Wimbledon: Coco Gauff’s ‘wookie mistake’ and hot dogs on court 14

He’s definitely not a tennis player…
Event: All England Club Dates: June 27-July 10
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There have been mixed fortunes for the Brits at Wimbledon so far with some big names pulling out and others causing big upsets.

Most of the pre-Championship favorites have had a relatively comfortable ride to the third round, but aside from the headline results, there has been plenty you might have missed, both on and off the pitch.

BBC Sport rounds up an alternative look at some of the moments from the second round.

A ‘Wookie’ bug

After finishing runner-up at the French Open before Wimbledon, big things are expected from Coco Gauff at the All England Club this year.

The 18-year-old American is the youngest player in the singles draw and has made very few mistakes on the court on her way to the third round.

Other than that, however, there has been a bit of a miss for Gauff.

Asked to deliver a message to the legendary Sue Barker, who is presenting the BBC’s Wimbledon coverage for the last time this year, Gauff initially seemed a little confused, wondering why she was asked in a tennis interview about a character from the Star Wars movies. …

Has harmony been restored or not?

Few things are more entertaining than sports stars, or any famous person, airing their dirty laundry in public.

The morning after Harmony Tan beat the great Serena Williams in the most notable result of her career, she withdrew from women’s doubles with a thigh injury. leading to a backlash of his proposed partner Tamara Korpatsch.

It seemed the pair had patched things up when Korpatsch posted this Instagram message on Thursday morning…

Tamara Korpatsch

Then the saga took another turn. This message appeared in the 27-year-old German’s stories, but was later removed, shortly after Tan won her second-round singles match…

Hmm. Perhaps there was a hint of what triggered Korpatsch again in Tan’s post-match press conference.

Asked about how the quarrel was resolved, the French said: “He sent me a text message and apologized for this publication. I don’t like drama. I’m not like that”.

“So I didn’t answer.”

Hell hath no more fury than that of a tennis player who gets the blue mark.

When you know it’s not your day…

Britain’s Katie Boulter was in for a big upset when she beat former world number one Karolina Pliskova to reach the third round at Wimbledon for the first time in her career.

But maybe Pliskova knew it wasn’t going to be her day before she hit the court.

The 30-year-old Czech is no stranger to center court and had reached the final the year before, but got a bit confused when making her way to it on Thursday and headed in the opposite direction as she exited the gates. .

To be fair to her, the entry is new for this year…

never celebrate too early

You’re making your Grand Slam debut and you hit what you think is a brilliant winning point, of course you’re going to celebrate, right?

Well, if you do, always make sure your opponent definitely hasn’t.

Unfortunately, that was the case for Britain’s Alastair Gray on Thursday. The 24-year-old wild card thought he had saved a set point with an excellent angled volley and turned to punch his fist in the air, only for his opponent Taylor Fritz to dive in and pass the ball.

One thing is for sure, Gray definitely won’t be rushing to celebrate in the future.

running away from your problems

“Something like this happens once in a lifetime,” said Jiri Vesely. But the Czech player wasn’t about to stay and bask in the glory of his victory after a bizarre conclusion to their second-round match.

Had he done so, he would have discovered that his opponent Alejandro Davidovich Fokina had received a penalty point for taking a ball out of court.

Unfortunately for the Spaniard, he couldn’t have been more inconvenient in the fifth set tie-break.

“I don’t even know why he got the points penalty,” Vesely said. “I didn’t see what he had done. I was on the corner and just heard the announcement.

“I made a run for the net and got out before the referee changed his mind. For him, it must have been a pretty tough finish.”

Get your hotdogs here!

If you were hungry at Wimbledon on Thursday, Court 14 was the place to be because there were more hotdogs on display than in a kiosk in a football stadium.

However, these were the kind that would satisfy your hunger for entertainment rather than fill your belly, as Lorenzo Sonego and Hugo Gaston had the crowd cheering with a pair of superb trick shots.

Who did it better?

Manchester City fan Liam Broady credited Jack Grealish with some inspiration for his first-round win, suggesting that their having similar hairstyles may have had something to do with it.

He kept up the Grealish connection on Thursday, copying the England midfielder’s celebration as he emerged victorious from a five-set thriller with Diego Schwartzman to reach the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time.

“It was easy, wasn’t it?” she joked afterwards. “I fooled everyone in two sets to one and a break, but it’s an amazing feeling. I thought I’d walk off the court falling in the second round for the third time, but you guys were amazing today.”

If Broady manages to go on and win it all, he might even get through Grealish Title Parade Celebrations…external link

something in your eye

It’s not often that a defeated player gives an on-pitch interview, unless he’s the Australian Open prematurely withdraws Andy Murray – but it happened on Thursday when a player was really saying goodbye. And it was all quite charming.

In her last match as a singles player, Kirsten Flipkens, the 2013 Wimbledon semifinalist and 2003 junior winner, lost to 2019 champion Simona Halep, and the players shared a long, warm hug over the net as the Belgian’s eyes they were filled with tears.

Receiving the warmest of ovations on court two, Flipkens made a heart shape with his hands toward the crowd and bent down to kiss the turf.

After taking a deep breath to regain her composure, the 36-year-old told fans: “I am very happy and grateful to be able to say goodbye here, on this court, against this champion, with a crowd like you.”

A beautiful farewell…

A truly unique look.

Perhaps you saw how a frustrated tennis star broke his racket last year? well they May they have actually contributed to something quite unique.

While you can’t play with broken strings, you can, it seems, make an intriguing-looking desk out of them.

As part of Wimbledon’s commitment to protecting the environment, a niche idea has been to convert used racket strings collected in 2021 to produce desks for the ticket counters in the grounds.

Stylish, practical and good for the planet. What could not be loved?

A desk made from recycled tennis racket strings at Wimbledon
Wimbledon aims to reduce emissions from its operations to net zero by 2030

Like father Like Son

And how about a little cuteness to round things out…

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