Day 1 is finally here following a full day in the queue at #350 from 5:30am on Sunday. Monday starts at 4:30 am in light rain but clears to sunshine, which promises good tennis. We elect Court 1 tickets for Rafa and scramble to Court 3 for the early match between Kyrgios and Herbert. PH takes the first two sets and I’m told Nick has a hip injury. The trainer comes out and Kyrgios retires. Too bad but nice for Herbert who’s had better success in doubles to date.
Phil and I move to court 7 which is at a set apiece between Dennis Shapovalov and former semifinalist Janowicz. Dennis makes some amazing shots but loses in a 4th set tiebreaker.
Next up for me on Court 1 is Venus at 4-3 in the 2nd. She gets to match point at 4-5 but brought back to deuce; then rain briefly suspends play. Venus wins quickly upon return.
Next up on 1 is Rafa vs Millman and Rafa plays superbly and wins 6-1, 6-3, 6-2. A joy to watch and a privilege to be here. GO RAFA!!
Konta then beats Hsieh 6-2, 6-2 to the immense approval of the British fans. It also allows a fourth match: Azarenka vs Bellis. Bellis has the distinction of being a player who serves faster than her weight. Cici plays like a fiend to take the first 6-3 but Vikka storms back 6-2, 6-1 at 8:59pm. Meanwhile we see Wawrinka goes out in 4 to Medvedev. Also Bedene takes out Karlovic 6-7, 7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 8-6.
What a lovely full day it has been.