Wimbledon day 7 recap: Middle Sunday, bombs and fast surfaces


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Wimbledon day 7 recap: Middle Sunday, bombs and fast surfaces

As tradition dictates, there are no matches in the Middle Sunday, but Wimbledon 2019 is preparing for Manic Monday, the event-day in which all the matches of the men's and womens' singles fourth round will be played.

On this day of rest for tennis players, Fabio Fognini-bomb broke out. "Damned English, look, that a bomb exploded on the club, a bomb must burst here!" These are the ominous words of a very angry Fognini, very upset about having to play on Court 14, in the match that saw him lose to Tennys Sandgren.

Then came the apology of the Italian, very nervous during the challenge. Few perhaps recall that in these days, in 1940, the Luftwaffe also bombed the All England Club, during the Second World War, in what was one of the most tragic days in recent London history.

All the protagonists involved in the two weeks in London agree on one thing: the grass of the courts, this year, is slower than in the past editions. It must be considered that in the last few days, even those prior to the start of the tournament, it has been very feverish and not very rainy, and this has made the courts even slower.

In a tournament where a player should almost exclusively play with the serve & volley, now we can see the speed of the playing surface adapting to those of the other Slams. Wouldn't it be time to go back to the old way? Maria Sakkari, Stefanos Tsitsipas and their enemies: "They love us because we have a good image - said Sakkari - Obviously, we have many enemies, because in Greece there is a bad mentality.

Even if it is so in every country. They do nothing in their lives, because they are not successful, they do not want others to succeed. They stand in front of a computer and criticize us or say bad things." Tomorrow Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Ashleigh Barty and Simona Halep will all come back on the court for Wimbledon's best day, the Manic Monday.