Wimbledon Diary: A case of never say Netherlands as Robin Haase won't talk about World Cup
Tuesday 24 June 2014
The World Cup is occupying plenty of minds here – Victoria Azarenka described Lionel Messi, her favourite player, as "cute", Andrea Petkovic has a soft spot for Jürgen Klinsmann and Caroline Wozniacki is surprised by Costa Rica's progress – but don't mention it to Robin Haase. The first question for the Dutchman after his match was how much attention he was paying to the football. "Nothing," he replied. "I don't want to talk about soccer." OK. "It's really not important for me right now." End of press conference.
Bartoli is lost for words
Not a good day for the announcer on Centre Court. "Ladies and gentlemen," he intoned to herald the return of the women's champion from last year, "please welcome Maria Baltoli." Marion Bartoli broke down in tears but that was down to the emotion of the occasion rather than the mangling of her name. Alongside her was nine-year-old Elle Robus-Miller from the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis as Wimbledon paid tribute to the former British No 1, who died of cancer in May.
A catch but not in the net
Question of the day, to Wozniacki: "Have you considered internet dating?" "I think I'm not that desperate," she replied.
Victor and the spoilt debut
It was not the chapter in the history of Dominican tennis that Victor Estrella Burgos had hoped to write. Today the 33-year-old made his country's debut at Wimbledon but had to retire at 5-1 down as injury brought an early end to his match against Jiri Vesely. He's still ranked 52 places higher than Dan Evans, the highest-ranked Englishman.
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