It’s Wimbledon again, and the weather looks set for a hot fortnight, with temperatures soaring to 31 degrees C in the shade this afternoon. As a London personal trainer and tennis fanatic, I’m interested in both the physical conditioning of the players and their skills on court.
Andy, who has had a fantastic year beating Rafa in the Madrid Masters, then winning Queens, will make his first appearance on Day 2, playing Mikhail Kukishkin of Kazakhstan. Murray has resolved his back problems, he’s on good form, and looks a strong contender for the Wimbledon crown.
“I want to make the most of these last 5 or 6 years, it could be 2 or 3 years.”
After losing to Stan Wawrinka in the final of the French Open, Novak took a break from competitive play to re-charge his batteries and prepare for Wimbledon, his favourite grand slam. Today, on Day 1, he beat Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany’s number 1 and world rank 33) 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
Djokovic is irritated by press speculation that his coach Boris Becker is giving him secret coaching signals during matches.
The 8th seeded Spaniard has pulled out of Wimbledon with an elbow injury, depriving us of the spectacle of one of the most dogged and intense competitors in the game today. He is replaced by Luca Vanni of Italy, who will face Britain’s number 4 James Ward.
Sharapova beat Britain’s Johanna Konta in straight sets, showing her usual intensity.
British player Liam Broady beat Australian Marinko Matosevic, coming back from 2 sets down to win a gruelling 5 set match. Liam’s older sister Naomi Broady is battling it out against Colombian D Marino.
Japan’s number 1 battled with an injured calf to beat Italy’s Simone Bolelli in 5 sets. Nishikori downplayed the seriousness of his calf problems in his post-match interview.
Dominic Londesborough is a personal trainer in London and keen tennis player.