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Jun 24, 2014

Warrior Hewitt buoyed by rise of Aussie young guns

LONDON (Reuters) – Australian standard bearer Lleyton Hewitt scrapped to his 145th victory in grand slam play at Wimbledon on Tuesday and, for a change, he will have plenty of company in the second round.

The 33-year-old former champion has all too often had to carry the fight alone for a nation once blessed with male grand slam champions but the signs are that a new generation are ready to finally come to the fore.

Jun 24, 2014

Tennis-Warrior Hewitt buoyed by rise of Aussie young guns

LONDON, June 24 (Reuters) – Australian standard bearer Lleyton Hewitt scrapped to his 145th victory in grand slam play at Wimbledon on Tuesday and, for a change, he will have plenty of company in the second round.

The 33-year-old former champion has all too often had to carry the fight alone for a nation once blessed with male grand slam champions but the signs are that a new generation are ready to finally come to the fore.

Jun 24, 2014

Bartoli shines briefly before Federer steals limelight

LONDON (Reuters) – Former champions littered Wimbledon’s order of play, but it was Marion Bartoli who lit up proceedings first on Tuesday without having to wield a racket in anger.

Seven-time men’s winner Roger Federer found himself booked on Court One, where he crushed Italian Paolo Lorenzi 6-1 6-1 6-3 while 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt grafted away on an outside court to seal his place in the second round.

Jun 24, 2014

Tennis-Bartoli shines briefly before Federer steals limelight

LONDON, June 24 (Reuters) – Former champions littered Wimbledon’s order of play, but it was Marion Bartoli who lit up proceedings first on Tuesday without having to wield a racket in anger.

Seven-time men’s winner Roger Federer found himself booked on Court One, where he crushed Italian Paolo Lorenzi 6-1 6-1 6-3 while 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt grafted away on an outside court to seal his place in the second round.

Jun 23, 2014

Murray starts latest stat-attack in style

LONDON (Reuters) – The problem for Andy Murray is that every time he arrives at Wimbledon he is saddled with erasing a statistic.

Last year he did it in the most memorable fashion, ending 77 years of hurt for success-starved British tennis by beating Novak Djokovic to win the men’s singles.

Jun 23, 2014

Tennis-Murray starts latest stat-attack in style

LONDON, June 23 (Reuters) – The problem for Andy Murray is that every time he arrives at Wimbledon he is saddled with erasing a statistic.

Last year he did it in the most memorable fashion, ending 77 years of hurt for success-starved British tennis by beating Novak Djokovic to win the men’s singles.

Jun 23, 2014

Perfect start for Murray, the returning hero

LONDON (Reuters) – All was as it should be on the opening day of Wimbledon when returning British hero Andy Murray opened the defense of his historic title with an impressive first-round victory on Monday.

Under bright skies, with the Center Court grass glistening, his grandparents in the royal box and Murray resplendent in spotless white attire, the 27-year-old walked out to a standing ovation and rewarded his fans by dismantling Belgium’s David Goffin 6-1 6-4 7-5.

Jun 23, 2014

Gulbis has no time for vampires, but umpires are okay

LONDON (Reuters) – French Open semi-finalist Ernests Gulbis has never been afraid of causing a stir and the Latvian was inadvertently at it again after his first-round victory at Wimbledon on Monday.

The 25-year-old, who once called the big four of men’s tennis boring and has made racket smashing an art form, became embroiled in a bizarre exchange with journalists about vampires.

Jun 23, 2014

Tennis-Gulbis has no time for vampires, but umpires are okay

LONDON, June 23 (Reuters) – French Open semi-finalist Ernests Gulbis has never been afraid of causing a stir and the Latvian was inadvertently at it again after his first-round victory at Wimbledon on Monday.

The 25-year-old, who once called the big four of men’s tennis boring and has made racket smashing an art form, became embroiled in a bizarre exchange with journalists about vampires.

Jun 23, 2014

Hooked on the World Cup? Not early loser Stephens

LONDON (Reuters) – Soccer is a hot topic in the Wimbledon locker rooms this year, but American Sloane Stephens’s interest in the World Cup ended when friend Jozy Altidore was injured in her country’s opening match.

Altidore tore a hamstring during the United States’ defeat of Ghana, and though they still have a great chance of reaching the last 16, Stephens had other things on her mind after losing in the first round of the grasscourt grand slam.