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Wimbledon moved back one week from 2015

Wimbledon will be held back one week from 2015 to aid grass-court season preparations

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22:03 GMT, 19 July 2012

After a century of tradition the Wimbledon fortnight is moving back a week to allow players more time to switch from the clay of the French Open at Roland Garros to the grass of the All England Club.

Instead of the usual fortnight between the two events a three-week gap will be opened between them from 2015.

As revealed in Sportsmail before this year’s Championships, the All England Club had stepped up their campaign to move their big fortnight back one week and on Thursday they announced agreement has been secured.

Not quite: Andy Murray in the Wimbledon 2012 final

Not quite: Andy Murray in the Wimbledon 2012 final

So in three years Wimbledon will not
begin until June 29 and will end on July 12. It is unquestionably a
sensible move in a calendar of more than 10 months to allow greater
transition time between the sport’s two most differing surfaces.

There were, of course, other
considerations, one of which is a desire not to clash so much with the
major football championships that occur every other year. The All
England would ideally liked to have made the move in 2014 to avoid a
clash with the Brazil World Cup, but the knock-on effect for other
tournaments is sufficient for more time to be needed to re-arrange the
schedule.

Among the events that might be
affected, hopefully in a positive fashion, are the AEGON Championships
at Queen’s Club, which currently take place immediately after the French
Open, clashing with the ATP event in Halle, Germany.

They may now avoid such a conflict,
allowing more top players to be available. This year, for example, Novak
Djokovic did not play any official event on grass prior to Wimbledon
after his lengthy stay in Paris.

Wimbledon 2012 Juan Del Potro looks menacing once more, blowing Kei Nishikori away

Del Potro looks menacing once more, blowing Nishikori away with powerful display

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19:01 GMT, 30 June 2012

The lurking threat of Juan Martin Del Potro in the bottom half of the draw gained emphasis as the former US Open champion equalled his best run at Wimbledon.

The 23-year-old Argentine is the only man to have broken the domination of the ‘Big Three’, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, in the last 29 Grand Slams, storming past Nadal and Federer to win in impressive style at Flushing Meadow in 2009.

Injury problems saw Del Potro slump outside the world top 250. After recovering from surgery on his right wrist in May 2010, he has been hampered by a left knee injury, which forced him to pull out of the Aegon Championship at Queen’s and prevented any competitive grass court preparation in the build-up to this Wimbledon.

Packing a punch: Del Potro showed his power against Nishikori

Packing a punch: Del Potro showed his power against Nishikori

While none of his 11 tournament wins have come on grass, the 6ft 6in left-hander, back up to No 9 in the world, has come through the first three rounds relatively unscathed.

Although not the most agile and unsure at the net, Del Potro’s big serve and powerful groundstrokes were too much for No 19 seed Kei Nishikori, of Japan, who lost 6-3, 7-6, 6-1 on a wind-blown Court No 1.

Del Potro said: ‘This is the best I have played so far. I played really aggressively, tried to hit the ball really hard and took all my break-points.

‘That was important for me to take control of the match and relax. The conditions were horrible but I had to keep telling myself it was the same for both players. You have to play tough.’

A harsh lesson: Nishikori

A harsh lesson: Nishikori

Brought up on the clay and hard courts of Argentina, Del Potro admits adapting to grass is not easy for him. But he is learning. ‘I still prefer hard courts and grass is difficult for all players from Argentina,’ he added. But I’m practising hard and getting more used to it. The more I win on grass the better it is for me.’

His knee injury is also improving. ‘It’s almost perfect,’ he said. ‘I’m getting better every day.’

As for his chances of emulating his US Open triumph Del Potro, remains downbeat. ‘I don’t think about how many rounds I can win,’ he said. ‘I’m having a good tournament and I’ll be ready for my next round. That’s it.’

Nishikori, who lost to Del Potro for a third straight match, said: ‘I couldn’t get him off balance because his groundstrokes were so good.’

Del Potro will play David Ferrer in the fourth round after the Spaniard beat Andy Roddick.

David Nalbandian has gone chaps, so you can put away the shinpads

Nalbandian's gone chaps, so you can put away the shinpads

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22:13 GMT, 25 June 2012

Frustration: Nalbandian had a poor afternoon on Court No 1

Frustration: Nalbandian had a poor afternoon on Court No 1

The line judges of Wimbledon can sleep easier in their seats and on their feet this coming fortnight now that David Nalbandian has left the premises.

