30 Jul 2012

Day 3: Olympic diary


Photo: Eisele/Giubilo/ZimmerFeliciano López (ESP)

Marathon man

One thing is for sure after Day 3 of the Olympic Tennis Event, Feliciano Lopez will sleep well tonight!

The Spanish left-hander has played three matches so far at London 2012, and all three have gone the distance. In total, he has contested nine sets and spent a cumulative 7 hours 15 minutes on court.

Lopez opened his doubles account with partner David Ferrer on Saturday against No. 4 seeds Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski, winning 76(7) 67(6) 86.

He then had a rest day on Sunday (part-timer!), but was back in action today in the singles first round and doubles second round.

Lopez came from a set down in the singles to beat Dmitry Tursunov 67(5) 62 97, and then went back on court with Ferrer in the doubles to beat Jurgen Melzer and Alexander Peya 63 36 119.

And if Lopez was hoping for a rest on Tuesday he can think again, the world No. 30 is scheduled to play on Court 18 against Juan Monaco in the singles second round!

Move over Sir Tim

After the inventor of the world wide web made an appearance in the London 2012 opening ceremony, now the man behind Microsoft has a walk-on (or sit down?) part at the Olympic Tennis Event.

Bill Gates was in the Royal Box watching the action on Centre Court today, keen perhaps to share some of the spotlight shone on web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee in the Olympic Stadium last Friday. Or maybe he simply wanted to watch Roger Federer dismantle Julien Benneteau in two easy sets.

It wasn’t the first time keen tennis player Gates has been spotted in SW19 recently, as last Friday he was hitting on the practice courts at nearby Aorangi Park. Gates has watched the tennis at the last three Olympic Games.

That man again

Back at Wimbledon for a second successive day was Aussie golfer Greg Norman, who clearly enjoyed yesterday so much he came back for more. After Rory McIlroy and Norman, which golfer will appear next to savour the Olympic atmosphere at Wimbledon? Perhaps they’re taking notes ahead of golf becoming an Olympic sport at Rio 2016.

Seeing red… and white

Fans at Wimbledon are used to seeing players dressed in the same colour, but it’s usually white!

However, today’s doubles match on Court 1 featuring Japan's Kei Nishikori and Go Soeda versus Switzerland's Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka showcased four men who all turned up in red tops and white shorts. Three of them even had red shoes on, and Nishikori and Federer had matching red bandanas.

While it’s not the same as turning up at a party in the same outfit as someone else, it was probably rather confusing for all concerned. And with many countries sharing the same national colours, as Japan and Switzerland do, maybe the tennis equivalent of an ‘away kit’ should be considered for future Olympics?

Thank goodness for Soeda’s white cap, which meant people sitting in the seats at the top could still work out which team to cheer for!