Left field

The Reuters global sports blog

No rain at Wimbledon but skating aplenty


wimbledon1Leading up to this year’s Wimbledon all the talk has been about the new roof on Centre Court and the blessed reality that rain-filled days would no longer scupper everyone’s plans to watch some tennis.

Yet no one bargained for ice.

Just ask Novak Djokovic and Julien Benneteau, who provided the Centre Court crowd with thrills aplenty as both suffered some horrific looking falls on the increasingly slidey surface.

Benneteau earned several well-deserved ovations for the rowdy fans after requiring treatment for some heroic dives, and Djokovic was full of praise for his opponent after the match.

“He was fighting a lot and he deserved to be supported today,” the Serb told British TV.