At the end of the first week of Wimbledon, the big four: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray stormed into the last-16. In the women's draw, Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep, Venus Williams and Garbine Muguruza all made it through to Week 2. Let's take a close look at some of the off-court highlights from Day 6 of Wimbledon 2017.
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Steaks are high
Muguruza set the smoke alarms wailing for a good 20 minutes at her rented house after burning some steaks — and feared the fire brigade would turn up to tell her off.
"I love red meat," she said. "I did a lot of steaks. It was so much smoke," she said. "I felt scared. I'm like, 'Are they going to come just because of steak?'"
Murray looks a mess
Everyone with a royal box invite dons their smartest threads but when you're defending champion Murray, there's no need to make the effort.
Murray looked comically out of place in a white track suit with his hair still wet.
He was between practice sessions but was joining fellow British Olympic gold medallists like cyclist couple Jason and Laura Kenny, boxer Nicola Adams and swimmer Adam Peaty for lunch.
Andre Agassi was seen struggling with a different kind of heat.
Watching from Djokovic's sun-drenched box on centre court, the former champion was seen smearing white sunscreen all over his bald head, before later taking refuge under a towel.
Keep Sunday special
Grigor Dimitrov longs for a bit of peace and quiet on a Sunday, calling it his favourite day of the tournament.
"Tomorrow is going to be the best day, that Sunday just when everything is so calm. It's just us, the players. All you can hear is the hitting of the ball. You can just hear how the ball sits on the strings. It's a pretty special feeling. It puts a huge smile on my face," he said.
Winning 11-9 in the fifth set to get through his doubles match took some superhuman effort — perhaps explaining why Poland's doubles machine Lukasz Kubot was introduced to the press as Lukasz Robot.
What are the odds on that?
Going into week two, Roger Federer is the bookmakers' favourite to win the men's title, while Britain's Johanna Konta is the women's 5/1 favourite.
Quotes of the day
"My knee felt really tight and I knew it was either dislocated or broken. I freaked out. It's the most painful injury I have ever had." — Bethanie Mattek-Sands, speaking from hospital, reveals she ruptured the patella in her right knee in Thursday's sickening accident.
One and done...
After play was suspended last night, Sam Querrey breaks Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the first attempt to win 7-5 in the 5th set pic.twitter.com/lTECYX2u3p
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"I'm frustrated because I lost and I stayed two minutes on court."
— Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on returning Saturday to finish his match with Sam Querrey and losing after barely breaking sweat.
"When you throw the ball up, I wish you had to hit it. Some guys catch the ball toss 10 times during a match. That can irk me."
— Querrey on what rule he would change in tennis.
"I would think so. I would think I'm a great baby-sitter. I'm not sure she agrees."
— Caroline Wozniacki on whether the pregnant Serena Williams will make her an honorary aunt.
"At that point it's nothing really special. You just see the green wall because it's the back of the court."
— Tomas Berdych on the magic of stepping out on Centre Court.
Stats of the day
683 — Victoria Azarenka's ranking, the lowest of any player reaching the second week. The former World No 1, returning after her first baby, is playing on a protected ranking.
11 — On-court retirements so far this year: nine of them in the men's draw.
1 — Number of games played between Querrey and Tsonga to conclude their match suspended Friday due to darkness.
With inputs from AFP
Published Date: Jul 09, 2017 18:12 PM | Updated Date: Jul 09, 2017 18:12 PM