- Virginia Wade, who took the women's singles title in 1977, could barely contain her delight as British number one Robson beat 10th seed Maria Kirilenko 6-3 6-4 in stunning style.Wade insisted she didn't want to pressurise the young 19-year old - an Olympic mixed doubles silver medallist with Andy Murray last summer - but then did just that by tipping her to do more 'damage' in the days ahead.But Robson, who facesRead More »from Robson laughs off Virginia Wade hype
- Eurosport | Tramlines – Tue, Jun 25, 2013 19:36 BST
Sharapova, 26, has taken the first steps to becoming her own brand by launching a range of sweets called Sugarpova that includes a variety of sugary and sour confectionery in shapes ranging from tennis balls to lips.
The sweets went on sale at London's Selfridges department store as the 2013 Wimbledon tennis championships got under way at the All England Club where Sharapova beat France's Kristina Mladenovic on Monday.
The National Obesity Forum accused Sharapova, the world's top paidRead More »from Sharapova’s ‘Sugarpova’ sweets range causes controversy
John Tomic faces a court case for allegedly assaulting his son's former practice partner, Frenchman Thomas Drouet, last month in Madrid. He has been suspended from attending ATP events pending the outcome of the case.
After battling through a five-set marathon to defeat his first round opponent, American 21st seed Sam Querrey, Bernard Tomic said he desperately wanted to have his father courtside.
"All of a sudden not to have someone there who's been there for you your wholeRead More »from Let my dad into Wimbledon, Bernard Tomic pleads
Critics have blamed corporate and media tickets for the empty seats on Wimbledon's Centre Centre Court on Monday.
BBC presenter Gary Lineker said on Twitter: "Lots of empty seats on centre court. Corporate lethargy no doubt. What a waste of tickets so many could give their right arm for #wimbledon."
A spokesman for the All England Club pointed out that people leave their seats to get refreshments due to being in all-day seats.
The criticism follows the problems at London 2012 last summer when organisers were berated for distributing tickets to sponsors and media prompting empty seats atRead More »from Critics slam empty seats at Wimbledon
- Eurosport | Tramlines – Tue, Jun 25, 2013 13:19 BST
Men's Grand Slam matches are brutal best-of-five affairs, tests not just of skill but endurance and mental fortitude. And at least one tennis legend is suggesting that they've outlived their usefulness.
Martina Navratilova, who's won 18 Grand Slam singles titles of her own, said that men's matches could switch to best-of-three sets in the future in order to prevent injury.
"It's really becoming so taxing that I believe one day we will have two out of three sets in the Grand Slams, otherwise they're going to be taking people out on stretchers," Navratilova said.
Her comments came in anRead More »from Navratilova: Why men’s matches should be best-of-three sets
- Eurosport | Tramlines – Tue, Jun 25, 2013 04:15 BST
Was he fit enough to take to Centre Court in his Wimbledon opener? Should he have warmed up for the All England Club at another grass tournament? Why didn't he? Whose decision was it to jump straight into action in SW19 following the conclusion of the clay-court season? What are the implications of this latest set-back for his future on grass?
Twice champion Rafael Nadal's stunning straight-set defeat to unheralded Steve Darcis on the first day of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships raised as many questions in the immediate aftermath of the match as it did eyebrows during it.
At the same time,Read More »from Where does latest crushing defeat leave Rafael Nadal?
- Eurosport | Tramlines – Tue, Jun 25, 2013 00:07 BST
As Wimbledon gets under way, former US tennis champion Billie Jean King is telling the tale of how she struck one of the most famous blows for female equality in a new documentary film.
"The Battle of the Sexes" recounts King's journey from an amateur player to a feminist sports idol whose 1973 defeat of self-confessed "chauvinist pig" Bobby Riggs set women's rights and tennis on the road to a modern game where Serena Williams can enjoy equal status and prize money with Novak Djokovic.
At the film's premiere in the Scottish capital this weekend, the 69-year old six-times Wimbledon championRead More »from Billie Jean King film replays tennis battle for women’s equality
In terms of career prize money, Rafa Nadal and Steve Darcis are $54 million apart but it was the Belgian who had the bigger smile after beating the former champion at Wimbledon.
The archetypal journeyman player, who has battled through a series of injuries in a long and not especially fruitful career, Darcis could not have looked happier as he reflected on the shock upset he had produced on Wimbledon's opening day.
"I think a lot of people will talk about this match in a few years, and also me I think," the 29-year-old Darcis beamed after his 7-6(4) 7-6(8) 6-4 triumph. "It was a great, greatRead More »from Nadal bitten by a journeyman ‘Shark’
- Eurosport | Tramlines – Mon, Jun 24, 2013 20:42 BST
Rafael Nadal's straight sets defeat to world number 135 Steve Darcis set tongues wagging around South West London.
The Spanish former Wimbledon champion, who won a record eighth French Open only a few weeks ago, was ousted in straight sets by the unheralded Belgian, who is only his country's fourth-best player.
It was not the first Wimby shock and won't be the last - here are six of the biggest, and as you can see Nadal has been on the receiving end before...
2002 - Swiss journeyman George Bastl beats Pete Sampras.
Sampras, with seven Wimbledon trophies in his possession, endured one of theRead More »from Six of the best: Darcis defeat not Nadal’s first Wimbledon upset
- Eurosport | Tramlines – Sun, Jun 23, 2013 13:59 BST
After Andy Murray’s epic US Open triumph last September, Tramlines brought you news of the Scot’s bar bill at trendy Chinese restaurant Hakkasan.
Although his entourage sank a few well-earned drinks, we couldn't help but marvel at Murray’s restraint.
Having achieved a life-long ambition and pocketed a $1.9 million winner's cheque, he chose to celebrate with a single lemon soda, price $6.
Little did we realise that, as we wrote, the Briton was quaffing champagne in first class on the flight home from New York.
In fact, the 26-year-old got so tipsy that he accidentally brushed his teeth withRead More »from Andy Murray ‘got so drunk he brushed his teeth with face cream’
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