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Jun 29, 2012

Pippa Middleton cheers on Andy Murray from Royal Box at Wimbledon


Pippa Middleton made her Wimbledon appearance at Centre Court yesterday in style. 

Dressed in a navy Orla Kiely dress and buttoned-up jacket, the Duchess of Cambridge's younger sister took her seat in the royal box with her brother James to watch Andy Murray battle for his place in the third round.


 Last year, she attended the tournament with her ex-boyfriend, Alex Loudon.

Pippa becomes a centre of attention after she made a royal wedding's surprise standout wearing a white dress that rivaled sister Kate Middleton's wedding dress.

(Images via vanityfair.com and dailymail.co.uk)

Rafael Nadal stunned by 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol at Wimbledon


Unknown Czech player Lukas Rosol overpowered 11-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in the second round at Wimbledon last night. 

''That's (what) happens when you play against a player who is able to hit the ball very hard, hit the ball without thinking and feeling the pressure,'' Nadal said. ''At the end, when the opponent wants to play like he wanted to play in the fifth (set), you are in his hands, no? Everything was going right for him.''

This is the first time since 2005 that Nadal lost in the second round at any major tournament.

He reached the final at the previous five Grand Slams, and also reached the final the last five times he entered Wimbledon, winning the grass-court tournament in 2008 and 2010.

However after a successful, long clay season Nadal deserves to take a break, relax and prepare to defend his gold Olympic medal that will start in less than a month time.

(Image via Reuters)

Jun 28, 2012

Rafael Nadal watches Euro Cup match between Spain and Portugal


After the Spanish football team defeated Portugal in a penalty shootout last night to enter the Euro Cup final, it could be a huge boost for Rafael Nadal to do the same at Wimbledon. 

He took some time off to watch the football match where most of his friends like Iker Casillas and Fernando Llorente were playing.


(Images via Rafael Nadal's Facebook fan page)

Roger Federer, Andy Roddick and Tim Henman meet Prince Charles and Camilla at Wimbledon

Last night, I posted about Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attending the Wimbledon Centre Court match between Roger Federer and Fabio Fognini.

Prince Charles with Tim Henman

Camilla chats with Andy Roddick

Earlier the royal couple met up with former British no.1 Tim Henman and American Andy Roddick.

Prince Charles and Camilla also met up with Roger Federer right after his match.



It was Prince Charles' first visit to Wimbledon since 1970.

(Images via dailymail.co.uk; Tennis Addicts' Facebook fan page)

Jun 27, 2012

Pro golfer Sergio Garcia visits Rafael Nadal at practice court


Rafael Nadal has a special guest today, pro golfer and friend Sergio Garcia at the practice court today.

The Spaniards have played a few Pro-Am golf tournaments together in the past.

(Image via Wimbledon's Facebook fan page)

Prince Charles and Camilla show up at Roger Federer's match


Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall show up at Roger Federer's second round match against Fabio Fognini at the Wimbledon tennis tournament today.


Update: Federer just wrapped up the match in straight sets with the score 61 63 62.

Federer gives a royal salute


(Images via Sina Sports)


Svetlana Kuznetsova receives birthday gift from Zenit Football Club


It's Svetlana Kuznetsova's 27th birthday today. Coincidentally her birthday also falls on the 27th.

So it makes sense when Russian Zenit FC presented a football jersey with the number '27' as a birthday gift for her.

However the bad news is her Wimbledon campaign has ended after losing the first round to Yanina Wickmayer.

(Image via Svetlana Kuznetsova's Twitter page)

List of singles and doubles participants for Olympics 2012

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced the full list of entries for the London 2012 Olympic Tennis Event at The All England Club, Wimbledon from 28 July until 5 August yesterday. A total of forty-five (45) countries will compete in this year’s event.