That goes for the ballboys and girls who, perhaps nervous of being caught up in some Argy-bargy, fluffed their own lines during the second-set tiebreak on Monday when sending the balls to the wrong end.

You could understand a certain tension on Court No 1 as the Argentine returned to competitive action for the first time since being defaulted in the Aegon Championships final for injuring an innocent official in an angry outburst. Nalbandian drew blood from Andrew McDougall’s leg after booting to destruction a wooden advertisement box.

After his defeat by No 8 seed Janko Tipsarevic, Nalbandian confirmed that he had been interviewed by police about the incident. ‘I don’t know what they’re going to do,’ he said. ‘I just do my declaration (make a statement) and that’s it. That’s it.’

Nalbandian’s reputation as a bit of a bad lad preceded him even before his behaviour at the kicking fields of Queen’s Club. As recently as the Australian Open this year he incurred a fine for allegedly throwing water over a doping official, and there have been other instances of him giving people grief on the tennis circuit.

He even has a previous conviction, as it were, from Wimbledon. As a teenager, he was disqualified at Junior Wimbledon in 1999 when arriving late for a match.

Argy-bargy: The Argentinian has been contacted by police over his actions at Queens

Argy-bargy: The Argentinian was contacted by police over his actions at Queen's

It was against this background that his appearance on court on Monday attracted considerable interest, not least for the reaction of a crowd, some of whom may have been denied a proper final in Britain’s other main grass-court event of the summer.

Would he receive the kind of hissing-and-booing welcome reserved for pantomime villains like Abanazar, Captain Hook and Mario Balotelli Of course not. A typical Wimbledon crowd is quick to applaud, easy to please, hard to upset and slow to anger – unlike Nalbandian himself. They forgive previous trespasses and would rather laugh uproariously at a ball sticking in the net than show their disapproval of anything. They are just happy to be here and delighted there is no rain.

Those who expected the nine line judges – eight men and one woman (but no McDougall, who was on another court) – to be dressed like baseball catchers with masked helmets and body padding would have been disappointed. They paraded to their positions in blue blazers, collar and tie and white trousers which at least afforded the possibility of concealing shin guards, maybe even pistols.

Through: Tipsarevic celebrates his win

Through: Tipsarevic celebrates his win

Line judges at the All England Club, by the way, behave like a formation dance team. They sit in unison, clasping their hands on their laps, stand at the same time with hands switched behind their backs, assume as one the hands-on-knees position of readiness for play and even remove their jackets together. This is a well-drilled regiment in all but name.

If Nalbandian had fancied hoofing another advertisement he would have struggled. Wimbledon don’t do overt advertising on court. Three little letters on the speed-of- serve indicator, the name of a watch manufacturer on the scoreboard and clock, a barley water manufacturer on the umpire’s chair and a discreetly spread famous tennis racket name and that’s the Mad Men’s lot.

In the circumstances, one would have expected Nalbandian to be on his best behaviour. But the former Wimbledon finalist – he took only six games off Lleyton Hewitt in 2002 – does not do best behaviour.

Time to relax: McDougall officiates on Monday

Time to relax: McDougall officiates on Monday

He really could not resist getting involved in an argument with umpire Pascal Maria following, what else, a disputed line call. The line judge had called a baseline approach by Nalbandian ‘good’ only for the umpire to overrule. Nalbandian challenged successfully but had to settle for a replayed point at a crucial stage in the second set.

He exhibited all the signs of simmering paranoia. Did he feel the officials were against him ‘I don’t know,’ he replied in his faltering English. ‘They never do mistakes in 15‑all. All mistakes are in the deuce, the break points, very important moments.

‘Now technology helps everybody when it’s a very tight call. Umpires have to be very sure (when overruling), 100 per cent. If they not, let the players do a challenge. I don’t know why the rush to call at an important moment.’
He had a good case, not that there was much in the way of sympathy abroad.

It seemed more a case of good riddance after his defeat. Line judges stand at ease. Remove shinpads.

Caroline Wozniacki hoping for the perfect anniversary present with an upturn in fortunes at Wimbledon

Wozniacki hoping for the perfect anniversary present with an upturn in fortunes at Wimbledon

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15:18 GMT, 23 June 2012

Sport's most high-profile celebrity couple will celebrate their first anniversary together during Wimbledon.

