COURT REPORT: Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina’s showboating almost costs him against No 7 seed Hubert Hurkacz, while Wimbledon faces cyber attack threat in retaliation to Russia ban
- Hubert Hurkacz took Alejandro Davidovich Fokina to a fifth-set tie-break
- 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 hackers could try to crack into the scoring system
SHOWBOATING SPANIARD STUNS HURKACZ
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina must be the most relieved man in Wimbledon. Leading 7-6, 6-4, 5-3 and serving at 40-0, the Spaniard attempted a tweener — a shot through his legs — against No 7 seed Hubert Hurkacz. It flew into the net.
Hurkacz fought back, taking the match to a fifth-set tie-break, but Davidovich Fokina didn’t showboat this time around and won, making Hurkacz the first big name to fall at SW19.
The Pole had pledged to donate €100 to the people of Ukraine for every ace he hit at Wimbledon. He managed 21 in defeat, so that’s €2,100 (£1,810) going to the war-torn country.
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina attempted a tweener against No 7 seed Hubert Hurkacz
FRANTIC FEDERICO OUT
A hectic 48 hours for Argentina’s Federico Coria. On Sunday, the world No 67 was on clay in Milan, winning the final of the Aspria Tennis Cup. On Monday, he was on the grass of Wimbledon, losing in straight sets to Jiri Vesely.
MEDVEDEV TEES OFF
Nothing was going to stop world No 1 Daniil Medvedev getting on grass during Wimbledon. The banned Russian posted a picture on Instagram on Monday of him playing golf with former Germany footballer Bastian Schweinsteiger. ‘Can’t leave grass,’ Medvedev cheekily captioned it.
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’, owing to his lack of effort at times. Paire started well but hit 13 double faults and 62 unforced errors. Yet another early exit.
France’s Benoit Paire has lost in the first round in six of his last seven Grand Slams
CYBER ATTACK FEARS
Security staff at SW19 are on high alert amid the threat of a cyber attack in retaliation to the ban on Russian and Belarusian players. There have been concerns hackers could attempt to crack into their scoring system, possibly even disrupting matches to embarrass the All England Club.
LIFE AFTER SUE STARTS NOW
BBC viewers learned what life will be like without Sue Barker as Isa Guha led Monday’s morning coverage. Barker is taking the afternoon shifts this year in a sign of her role being reduced ahead of her retirement. Meanwhile, the Beeb bizarrely missed the first five games of Novak Djokovic’s match against Kwon Soon-woo.
ONE SWEDE PAY-DAY
Mirjam Bjorklund was swept aside in just 54 minutes by No 3 seed Ons Jabeur, losing 6-1, 6-3. That was close to £1,000 a minute for the Swede’s troubles on Court 1. Nice work if you can get it. Jabeur doubtless enjoyed the easy ride, given she withdrew from the Eastbourne event last week with a knee injury.
Sue Barker (L) is taking afternoon shifts in a sign of her role being reduced ahead of retirement