Men's singles entry list
- Argentina: Juan Martin del Potro, Juan Monaco, Carlos Berlocq, David Nalbandian
- Australia: Bernard Tomic, Lleyton Hewitt (*)
- Austria: Jurgen Melzer
- Belgium: Olivier Rochus, David Goffin, Steve Darcis
- Brazil: Thomaz Bellucci (*)
- Bulgaria: Grigor Dimitrov
- Canada: Milos Raonic, Vasek Pospisil (*)
- Chinese Taipei: Lu Yen-Hsun
- Colombia: Santiago Giraldo, Alejandro Falla
- Croatia: Marin Cilic, Ivo Karlovic, Ivan Dodig
- Cyprus: Marcos Baghdatis
- Czech Republic: Tomas Berdych, Radek Stepanek
- Finland: Jarkko Nieminen
- France: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gilles Simon, Gael Monfils, Richard Gasquet
- Germany: Philipp Kohlschreiber
- Great Britain: Andy Murray
- India: Somdev Devvarman (*)
- Italy: Andreas Seppi, Fabio Fognini
- Japan: Kei Nishikori, Go Soeda, Tatsuma Ito
- Kazakhstan: Mikhail Kukushkin
- Luxembourg: Gilles Muller
- Netherlands: Robin Haase
- Poland: Lukasz Kubot
- Romania: Adrian Ungur (*)
- Russia: Mikhail Youzhny, Alex Bogomolov Jr, Nikolay Davydenko, Dmitry Tursunov
- Serbia: Novak Djokovic, Janko Tipsarevic, Viktor Troicki
- Slovak Republic: Lukas Lacko, Martin Klizan
- Slovenia: Blaz Kavcic (*)
- Spain: Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Nicolas Almagro, Fernando Verdasco
- Switzerland: Roger Federer, Stanislas Wawrinka
- Tunisia: Malek Jaziri (*)
- Ukraine: Sergiy Stakhovsky (*)
- USA: John Isner, Andy Roddick, Donald Young, Ryan Harrison
- Uzbekistan: Denis Istomin
(*)  ITF Place


Women's singles entry list
- Australia: Samantha Stosur
- Austria: Tamira Paszek
- Belarus: Victoria Azarenka
- Belgium: Yanina Wickmayer, Kim Clijsters
- Bulgaria: Tsvetana Pironkova
- Canada: Aleksandra Wozniak
- China, P.R.: Li Na, Peng Shuai, Zheng Jie
- Chinese Taipei: Hsieh Su-Wei
- Croatia: Petra Martic
- Czech Republic: Petra Kvitova, Lucie Safarova, Petra Cetkovska, Klara Zakopalova
- Denmark: Caroline Wozniacki
- Estonia: Kaia Kanepi
- France: Alize Cornet (*)
- Georgia: Anna Tatishvili (*)
- Germany: Angelique Kerber, Sabine Lisicki, Andrea Petkovic, Julia Goerges
- Great Britain: Anne Keothavong (*), Elena Baltacha (*)
- Hungary: Agnes Szavay
- Israel: Shahar Peer
- Italy: Sara Errani, Flavia Pennetta, Roberta Vinci, Francesca Schiavone
- Kazakhstan: Galina Voskoboeva, Yaroslava Shvedova
- Liechtenstein: Stephanie Vogt (#)
- New Zealand: Marina Erakovic
- Paraguay: Veronica Cepede Royg (#)
- Poland: Agnieszka Radwanska, Urszula Radwanska
- Romania: Monica Niculescu, Simona Halep, Sorana Cirstea, Irina-Camelia Begu
- Russia: Maria Sharapova, Vera Zvonareva, Maria Kirilenko, Nadia Petrova
- Serbia: Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic
- Slovak Republic: Dominika Cibulkova, Daniela Hantuchova
- Slovenia: Polona Hercog
- Spain: Anabel Medina Garrigues, Carla Suarez Navarro, Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, Silvia Soler-Espinosa
- Sweden: Sofia Arvidsson
- Switzerland: Timea Bacsinszky
- Tunisia: Ons Jabeur (*)
- Ukraine: Alona Bondarenko, Kateryna Bondarenko (*)
- USA: Serena Williams, Christina McHale, Venus Williams, Varvara Lepchenko
(*)  ITF Place
(#) Tripartite Commission Invitation Place


