Tennis – “We are here to stop Djokovic”


During this fortnight of Wimbledon, discover what makes the crowd of Church Road talk or shudder with impatience.


Mathieu Aeschmann

Jeremy Santallo

The public against Djokovic?

Finished the holidays. Between Roland Garros and Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic has given himself a little getaway to Mallorca where we have almost seen him tapping the ball with his son on social networks than with his doubles partner. Two-time defending champion at Church Road, the Serbian will have the honor of treading the immaculate grass of the Center Court Monday at 2:30 p.m. On the other side of the net, the young Briton Jack Draper (19). «Honestly, I don’t know muchthing of him, has this “Nole» Saturday. At Queen’s, he beat Sinner, who I trained with so I asked him a few questions.» As in his final against Roger Federer two years ago, Novak Djokovic could have some of the fans against him. «It’s always dangerous and tricky to face someone who has nothing to lose and who plays at home. I’m sure there will be a lot of support from people behind him. I will take it seriously.» We can trust him.

The fire match

If only one of the first 128 singles rounds had to be looked at, this would be it. Without hesitation. The reasons for stopping everything on Tuesday to settle in front of Nick Kyrgios – Ugo Humbert are multiple. We try to keep it short. On the one hand, “Dirty Nick” (ATP 61), capable of the worst excesses and the most sublime blows, who deigned to leave his Australia for the first time in fifteen months… because Wimbledon. On the other, Ugo Humbert (ATP 25), young Frenchman, esthete pianist with a delicate left-handed game and freshly titled in Halle.

When Nick Kyrgios and Ugo Humbert “tease” their first Instagram tour.

You are not convinced? So remember those five glowing sets in early February in Melbourne. In a melting John Cain Arena, the Australian had emerged victorious in the best match of the first week after a recital of attacking tennis. The two young people are perfectly aware of this: no matter how much they embody fire and ice, the meeting of their two creatives is a magnificent advertisement for their sport. “Let’s give the public what they want”, also launched Nick Kyrgios to his opponent on Instagram. The Frenchman’s response: a fiery check. An entire program!

Johanna Konta disillusioned

Wimbledon is both a pleasure and a pain for its British representatives. Ask “Gentleman Tim” Henman, accused for years by the tabloids of being “too nice” simply because he stalled so close to the goal (4 semi-finals, 4 quarter-finals). Is it this nagging pressure that has already cracked (gently) Johanna Konta? The best English player, semi-finalist in 2017, has indeed cracked an epidermal reaction linked to the color of her skin reflected by the screen of the press conference (they take place via Zoom).

“I just want to add something: I see myself on the screen and I don’t get sunburned! I have no idea why I look so red. I don’t know if you see the same thing but know that I use my 50 protection sunscreen. ” Protocol hastened to reassure Konta: it was all the screen’s fault. Except that at the end of the evening on Sunday, we learned that the 31st player in the world at the WTA was declared a contact case of a person positive for Covid – a member of her team – and therefore removed from the table on the eve of the start of the competition. . Terrible twist of fate.

Sunday sentence

“IT’SObviously we’re here to stop it. Of course we are here to try to put an end to his dream. But it’s going to be complicatedDefeated by Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas paid to see a fortnight ago. «I think he’s one of the best players tennis has seen, did he confessed since «Temple», about his executioner at Roland Garros. He’s someone who I think currently thinks he’s the best. That’s why he plays so well.» We had left him collapsed in the shadow of Philippe-Chatrier after losing his first Grand Slam final. All blond curls outside, the Greek reappeared Sunday in videoconference. The finalist at Porte d’Auteuil went straight to London after Paris. He then relaxed for a few days in the countryside to fix his body bruised by ocher. Since then, a few training sets but none part official. He will not have an easy task of entering Monday (4 p.m.) against the American Frances Tiafoe.

Stefanos Tsitsipas during his videoconference on Sunday.

Stefanos Tsitsipas during his videoconference on Sunday.

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Andy Murray, l’attraction

Ahead of Roger Federer’s long-awaited debut on Tuesday, this is clearly the attraction of day one of «The Championships»: the big comeback of Andy Murray, darling of English, after four years of absence on this grass of Wimbledon where he was crowned twice in 2013 and 2016. TheIT’SScottish 34 ans, now 119th player in the world but invited by the organizers, performed well at Queen’s against Benoît Paire before losing to Matteo Berrettini. Since then, he has found himself in the spotlight for this training with Roger Federer, where he made a strong impression. «It was really cool for me, he reacted on Saturday. These are the kinds of things that I wouldn’t have given too much importance to 6 or 7 ago years. Now, after all my troubles, I appreciate this kind of moment all the more.» Monday, he will tread this famous short Center that he cherishes so much at the end of the day. In front of him, the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, seed NO 24 but whose best result is a 3rd tour in 2015. We want to believe very strongly for «Sir» Andy Murray.

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