SW19 Diary: Rosol Czechs into Centre Court unnoticed
Saturday 30 June 2012
How did Lukas Rosol prepare for his big moment against Rafa Nadal on Thursday? The giant Czech settled into a seat by the baseline on Centre Court to watch Andy Murray play and get a first taste of the court so he had an idea of what to expect when his turn came.
Rosol, all 6ft 5in of him, remained there unrecognised by anyone for an hour before returning to the locker room to prepare for his 15 minutes.
Let's hear it for Lisicki... Or perhaps not
Monday's meeting between Sabine Lisicki and Maria Sharapova promises to be worth watching. And listening to.
In her previous round Lisicki complained to the umpire about Bojana Jovanovski's overly vocal approach to the match – as players are entitled to do. Sharapova has form in that direction – and promised not to reform – but no opponent so far has ever raised an objection during a match.
"We'll see what happens," said Lisicki.
Sabine remains underwhelmed
Not everyone marvelled at Nadal's demise. "What did you think of the match?" Sabine Lisicki was asked. "Er, I didn't see it," replied the German. "I was watching the football."
They're no longer Ova-represented
With the first week drawing to a close it's time for Ova watch. On Monday morning 26 Ovas set off in round one looking to match the achievements of last year when it was an all Ova final. But the Ova rate has dwindled alarmingly this time around. Maria Sharap's through, Nadia Petr joined her last night and there are only three more in action today.
Everyone wants a bit of Bolly
0ur very own Nick Bollettieri continues, at 80, to be a man in demand. He was asked to sit up in the players' box on Centre Court yesterday by Heather Watson's camp – she is a graduate of his academy – but he'd already been snapped up by the BBC to commentate.
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