Men's doubles entry list 
- Argentina: David Nalbandian/Eduardo Schwank (*)
- Austria: Jurgen Melzer/Alexander Peya
- Belarus: Alexander Bury/Max Mirnyi
- Brazil: Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares, Thomaz Bellucci/Andre Sa (*)
- Canada: Daniel Nestor/Vasek Pospisil
- Colombia: Juan Sebastian Cabal/Santiago Giraldo (*)
- Croatia: Marin Cilic/Ivan Dodig
- Czech Republic: Tomas Berdych/Radek Stepanek
- France: Michael Llodra/Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Julien Benneteau/Richard Gasquet
- Germany: Christopher Kas/Philipp Petzschner
- Great Britain: Andy Murray/Jamie Murray, Colin Fleming/Ross Hutchins
- India: Leander Paes/Vishnu Vardhan, Mahesh Bhupathi/Rohan Bopanna
- Israel: Jonathan Erlich/Andy Ram (*)
- Italy: Daniele Bracciali/Andreas Seppi
- Japan: Kei Nishikori/Go Soeda (*)
- Netherlands: Robin Haase/Jean-Julien Rojer
- Poland: Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski
- Romania: Horia Tecau/Adrian Ungur (*)
- Russia: Nikolay Davydenko/Mikhail Youzhny (*)
- Serbia: Janko Tipsarevic/Nenad Zimonjic, Novak Djokovic/Victor Troicki
- Slovak Republic: Martin Klizan/Lukas Lacko (*)
- Spain: Marcel Granollers/Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer/Feliciano Lopez
- Sweden: Johan Brunstrom/Robert Lindstedt
- Switzerland: Roger Federer/Stanislas Wawrinka
- USA: Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan, John Isner/Andy Roddick
(*)  ITF Place


Women's doubles entry list 
- Argentina: Gisela Dulko/Paola Suarez
- Australia: Jarmila Gajdosova/Anastasia Rodionova, Casey Dellacqua/Samantha Stosur
- Canada: Stephanie Dubois/Aleksandra Wozniak (*)
- China, P.R.: Peng Shuai/Zheng Jie, Li Na/Zhang Shuai
- Chinese Taipei: Chuang Chia-Jung/Hsieh Su-Wei (*)
- Czech Republic: Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka, Petra Cetkovska/Lucie Safarova
- France: Alize Cornet/Kristina Mladenovic (*)
- Georgia: Margalita Chakhnashvili/Anna Tatishvili (*)
- Germany: Angelique Kerber/Sabine Lisicki, Julia Goerges/Andrea Petkovic
- Great Britain: Laura Robson/Heather Watson (*)
- Hungary: Timea Babos/Agnes Szavay (*)
- India: Rushmi Chakravarthi/Sania Mirza (*)
- Italy: Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci, Flavia Pennetta/Francesca Schiavone
- Kazakhstan: Yaroslava Shvedova/Galina Voskoboeva
- Poland: Agnieszka Radwanska/Urszula Radwanska, Klaudia Jans-Ignacik/Alicja Rosolska
- Romania: Irina-Camelia Begu/Monica Niculescu, Sorana Cirstea/Simona Halep
- Russia: Maria Kirilenko/Nadia Petrova, Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina
- Slovak Republic: Dominika Cibulkova/Daniela Hantuchova
- Slovenia: Andreja Klepac/Katarina Srebotnik
- Spain: Nuria Llagostera Vives/Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, Anabel Medina Garrigues/Arantxa Parra Santonja
- Ukraine: Alona Bondarenko/Kateryna Bondarenko (*)
- USA: Liezel Huber/Lisa Raymond, Serena Williams/Venus Williams
(*)  ITF Place

JK Rowling makes rare public appearance; Rafael Nadal works his magic


Author J. K. Rowling (L) made a rare public appearance sitting in the Royal Box on Day 2 at Wimbledon yesterday.

