July 8, 1990 |
While Stefan Edberg played his Wimbledon semifinal match, Boris Becker waited in the locker room. Becker said he didn't need to watch. "I know him blind," Becker said. An Edberg-Becker final is a familiar sight on the grass of the All England Club's Centre Court, where they meet today to decide the men's singles championship of the world's biggest tennis tournament for the third consecutive year.
July 7, 1989 |
At 12 minutes past 3 on a humid Thursday afternoon, Chris Evert sat in a green chair at the side of Centre Court and looked around one last time. She took off her wristband and packed it in her bag. Then she put her racket inside, zipped up the bag, toweled herself off and slipped into a white jacket. A curtsy, a wave and a wry smile to her family sitting in the stands, and Evert was gone. In 1 hour 8 minutes of tennis, an era passed at Wimbledon, where Evert is not likely to play again.
June 20, 2011
Tuesday's featured matches Seedings in parentheses Centre Court (Play begins 5 a.m. PDT) Defending champion Serena Williams (7) vs. Aravane Rezai; six-time champion Roger Federer (3) against Mikhail Kukushkin; Novak Djokovic (2) against Jeremy Chardy of France. Court 1 (Play begins 5 a.m. PDT) Andy Roddick (8) vs. Andreas Beck; Caroline Wozniacki (1) vs. Arantxa Parra Santonja. Court 2 (Play begins 4 a.m. PDT) French Open champion Li Na (3)
June 25, 1999 |
Membership has its privileges, and so, Boris Becker used his considerable influence, decreeing that his second retirement party at the All England Club will last until the weekend, at the very least. The decision--announced in the form of Becker's 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 second-round victory over German countryman and 15th-seeded Nicolas Kiefer--transformed the stiff upper lips around Centre Court into a chanting, delirious band of extroverts Thursday at Wimbledon.
June 25, 2011 |
A bit of protective taping peeked out from under the flouncy bottom of Venus Williams' jumper. Her upper leg was wrapped tightly, and once or twice Williams seemed to give a little grimace and tug at that leg. But then Williams would extend her 6-foot-1 body, reach across the court and swallow up one of the ground strokes sent uncertainly toward her from Spanish opponent Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, and when Williams reached the ball, it...
June 30, 2009 |
A fresh star blasted in Monday at Wimbledon, all gaudy and outsized and extravagant like most stars but with the quirk that this one happens to be inanimate. The new Centre Court roof unfolded itself for its first real performance on Monday evening and within six bold and brassy hours already basically had harrumphed that it plans to spend the 21st century as a major player throwing its considerable weight around the Championships.
June 28, 2009 |
TODAY'S FEATURED MATCHES None. BURDEN OF ROOF Clouds menaced. Skies darkened. Excitement buzzed. Architectural history beckoned. As Andy Murray began to play Viktor Troicki at just after 6 Saturday evening, rain seemed imminent. Clearly the lucky retractable-roof aficionados in attendance finally would see Centre Court's $140-million roof in action.
June 24, 2010 |
Reporting from Wimbledon, England — Top-seeded and defending champion Serena Williams needed only 49 minutes to win her second-round match over Anna Chakvetadze of Russia, 6-0, 6-1, Thursday. It took Williams much less time to give her thoughts about playing on Court 2 on Thursday night, away from Centre Court where Queen Elizabeth II had come to watch tennis for the first time since 1977. "I have mixed feelings about that," Williams said. "You know, I don't think I should be out there.
July 3, 2012 |
WIMBLEDON, England — Whoosh . Serena Williams heard it. Whomp. Williams heard that too. The sounds of Williams' massive service, still the best and biggest weapon in women's tennis, were amplified Tuesday. Williams beat defending Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, 6-3, 7-5, with the Centre Court roof closed on the rainy grounds of the All England Club. Kvitova, a 22-year-old Czech, had a forthright answer when asked whether Williams, 30, will win a fifth Wimbledon title.
June 27, 2010 |
This would be enough for any tennis fan with a ticket to Wimbledon on Monday. Serena Williams, the defending champion, is playing Maria Sharapova, an eager ex-champion who at 23 desperately wants to be at the top again, with her surgically repaired shoulder a mental hindrance but her fighting spirit still potent. And Kim Clijsters is playing against Justine Henin. The two Belgians, combined, have nine major championships, and both took big chunks of time off from tennis. But the two have been — at best — cordial toward each other.