But it’s not so much love match between Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy that will set tongues wagging this week as the duo’s current slump in form.

Wozniacki is a former world No 1 who has seen her world ranking slip to seventh while the Northern Irishman has failed to make the cut in four out of his last five tournaments, including last week at the US Open.

On the slide: former world No 1 Wozniacki has been seeded seventh for Wimbledon

On the slide: former world No 1 Wozniacki has been seeded seventh for Wimbledon

McIlroy himself dubbed the pair 'Wozzilroy'. But it’s been more of a case of 'Wozziswrong' after they hooked up at Easbourne this week.

No sooner had the Ulsterman exited the tournament at the Olympic Club when he jumped upon a plane to see his other half at the Aegon International.

And, even though football fan Wozniacki was nursing a sense of grievance at Denmark’s exit at Euro 2012, it seemed little else was wrong in her world. Or her fella’s.

They became an item after meeting at the Wladimir Klitschko fight against David Haye in July last year. But the current dip in form in their respective sports has led to suggestions that either one, or both, are losing focus.

'If you take the last 20 events when we started going out,' she said, 'Rory was in the top five in 15 of them and get to number one in the world.

'He didn’t enjoy the US Open. But when you have achieved so much at such a young age like he has, maybe everything has come so easily.

'I think it’s part of the learning curve in sport. I have found it myself. You realise sometimes, “I’m going to win this”, so you take a bit of time off.

'Sometimes, losses work for me. I want to get back. I need reminding that I need that blood on my teeth again – that hunger.

'I don’t think anything ever happens to you that you cannot take some good from.

'And unless you are Tiger Woods, you aren’t going to be No 1 in the world in your sport for 20 years. There are very few instances of that happening.

'People forget that Rory is only 23 years old as well. Most of the guys he is playing against are a lot older and have a lot more experience than him.

'I’m not worried about him. He will continue to do great.'

Courting: McIlroy and Wozniacki share a moment at Eastbourne

Courting: McIlroy and Wozniacki share a moment at Eastbourne

Wozniacki, 21, was clearly happy that McIlroy had made the effort to see her on the south coast last week.

'He’s out practising,' came the none-too-unexpected reply as to his whereabouts when the interview was being conducted.

And there was not a hint of frustration in the Dane’s voice when she was quizzed as to whether the pair have talked about their own recent form.

'If we need to talk, we can,' she said, 'but I don’t think there are big things for us to talk about.

'Of course, you can learn things from each other. For a start, both are individual sports.

'And you can see the parallels at times. For instance, when you are number seven or number one, you are near the top of these sports.

'But it’s the mentality where you can probably talk about the similarities.'

Wozniacki was matter-of-fact in her reply to her own current on-court issues. With a long-distance relationship to maintain and a healthy interests in other sports, there is little danger of an over-reaction to any of tennis’s mishaps.

'It’s been very important for me to enjoy my life off court,' she added, 'tennis is very important to me. I’m 100 per cent focused when I’m on court and practising. But it cannot be your whole life.

'You see some of the girls and if they are injured, it’s over. For me, I re-charge my whole batteries better off the court. If I can relax off the court, you can refresh your mind. I can go and play mini-golf and be fresh when I play.

'I don’t want to play for too long. I don’t want to keep playing forever. I would like to play for a couple of years. I want a normal career, give it my all then that that will be that. It’s not easy to travel all the time and to have to be 100 per cent all the time on the court. If you don’t get a good result everyone else says: “Oh no, this is a disaster”. I’m saying: “Relax, it’s not a disaster. I lost a tennis match”.’

Crashing out: Wozniacki lost at Eastbourne at the hands of Heather McHale

Crashing out: Wozniacki lost at Eastbourne at the hands of Heather McHale

One of her big interests is football. She is a big Liverpool supporter and well able to converse with some authority about the goings-on at Anfield. And at Swansea City, too where former Denmark golden boy Michael Laudrup has just taken over from Brendan Rodgers.

'It’s interesting,' she said about the new Reds boss, 'I don’t know much about him but he did a good job as the coach of Swansea, right I hear he has that Mourinho mentality. It’s going to be an interesting match-up. I think he can do some good things for Liverpool and the players.

