This Wednesday was the stage for one more historic record in the golden books of Wimbledon: 15-year-old Cori “Coco” Gauff advanced to the third round with a pretty 6-3 6-3 against Magdalena Rybarikova. Yet, this is not the only stand-out fact of the day, and neither it is the most insolite.
Ready for another backstage peek at the Championships? This one racket stringing, peculiar serves, and of course, funny moments. It seems like the underarm serve is definitely coming back to the first row of trend in tennis.
In a match that opposed Benoit Paire and Leander Paes to Mikhail Kukushkin and Alexander Bublik, the latter took the opportunity to show his skills by using his racket as a spoon to propulse the ball on the other side of the net.
The result? Ace, game, and later match. All of it with quite the smooth attitude. Speaking of doing stuff smoothly, let’s talk about Novak Djokovic’s competition with Stefan Bojic. The World No. 1 and the Man of 100 Serves challenged each other at making a tennis ball bounce as many times as they managed it on a tube.
To the best of three rounds, the game was won in the end by Bojic, who probably left the first point to Djokovic so he wouldn’t feel that bad losing… Apart from this, there were some mixed-doubles comments and reactions over the day.
Of course, the powerful pair Andy Murray/Serena Williams stole a big deal of the attention -- Victoria Azarenka was quoted by WTA insider on Twitter as saying, “I mean, good luck to everybody else,” about the topic.
Nick Kyrgios and Carla Suarez Navarro were warming up together, and the news that they wouldn’t play the tournament together brought a considerable deception from some fans. Last, but not least, Serena Williams took the time to sign (a bunch) of autographs after her practice session; Nick Kyrgios was spotted by several people hanging out at the God & Fox (on the night previous to his clash with Rafael Nadal); Sloane Stephens expressed her outrage at a Mulan live action in which there would be no Mushu -- "How can you get rid of Mushu!??" -- and the WTA shared on Twitter a video of Roger Federer congratulating Cori Gauff -- the 15-year-old then turned toward the camera and asked with a laugh if the moment had been recorded.