Wimbledon fun July 4: Nadal, Kyrgios, Barty, more


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Wimbledon fun July 4: Nadal, Kyrgios, Barty, more

For those who could not watch the action directly in Wimbledon, or those who did not hang to the Twitter feed all day, here is a quick recap of the most memorable off-score moments at The Championships. Be ready to crack a smile (or several).

Walking (or rather running) legend Rafael Nadal apparently could have been a sports star in an alternative life as well. Jose Mourinho made an appearance in one of Wimbledon’s Twitter videos, in which he talked about the Spaniard and his talent for football.

"I think he (Nadal) could also have been a fantastic football player,” said the Manchester United manager. However, he added that thankfully that did not happen, as it would have deprived tennis of one of its greatest talents.

Speaking about Nadal, today happened a much-anticipated clash between the Spaniard and Australian Nick Kyrgios. The whole tennis world is conscious of the tension between both men -- mostly due to the Aussie’s unfamous spicy comments and peculiar attitude -- and the level of the game raised huge expectations among the public.

However, one of the few who didn’t seem too much interested in the outcome of the battle -- which concluded in four sets in favour of the World No. 2 -- was Ashleigh Barty. "Ah, I think I'll be watching the cricket this afternoon," the WTA No.

1 answered when had asked her about her interest relative to the topic. According to many spectators, the main ladies’ favourite might have missed a lot if she kept to her plans. “Underarm serves, shouting battles with the umpire, arguments with his box, great serving, drop shots, great volleys,” Tumaini Carayol wrote on Twitter, listing Kyrgios’ on-court doings today.

“Everything”. Now talking doubles, there was some sneaky technique used during the match which opposed Petra Martic and Alize Cornet to Veronika Kudermetova and Jelena Ostapenko. The Latvian was opening the point, but instead of aiming for the correct serving box, she served on Cornet… who was facing her at the net? As the French used her racket to protect herself from the hit, the ball did not bounce on the court before, thus the point went to Kudermetova/Ostapenko.