I woke up early this morning excited to turn on Wimbledon and watch some live tennis. I quickly started hearing about all of the weird injuries and retirements of the day. Little did I know that the day to follow would quickly be one of the most epic days at Wimbledon and tennis history.
As Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” is playing in my head, let’s re-cap what actually happened today at the All England Club.
My paperwork has finally been processed at the UK Consulate and my visa has been approved. They tell me my passport along with my visa should be returned to me in the next 48 hours. So, finally I have some good news to report. Unfortunately, due to the delay I’ve missed the first two tournaments in Herzliya, Israel, but thankfully I’ll be able to make the third and final tournament which starts with qualifying on the 14th of June. From Israel, it’s on to England for the month of July and three Futures on grass in Manchester, Felixstowe and Ilkley. Growing up in Zimbabwe we had a grass court at home, so I’m really looking forward to getting back onto the surface I was raised on.
The Friday Doubles League kicked off last Friday with a close battle between Team Johnson & O’Leary (Andy and Spencer) and Team Blonde (Brittany and Michelle). After a number of deuce games that went back and forth to start the match, Andy and Spencer were able to nudge their noses into the lead and stay there, hanging on for an 8-5 victory.
In the second match, Team Air Cooled (Chris and Granville) came out on fire against Team Leftovers (Troy and Mark). They never took their foot of the gas pedal and cruised to a 8-0 victory.
“We came out strong and just kept getting stronger,” Chris said. “We wanted to send a message to the rest of the league,” Granville added.
Week 1 Results:
Team Johnson & O’Leary def. Team Blonde…8-5
Team Air Cooled def. Team Leftovers…8-0
Week 2 Schedule (both matches scheduled for Friday):
Team Johnson & O’Leary vs. Team Leftovers
Team Blonde vs. Team Air Cooled
Q: Both of you have playtested for a while here at TW…what are currently a couple of your go-to racquet/string setups?
Chris: “I’d have to say the Volkl C10 Pro, Babolat Pure Drive Roddick and Volkl Organix 7 295 are my favorite racquets right now. My favorite string is still Volkl Cyclone, but I also really enjoyed our recent Kirschbaum Super Smash Spiky playtest.”
Gran: “Today was my first match with my old Six.One since my shoulder surgery, and it felt great. I strung it up with Babolat XCel 16g at 52 pounds. The ultimate though is the Pro Staff 6.0 Classic strung up with natural gut, the way I used to do it back in the day.”
Q: If you could sit down and have a meal with one current pro tennis player, who would it be and why?
Chris: “I’d have to say Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. I interviewed him in Indian Wells and he seemed like a really nice guy, so I think it would be a fun dinner.”
Gran: “Julia Goerges, for obvious reasons…”
Q: Picks for the French Open coming up?
Stay tuned for this week’s results and more interviews! Thanks for reading.