Wimbledon: Alejandro Davidovich Fokina’s showboating almost costs him against No 7 seed Hurkacz
COURT REPORT: Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina’s showboating nearly costs him against number 7 Hubert Hurkacz as Wimbledon faces cyberattack in retaliation for Russian ban
- Hubert Hurkacz brought Alejandro Davidovich Fokina to a tiebreak in the fifth set
- Federico Coria lost to Jiri Vesely after winning the Aspria Tennis Cup on Sunday
- World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev played golf amid the ban on Russian players at SW19
- There have been concerns that hackers could try to break into the scoring system
SHOWBOATING SPAIN SURPRISES HURKACZ
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina has to be Wimbledon’s most relieved man. 7-6, 6-4, 5-3 and serving at 40-0, the Spaniard tried a tweener – a shot through his legs – against Hubert Hurkacz with number 7 seed. It flew into the net.
Hurkacz fought back and took the match to a tiebreak in the fifth set, but Davidovich Fokina didn’t show this time and won, making Hurkacz the first big name to fall in SW19.
The Pole had promised to donate €100 to the people of Ukraine for every ace he hit at Wimbledon. He managed to beat 21, so that’s €2,100 (£1,810) going to the war-torn country.
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina tried a tweener against No 7 seed Hubert Hurkacz
FRANTIC FEDERICO OFF
A hectic 48 hours for Federico Coria from Argentina. On Sunday, the world’s number 67 was on clay in Milan and won the final of the Aspria Tennis Cup. On Monday he stood on the grass at Wimbledon and lost in straight sets to Jiri Vesely.
MEDVEDEV T-SHIRTS OFF
Nothing would stop the world’s No. 1 Daniil Medvedev from hitting the grass at Wimbledon. The suspended Russian posted a photo on Instagram on Monday in which he plays golf with former German footballer Bastian Schweinsteiger. “Can’t leave grass behind,” Medvedev added boldly.
PAIRE’S TANK EMPTY AGAIN
Benoit Paire has lost in the first round in six of his last seven Grand Slams, with Quentin Halys beating him 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 on Monday. Some have called him “Benoit, the Tank Engine,” because of his lack of effort at times. Paire started well but committed 13 double errors and 62 unforced errors. Another early exit.
France’s Benoit Paire has lost in the first round in six of his last seven Grand Slam appearances
CYBER ATTACK FEAR
SW19 security personnel are on high alert due to the threat of a cyber attack in retaliation for the ban on Russian and Belarusian players. There were concerns that hackers could try to get into their scoring system, possibly even disrupting matches to embarrass the All England Club.
LIFE AFTER CONTINUED START NOW
BBC viewers learned what life will be like without Sue Barker, while Isa Guha led Monday morning’s coverage. Barker will take over the afternoon shifts this year to indicate that her role will be phased out before retirement. Meanwhile, the Beeb bizarrely missed the first five games of Novak Djokovic’s match against Kwon Soon-woo.
A SWEDEN PAYMENT DAY
Mirjam Bjorklund was swept aside in just 54 minutes by Ons Jabeur, number 3, 6-1, 6-3. That was almost £1,000 a minute for the Swede’s troubles at Court 1. Nice job if you can get it. Jabeur no doubt enjoyed the easy ride as she withdrew from the Eastbourne event last week with a knee injury.
Sue Barker (L) is taking afternoon shifts as a sign of her role being cut before she retires