We Are Tennis by BNP Paribas brings you the best of the past week, on and off the courts, day after day. A week in which Wimbledon comes back after a canceled 2020 edition and where the height record for a Kapla tower was broken.

Monday June 28th

First match of the week: two good stories face two bad. Let's start with a heart-warming story and the return of the hero Andy Murray, winner in a battle of more than three hours against the unpredictable Nikoloz Basilashvili. Meanwhile, sitting on his sofa, a 56-year-old American citizen, Peter Marshall, diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2018, proposes to his wife, Lisa... a second time, having no memory of their first union. A sad and touching story, while Simona Halep, with a calf injury, announces her withdrawal from the Olympics and Johanna Konta, a Covid contact, has to give up her ticket to Wimbledon. "Ah, la (co)vie(d)..." 

 

Tuesday June 29th

While Serena Williams had to give up from her Wimbledon first round due to a leg injury, her sister Venus reached the second round at the age of... 41. Enough to bring on a big smile, playing mixed doubles with Nick Kyrgios, and be on the same wavelength as a native from Bordeaux who found 85,000 euros in cash among some bulky items on a pavement. How much is the women's prize money? 

 

Wednesday June 30th

At the end of a match interrupted twice and stretched over three days, Gael Monfils finally managed to get rid of Christopher O’Connell at the end of a match marked by some magnificient points including an amazing winning volley played between the legs of the French showman. A more pleasing inspiration than that of New Zealand researchers who set up a piece of equipment preventing the jaw bone of its owner from opening as a means of extreme dieting. Clearly, we prefer to see O’Connell swallowed up by Montfils.

 

Thursday July 1st

The madness of grandeur. In the US, the wealthy real estate agent Manny Khoshbin bought eight Mercedes-McLaren SLRs in one go. For your information, we're talking about a vehicle sold for over 400,000 euros each... Richard Gasquet also thought he was making his dream come true by eliminating the iconic Roger Federer, but his magnificent long backhand reply to a Swiss smash was not followed up and the master of the house continued on his way. The master of ceremonies continued on his way, quietly, as if he had just bought a dozen cars in the morning.

 

Friday July 2nd

18,76 metres. This is the height of the Kapla tower built by young people from Grenoble, who set a record by stacking 11,200 wooden planks. Almost as impressive as the score of Nick Kyrgios, who qualified for the third round of Wimbledon without having prepared for months and who made only eleven unforced errors against Gianluca Mager. Eleven, almost like the average number of times the Australian has practiced in the last year.

 

Saturday July 3rd

He was behind, he did not give up, he won. Led two sets to nil by Marin Cilic, Daniil Medvedev escaped defeat to the disgust of the Croatian. A first for the Russian who had never come back from being two sets down and had never beaten an opponent over five sets at Wimbledon. A small miracle, in the same fashion as the catch of Jennifer Dowker, the American diver. In fact the latter finds a message in a bottle dating from 1926 on the bed of the Cheboygan river (Michigan). Note also a married couple Samantha Murray – Divij Sharan harvested their first success in a mixed doubles. A London honeymoon, why not  ?

 

Sunday July 4th

The invisible day. Invisible like tennis at Wimbledon, which is not hosting any matches this Sunday for the last historic middle sunday before 2022. And invisible like the 150-centimetre diameter sculpture sold for 15,000 euros, of which the Italian artist Salvatore Garau is accused of plagiarism. So it would be possible to plagiarise a vacuum?