SW19 Diary: Roger Federer fights for thirtysomethings

 

Roger Federer continues his bid to prove he is not past it since turning 30 when he takes on Fabio Fognini today in the second round. The Swiss has not won a Grand Slam title since January 2010, when he was a kid of 28.

The last thirtysomething to win a major was Andre Agassi, 32 when taking the Australian title in 2003. Federer's opponent today is 25, as is Novak Djokovic. Rafa Nadal is a more mature 26.

StreetGames aims for inner cities

There have been British attempts to emulate the Williams sisters' incredible rise from LA gangland to Wimbledon Centre Court, so far without success. Enter StreetGames, a charity which provides sport in deprived neighbourhoods. It embarked on its first tennis scheme this week in Moss Side, Manchester – better known for guns and gangs than serves and volleys.

Grass courts keen to go green

There may be relief for courtside reporters who have to operate against the noise of a groundsman's petrol mower. Wimbledon are trialling a battery-powered machine on Court Two. It is, said head groundsman Neil Stubley, part of the All England Club's attempt to reduce its carbon footprint. Might the next step be hybrid courtesy cars?

Maggie may raise Murray's appeal

Much of Middle England is still to fall for the charms of Andy Murray but surely they will now his border terrier, Maggie May, is writing her own column on The Tennis Space website. The pooch reveals she will chew tennis balls but not fetch them, and that Ivan Lendl will not let her kiss him on the face.

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