Wimbledon probably smells like strawberries and cream, recently cut grass, and freshly returned dirt, but it’s hard to tell from afar. For those who didn’t have the chance to witness the action right on the spot, here is the Saturday 6 backstage look at The Championships.
Today, the ‘funometer’ proved quite busy. Before starting, sit down and have a quick, mind-blowing fact, exposed by The Tennis Podcast: Cori Gauff, who’s about to face former World No. 1 Simona Halep for a place in the quarterfinals, is younger than the 96% of players in the Wimbledon boys and girls competition.
Of the 128 people present in both draws, only five were born after the young American… With that being said, let’s jump to the humoristic news. During her press conference, Ashleigh Barty said, “The seaweed's always greener in someone else's lake."
As pointed out by Christopher Clarey, the Roland Garros champion was quoting lyrics from the Disney animated movie The Little Mermaid. Still, on Twitter, Courtney Nguyen highlighted the same fact, waving it with even more funny anecdotes, “The last WTA No.1 [Naomi Osaka] quoted Pokemon in her interviews.
The current WTA No.1 [Ashleigh Barty] is dropping Disney lines every other day. We got an 18yo BFF pair [Iga Swiatek and Kaja Juvan] who quotes Descartes and listen to Pink Floyd b-sides. And a 15yo [Cori Gauff] who’s all about the meme-life.
What a time to be alive, everyone!” Remaining on the ladies’ side of tennis, let’s look at the special guest that Serena Williams had during her post-match talk to journalists. The American star was intently watched by her daughter Alexis Olympia, who was among the first to hear her mother saying, about her doubles arrangements with fellow former No.
1 Andy Murray, "If you want to play doubles with me, I play forehand. That's the only rule I have." Doubles speaking… Everyone knows about Maria Sakkari’s reputed huge bun, and rumours have it her stock of power and awesomeness come from there...
Perhaps, the Greek needed an extra-dose of both today, because she and doubles partner Alja Tomljanovic stepped on the court sporting each a pair of buns. Even if they could not get past Anna Blinkova and Yafan Wang, the 23 and 26-year-old earned the nickname of “double bun doubles” team.
Jumping on the winner's side, let’s share Kei Nishikori’s joy. By reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon -- a feat that he hadn’t achieved since long in Majors -- the Japanese also signed his record 400 wins since the beginning of his career.
When a journalist congratulated him post-match, the World No. , who didn’t know about it all, answered, “Oh, really? I’m a bit flattered”.