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Jul 3, 2013

McEnroe enjoys new role as comedy fall guy

LONDON (Reuters) – John McEnroe was once the “bad boy” of Wimbledon, berating linesmen and umpires alike and famously screaming “You cannot be serious”.

The 54-year-old silver fox had a new role on Thursday as comedy fall guy to Iranian Mansour Bahrami in the gentlemen’s senior invitation doubles on a packed outside court.

Jul 3, 2013

Tennis-McEnroe enjoys new role as comedy fall guy

LONDON, July 3 (Reuters) – John McEnroe was once the “bad boy” of Wimbledon, berating linesmen and umpires alike and famously screaming “You cannot be serious”.

The 54-year-old silver fox had a new role on Thursday as comedy fall guy to Iranian Mansour Bahrami in the gentlemen’s senior invitation doubles on a packed outside court.

Jul 2, 2013

Thai name tricky tongue twister? Not for umpire

LONDON (Reuters) – LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) – For Australian tennis umpire James Tucker, the name Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul holds no fears.

All 19 letters rolled smoothly off the umpire’s tongue at the start of the Thai teenager’s Wimbledon boys’ singles match against Frenchman Johan Sebastien on Tuesday.

Jul 2, 2013

Thai name tricky tongue twister? Not for tennis umpire

LONDON (Reuters) – LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) – For Australian tennis umpire James Tucker, the name Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul holds no fears.

All 19 letters rolled smoothly off the umpire’s tongue at the start of the Thai teenager’s Wimbledon boys’ singles match against Frenchman Johan Sebastien on Tuesday.

Jul 2, 2013

Tennis-Thai name tricky tongue twister? Not for umpire

LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) – LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) – For Australian tennis umpire James Tucker, the name Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul holds no fears.

All 19 letters rolled smoothly off the umpire’s tongue at the start of the Thai teenager’s Wimbledon boys’ singles match against Frenchman Johan Sebastien on Tuesday.

Jul 2, 2013

Who’s that girl? Fans have to check who is playing

LONDON (Reuters) – Clutching tickets won in a raffle, acquired through the local tennis club or bought at a charity auction, the fans huddled together on a chilly Center Court all agreed – the Wimbledon women’s quarter-finals were low on star names.

But the diehard aficionados ready to queue all night outside the grounds were delighted to find it took them only three hours to get in to watch what Britain’s Times newspaper scornfully called “the women you’ve never heard of.”

Jun 29, 2013

Triumphant Tomic stays focused to dad’s delight

LONDON (Reuters) – Australian Bernard Tomic reminded tennis fans of his potential as he reached the last 16 at Wimbledon on Saturday but admitted it was hard not having his father there to watch him triumph on the sport’s greatest stage.

The lanky 20-year-old scored one of his biggest triumphs as he progressed with a hard-fought third-round victory over French grass court specialist Richard Gasquet 7-6(7) 5-7 7-5 7-6(5).

Jun 29, 2013

Tennis-Triumphant Tomic stays focused to dad’s delight

LONDON, June 29 (Reuters) – Australian Bernard Tomic reminded tennis fans of his potential as he reached the last 16 at Wimbledon on Saturday but admitted it was hard not having his father there to watch him triumph on the sport’s greatest stage.

The lanky 20-year-old scored one of his biggest triumphs as he progressed with a hard-fought third-round victory over French grass court specialist Richard Gasquet 7-6(7) 5-7 7-5 7-6(5).

Jun 28, 2013

No one wants to be beaten by grandma, says Navratilova

LONDON (Reuters) – Martina Navratilova wonders why Kimiko Date-Krumm ever retired so early when she is now so clearly revelling in her comeback at the ripe old age of 42.

“All the other players are shaking in their knees because they don’t want to lose to grandma,” Navratilova said of the diminutive Japanese who on Wednesday became the oldest woman to reach the third round of the singles at Wimbledon.

Jun 28, 2013

Murray tribute artist avoids singing in the rain

LONDON (Reuters) – A Scottish fitness teacher who wrote a tribute song about Andy Murray was invited to Wimbledon on Friday by the world number two’s mother Judy and thanks to Center Court’s roof he should be able to avoid singing in the rain.

Amateur musician Keith Meisner’s singing career suddenly took off when his fellow Scot shared the song “Under The Lights, Song for Andy Murray” with his 1.5 million social media followers.