day 1

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.

on the jam

when you are jammed up– you need to create the space to hit– pull the lead leg slightly in but away — also it is often tough to get the rotation so yank up

runners start

one of the balance choices on the return is to have one foot in front of the other– a runners start

follow the ball

in doubles you need to follow the ball — all top players look back especially if your partner is in the back court