'Of course, it’s interesting to see Laudrup at Swansea. He was an incredible player. He knows the game so well. But he needs a team where he will be able to play and not just kick it up the field. He likes the Barcelona style. I think Swansea will suit him.'

And with that, she smiles politely. There are mutual ‘Thank yous’ and she departs.

'I am going to play mini-golf you know,' she says by way of confirmation before leaving.

No prizes for guessing who with.

Video: Watch Wozniacki et al getting ready for events at SW19 and at the WTA's pre-Wimbledon party

Laura Robson and Heather Watson knocked out at Eastbourne

Robson and Watson show plenty of promise but crash out at Eastbourne

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21:30 GMT, 20 June 2012

First the good news: for long periods of their matches at the Aegon International at Eastbourne on Wednesday, Heather Watson and Laura Robson were equal to their considerably higher-ranked opponents.

Now the bad: when it came to the crucial points, neither could quite muster what was needed to cause an upset.

Robson, who is expected to break into the world's top 100 and become British No 2 on Monday, was edged out 6-4, 7-5 by Ekaterina Makarova, the world No 48 who beat Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova earlier in the week.

Over and out: Robson lost in straight sets on Wednesday

Over and out: Robson lost in straight sets on Wednesday

Watson led 4-1 in a first-set tiebreak before losing 7-6, 6-1 to world No 21 Lucie Safarova and afterwards admitted she is using a sports psychologist.

'I have a mental conditioning coach called Angus,' Watson said.

'He helps me because I'm very emotional
on court. It's because I care so much. I put myself on the line because
it's life or death out there.'

Mind games: Watson has employed a mental conditioning coach

Mind games: Watson has employed a mental conditioning coach

Watson was excellent in the first set as she took Safarova to the wire, but the British No 3 faded in the second.

'There's not much in it at all,' said the 20-year-old. 'It's just playing the big points well and not losing focus.'

Robson's performance was the same combination of promise and frustration.

Despite an error-strewn first set, the 18-year-old served well and her groundstrokes matched the Russian's for long periods.

There was the occasional yelp when things did not go right but, in the second set especially, she looked comfortable.

'She served really high percentage first serves towards the end of both sets, so it was tough for me to get into her service games,' said Robson.

'I'm feeling confident in my game, so going into Wimbledon I'm really pumped.'

In the men's event, Jamie Baker put up a good fight against world No 29 Philipp Kohlschreiber but lost 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

Andy Murray"s form is a worry, says Martina Navratilova

Murray's a worry, says Wimbledon great Navratilova as Brit suffers another defeat

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21:45 GMT, 20 June 2012

One thing Andy Murray will not be suffering from at Wimbledon next week is a surfeit of feverish expectations, with the outside hype continuing to sag in a possibly helpful way.

On the day he was confirmed as the fourth seed, the 25-year-old Scot did some of the job himself by losing in a low-key exhibition match while Wimbledon great Martina Navratilova drove his price down further with an honest assessment of his chances.

Murray was reasonably upbeat despite being defeated 6-7, 6-4, 10-6 (in a sudden death champions tiebreak) by world No 8 Janko Tipsarevic at leafy Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire following his first-round exit last week at the AEGON Championships against Nicolas Mahut.

SW19 preparations: Andy Murray in action against Janko Tipsarevic at the Boodles Tournament at Stoke Park

SW19 preparations: Andy Murray in action against Janko Tipsarevic at the Boodles Tournament at Stoke Park

Navratilova was drawing on wider
evidence to make the somewhat eyebrow-raising claim that there is a
greater gap between Murray and the top of the game than that which was
once faced by Tim Henman.

If that is true it must be a
reflection on the competition around now, which is exceptional, compared
with the time when Britain's last comparable player was carrying the
nation's hopes.

'I see it as a top three. Andy is
not in the mix,' said Navratilova in her capacity as an ambassador for
the Laureus Foundation.

'I mean he gets to the semi-finals.
He's been to a couple of finals but Djokovic, Nadal and Federer are head
and shoulders above everybody else. Those guys are just playing on
another level.'

No home comforts: Murray was unable to post his first grass court win of the year in Buckinghamshire

No home comforts: Murray was unable to post his first grass court win of the year in Buckinghamshire

Asked whether Murray would ever win a
Grand Slam, she added: 'He was closer to it last year. At the
Australian Open I thought Andy played very well, and Ivan Lendl has made
a big difference in his game, and an even bigger one in his attitude.
He was head and shoulders above where he was before, with his attitude
and his composure on the court, and he played so much better because of
it.

