Associated Press
July 1, 2014

WIMBLEDON WATCH: A ‘hearty’ apology


LONDON (AP) — The Bryan brothers’ third-round victory in straight sets against Juan-Sebastian Cabal and Marcin Matkowski came with a bit of comedy in the friendly confines of Court 12.

After firing what he thought was a backhand cross-court winner, Bob Bryan let out a groan followed by “Come on, man!” in protest at the call. When the umpire confirmed the shot was out, Bryan provided a jocular apology.

“I had a bad angle, I saw it with my heart,” he said, which was followed by laughter from the crowd.

The Bryans went on to win 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)

— By Charlie Magovern —



Judy Murray is not only cheering for her son Andy at Wimbledon. She is also having a key role in planning the future of British tennis.

Murray’s mother, the captain of the British Fed Cup team, has launched a plan called “Miss-Hits” aimed at encouraging more girls to get into tennis.

It targets girls aged 5 to 8 and will be introduced next autumn in four British cities including London.

“If girls are going to get involved in tennis and stay in tennis, we need them to have really positive first experiences of the sport and Miss-Hits does just that,” Murray said. “It’s girly and friendly, and at the same time it’s cool and trendy. It will appeal to a lot of girls out there who love playing active games and learning new skills, and I can’t wait to get started.”

— By Samuel Petrequin —

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