Why is your nose so red? The wacky world of Wimbledon

July 7, 2009

With hundreds of members of the international press descending on the All England Club every year to cover Wimbledon, players inevitably face a range of questions in their post-match news conferences as reporters seek to find a new or quirky angle for a story.

What Laver thinks about record-breaking Federer

July 6, 2009

Rod Laver is one of the few players from down the years who might still be considered an equal of Roger Federer and the twice-calendar-slam winner, now 70, is in no mood to concede the title of Greatest of All Time to the Swiss.

Roddick gatecrashes Murray’s Wimbledon party

July 3, 2009

roddickThe build-up to Friday’s second Wimbledon semi-final was all about Briton Andy Murray but the man of the hour was the fearless American Andy Roddick.

Murraymania keeps on building … but Andy’s unimpressed

July 1, 2009

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Andy Murray’s brutal straight sets victory over Juan Carlos Ferrero took him through to the semi-finals at Wimbledon for the first time in his career on Wednesday but while the centre court fans and the Henman Hill mob did their Mexican waves one man was singularly unimpressed by the Murraymania.

Roger Federer, and other crimes against fashion

June 23, 2009

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Fashion models, with varying degrees of taste, have been strutting their stuff at Wimbledon this week — oh, and they play a spot of tennis too.

Can Wimbledon cope without Nadal?

June 20, 2009

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When Roger Federer shows up at Wimbledon next week without Rafael Nadal looking down at him  from the top of the draw, it will almost feel like Laurel turned up without Hardy or Starsky without Hutch.

Nadal loses battle of wounded knee

June 19, 2009

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Rafael Nadal will not be able to defend his Wimbledon title after losing his battle to recover from a knee injury.

What the future holds for Wimbledon

June 19, 2009

OK, we still don’t know whether Nadal will defend his Wimbledon title but we do know what the All England Club have in store following the redevelopment of centre court.

Federer absence hits Halle hard

June 10, 2009

Text updated at 1720 GMT, June 10. Please see note below.

Imagine a tennis tournament — fans, organisers, sponsors and even the small town itself — depending on a big name to show up to make it a success.