Meanwhile Rafael Nadal worked his magic last night after a slow start with 4 games down against Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci. Nadal survived an early scare to kick off his bid for a third Wimbledon title with a 7-6 (7-0), 6-2, 6-3 victory.

Rafael Nadal

Others who also made it to the second round were Grigor Dimitrov, David Goffin, Serena Williams, Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori and Jo-Wilfriend Tsonga.

Grigor Dimitrov

Kei Nishikori

It has been rumoured that the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton will attend the championships later this week with her mother Carole Middleton, and possibly her sister Pippa.

(Via Telegraph, Images via Yahoo! Sports)

Jun 26, 2012

Juan Monaco celebrates first round win with Rafael Nadal


Argentinian Juan Monaco secured a spot in the second round at SW19 after a  64 76 76 victory over fellow countryman Leonardo Mayer.

He celebrated the win with good friend Rafael Nadal, as posted on his Facebook page.

(Image via Juan Monaco's Facebook fan page)


Jun 25, 2012

Wozzilroy shows PDA in Eastbourne; Rafael Nadal and Xisca warm up on the eve of Wimbledon

Caroline Wozinacki and her Irish golfer boyfriend Rory McIlroy were spotted strolling out of a pizza restaurant in Eastbourne yesterday. 



McIlroy can't seem to get his hands off the former world no.1. He didn't mind to show PDA in front of the paparazzi either.


Meanwhile Rafael Nadal and Xisca were also spotted taking a stroll on the eve of Wimbledon but in a more casual and relaxing way.

(Via dailymail.co.uk)


Wimbledon officially kicks off today


Defending champion Novak Djokovic kicks off today's match at the Centre Court against former world no.1 Juan Carlos Ferrero. 

It was an easy feat for Djokovic who won 63 63 61 to move into the second round at the SW19. Djokovic is one of the favourite players to win the Grand Slam title this year. 

For the daily tournament schedule, click here. You may also check the latest Wimbledon Odds.

Tournament stewards escort the fans into the grounds on day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships


(Images via Yahoo! Sports)



Grigor Dimitrov with coach Patrick Mouratoglou at Nike photo shoot


Grigor Dimitrov just completed a photo shoot for Nike at Wimbledon.

He shared a photo taken together with his coach Patrick Mouratoglou on the set with the fans on this Facebook page.

The Bulgarian will play Kevin Anderson in the first round at at SW19.


(Image via Grigor Dimitrov's Facebook fan page)

Roger Federer practice photos in London

Just when I mentioned about the lack of Roger Federer practice photos, I saw some on Sina Sports  and Yahoo! Sports websites.

The maestro of tennis is chasing for his 17th Grand Slam and 7th Wimbledon titles.





(Via Sina Sports)

Jun 24, 2012

Practice photos ahead of Wimbledon

Here are some practice photos ahead of the Wimbledon tournament.

Surprising there aren't many practice photos of Roger Federer this year.

In fact, this year's digital team has been slacking without much effort being done on it's social media sites.  


Practice partners - Rafael Nadal and Stanislas Wawrinka

Shirtless Nadal

Pretty Ana Ivanovic

Stylish Maria Sharapova

Not-so-funny Novak Djokovic 

Home favourite (or not) - Andy Murray

Agnieszka Radwanska



(Images via zimbio.com; Wimbledon's Facebook fan page)


Weekend winners

Tamira Paszek defeated Angelique Kerber 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 at the AEGON International women's final. She will face Caroline Wozniacki in the opening round at Wimbledon.

Andy Roddick beat defending champion Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-2 at the AEGON International to claim his 31st career title, ending a 16-month drought.

David Ferrer defeated Philipp Petzschner 6-3, 6-4 to win the Unicef Open grass court tournament for the second time.

Nadia Petrova downed Urszula Radwanska 6-4, 6-3 to take the Unicef Open women's title.


(Images via Unicef Open website; zimbio.com)


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