'Does he have a Grand Slam in him
Absolutely. But he is coming up against very good guys. I just do not
know if it can happen now because Nadal and Djokovic are just playing
better, no matter how good his attitude is, they are just playing
better. It is a bigger gulf for him than it was for Tim Henman.'

Murray may not be unhappy at the
downgrade and was satisfied with yesterday's workout against Tipsarevic
at the Boodles tournament.

Power game: Murray serves to his Serbian opponent during his three-set defeat on Wednesday

Power game: Murray serves to his Serbian opponent during his three-set defeat on Wednesday

'It was good,' he said. 'I moved
much better than I did at Queen's, not slipping around as much, and I've
been hitting the ball well in practice.'

He played down the idea that England
progressing in Euro 2012 beyond next Sunday would take any pressure off
him. 'It really makes no difference to me whether we are in a football
year or not,' he said.

Today he plays a slightly
better-known Serb in Novak Djokovic, and even in the garden party
setting with nothing more than pride riding on it there is bound to be a
slight edge as the world No 1 makes his first public appearance on
grass since losing in the French Open final.

Heading for the beach, Janko A relaxed-looking Tipsarevic was too strong for Murray

Heading for the beach, Janko A relaxed-looking Tipsarevic was too strong for Murray

David Nalbandian used the Boodles
yesterday for his first outing since Sunday's dramatic default at
Queen's, and was met with polite applause when he walked on court to
meet Spaniard Nicolas Almagro, signing a few autographs along the way.

While not condoning the Argentine's
behaviour, which is the subject of a police investigation, Murray was
critical of the decision to make him do an on-court interview in the
aftermath.

'He was clearly angry, they should
have taken him off the court and protected him. He ended up saying
things that he did not mean,' said Murray, who could see things going
even more awry after an initial apology. 'As soon as he said “but” they
should have taken the microphone away.'

Laura Robson and Heather Watson hit form in time for Wimbledon

Robson and Watson hit form in time for Wimbledon with wins at Eastbourne

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21:00 GMT, 19 June 2012

Laura Robson produced one of the best wins of her career on Tuesday and Heather Watson was not far behind as the British pair reached the last 16 of the AEGON International at Eastbourne – six days before Wimbledon.

On outside court No 2 in front of Devonshire Park’s pavilion, the crowds stood six deep in places to see Robson, 18, fight back to beat world No 49 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Red hot: Robson (above) and Watson (below)

Red hot: Robson (above) and Watson (below)

Red hot: Robson (above) and Watson (below)

The British No 4 worked out the wily Spaniard’s mix of spins and slices to record only the second top-50 win of her career.

Watson, 20, then comfortably saw off Hungarian veteran Greta Arn, the world No 106, 6-3, 6-4, the British No 3 again showing the agile movement that serves her so well.

Robson now faces Ekaterina Makarova, the world No 48 who knocked out Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, and Watson will meet world No 21 Lucie Safarova, whom she beat in Miami in March.

AEGON Classic 2012: Melanie Oudin beats Jelena Jankovic in final

Oudin sees off Jankovic to win AEGON Classic in perfect warm-up for Wimbledon

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14:30 GMT, 18 June 2012

American Melanie Oudin claimed her first WTA Tour title by winning the AEGON Classic in Birmingham on Monday.

Oudin comfortably saw off Jelena Jankovic 6-4 6-2 in a final which was held over from Sunday as tournament organisers battled with a disrupted schedule due to inclement weather.

Both women had to win two matches on
Sunday to reach the title match, and 20-year-old Oudin emerged the
fresher against the 27-year-old former world No 1 from Serbia.

First of many Melanie Oudin won her first WTA title in Birmingham

First of many Melanie Oudin won her first WTA title in Birmingham

Easy does it: Oudin won with ease against Jelena Jankovic

Easy does it: Oudin won with ease against Jelena Jankovic

Although Jankovic cancelled out an
early break, a sloppy game handed the initiative back to Oudin and she
closed out the opening set before taking a 2-0 lead in the second.

Jankovic
rarely threatened a comeback as Oudin, who has received a wild card for
Wimbledon after dropping to 208th in the world rankings from a high of
31st, eased over the line in one hour and 35 minutes.

