ever had at Wimbledon by qualifying - with a few troubles - for the third round. Before doing even better ?
13- Aga Radwanska (NE)
In a very uncertain women’s table, Radwanska is a serious outsider for the win. The Pole has been preparing by eating pastries at home.
The 2012 finalist at Wimbledon had the honor of meeting Princess Kate Middleton when she came for a quick visit at the start of the week.
14- Nick Kyrgios (NE)
Kyrgios is very popular in London.
He chose his side by wearing Tottenham’s kit.
A choice which was shared by Spurs.
Small trouble somehow : after sustaining an injury, the Australian had to withdraw from his first-round match against the Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
15- Daniil Medvedev (NE)
Another truly shameful thing was Daniil Medvedev’s attitude. After having struck the tennis world by defeating Stanislas Wawrinka in the first round, he didn’t really enjoy getting knocked out by the Belgian Ruben Bemelmans afterwards. So he took his frustration out on the umpire Mariana Alves by throwing a few coins at her chair.
A reprehensible attitude. For which he received a 15 000 dollars fine from Wimbledon’s disciplinary committee. We’ll try to just remember his performance against Wawrinka, while hoping that he’ll also learn to lose like a great champion.
Outs : Azarenka, Kvitova, Becker, Thiem, Paire, Sevastova, Cibulkova, Lopez, Hunt.