Wimbledon fun July 5: Gauff, Nadal, more


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Wimbledon fun July 5: Gauff, Nadal, more

Nearing the end of its first week, Wimbledon still offers plenty of on-court and off-score action. If you are not up-to-date with the little Friday anecdotes, accompany us as we stroll through some of today’s best moments.

You will read about a lot of peculiar things, from celebration dances to rain that the roof could not prevent. You most probably know that 15-year-old Cori Gauff is still powerfully dancing her way through the draw. By beating Paula Hercog 3-6, 7-6 (9-7), 7-5 -- and saving two match points -- the young American has written her name in The Championships’ history as the second youngest player to ever reach the tournament’s round of 16, after Steffi Graf in 1984 (the German was 98 days younger than Gauff).

When she concluded her match, the now World No. 139 in the live rankings received a shower of clapping and cheering from the crowd, both inside and outside the court, and also… a celebration dance from her very excited and happy mother.

There was another type of shower offered during the mixed-doubles match which opposed Artem Sitak and Laura Siegemund to Ken Skupski and Darija Jurak. During a pause between sets, one of the courts’ sprinklers unexpectedly turned on, sending a strong jet towards the former pair.

If the German noticed it quite immediately -- and dragged her bags toward the center of the court -- Sitak did not see what was coming before being clearly hit by the spurt on the back of the head. As if it were not enough, when the players sat down believing that the problem had been fixed, the sprinkler came alive once more.

Sitak/Siegemund ended up winning 3-6 6-3 6-4. No unexpected bad weather however troubled Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard, who won the anticipated match that opposed him to Nick Kyrgios on Thursday, was spotted sitting with his team in a picnic-fashion on one of the practice courts.