Winning the AEGON Classic topped off a perfect weekend, as Oudin received a wildcard for Wimbledon, which begins on Monday.

Oudin had navigated qualifying just
to take her place in the Edgbaston field, and eight matches later she
had the Maud Watson trophy in her grasp.

She said: 'This was a really great tournament for me and I'm definitely looking forward to coming back.

Defeated: Jelena Jankovic was well beaten by Oudin

Defeated: Jelena Jankovic was well beaten by Oudin

'I think it really helped me playing qualifying here, I played better and better each match. I love playing on grass.

'It was a great, great week for me and I definitely feel like I got better and better with each match.'

Oudin reached the fourth round at Wimbledon three years ago and looked a player poised to break through to the world's top 20, however her form dipped drastically.

She said after a win which pushes her close to a double-figure ranking: 'I think I'm a lot more mature now and a lot smarter.

'I've learned a lot about the game of tennis, about my game and how I want to play, what I'm capable of. I've learned to play within myself, not try to do more than I can.'

Beaten Jankovic said: 'To be in the final is always great. Obviously I'm disappointed to lose in the final but at the same time it's a good result for me right now. It's just the beginning and it's good for my confidence.'

Wimbledon 2012: Caroline Wozniacki claims she can win Grand Slam

I know I can win a Grand Slam, insists Wozniacki despite slump in form

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21:17 GMT, 16 June 2012

Hope: Caroline Wozniacki (right)

Hope: Caroline Wozniacki (right)

As she sits in her hotel room on the South Coast on Sunday night, Caroline Wozniacki’s thoughts will be in various places.

Her boyfriend, Rory McIlroy, was prematurely dumped from golf’s US Open, her beloved Denmark are fighting to stay in Euro 2012 and then there is the small matter of resurrecting her declining tennis career at the AEGON International in Eastbourne this week.

Wozniacki, the 2009 US Open finalist, has slipped from world No1 at the start of the year, to No7, going 10 months without winning a tournament, a slump that has coincided with McIlroy’s dip in form. But the 21-year-old’s commitment to the cause cannot be questioned.

Since arriving in Eastbourne on Thursday, she has been fine-tuning her grasscourt game at Devonshire Park, watched intently by her father, Piotr, and new coach, Thomas Johansson, often until rain and wind drove her off court.

‘The rain isn’t bothering me too much,’ said Wozniacki, zipping up an overcoat. ‘I’ve been pretty busy with practice and I’ve just finished reading the Hunger Games Trilogy and now I’m moving on to another James Patterson book.

‘I like Eastbourne. It’s a good place to be ahead of Wimbledon. It’s good to practice on the grass. It is a surface where you really need to be on your toes. It can so quickly go your way but it can go against you so quickly.’

After an unscheduled third-round French Open exit to Kaia Kanepi, Wozniacki desperately needs a promising start to her grasscourt season. She has reached the fourth round at Wimbledon for the past three years … but never further.

Slump: Former world No 1 Wozniacki has struggled to find her form of late

Slump: Former world No 1 Wozniacki has struggled to find her form of late

‘I believe I can win Wimbledon this year, I have to believe,’ she said. ‘The women’s game is wide open at the moment and the depth of quality players has increased significantly in the last 10 years.

‘You never know what will happen, there will always be upsets and people you don’t expect in the quarters and the semis. I didn’t see Sara Errani [the 21st seed] getting to the final of the French Open but she had a really good tournament.

‘I’ve brought Thomas in to help out and he has so much experience, is a grand slam winner and hopefully that can make a difference.

‘My Dad is still on court helping out and he gets along well with Thomas, but ultimately I’m in charge because I’m the one out there hitting the shots.'

And the ideal scenario

‘For Denmark to win the Euros, beating England in the final, and for me to win Wimbledon,’ said Wozniacki.

Edouard Roger-Vasselin: Image of the week by Kevin Quigley

Kevin Quigley: My image of the week – Roger-Vasselin dives for a winner

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17:56 GMT, 15 June 2012

This is Edouard Roger-Vasselin during his first round match at the AEGON Championships making a lunge to volley a winner.

I like the shape of his body straining for the ball and his focus as he leaps off the ground.

Nikon D3s
70-200mm
Iso 200

Roger-Vasselin