From Cori Gauff’s brilliance to Bernard Tomic’s fine, the story of Wimbledon so far

Day Five: The Championships - Wimbledon 2019

Middle Sunday offered a chance for Wimbledon to rest and reset ahead of the fourth-round singles matches on manic Monday.

Here, we take a look back at the story of the first week of the 2019 Championships.

'Coco' Gauff Burst Onto the Scene

From the moment 15-year-old Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff qualified for the tournament and drew Venus Williams, it was clear she would be a big story. But few people could have predicted quite how big.

After straight-sets wins over Williams and Magdalena Rybarikova, Gauff saved match points against Polona Hercog to set up a clash with Simona Halep.

In a week, she has become not just a tennis star, but a worldwide star, and has taken it all in her stride.

Tomic The Villain Again

Bernard Tomic is a natural fit for this role and his 58-minute loss to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga saw him fined his entire £45,000 prize money for not performing to professional standards.

Tomic, who won seven games, has received support from some of his fellow players, and if it was not for his reputation, then he probably would not have received the same punishment.

The 26-year-old told News Corp Australia he planned to appeal against the fine and blamed his performance on feeling unwell.

Next Gen Fall Short

Boris Becker fired a volley at the next generation of men’s players for their continued failure to get the better of the big three, and this tournament has been a particular low point.

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Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Dominic Thiem all lost in the first round, 18-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime admitted the pressure got to him after going out in round three, and the only players aged under 27 still left in the tournament are the relatively unheralded Matteo Berrettini and Ugo Humbert.

How The Brits Got On

Johanna Konta is the only British player left in singles, but, from unpromising beginnings with only 10 players across the two draws, the results were essentially positive.

Seven players took advantage of kind draws to reach round two, with Konta, Dan Evans and Harriet Dart going on to make the last 32. There were first wins at Wimbledon for Dart, Cameron Norrie and Jay Clarke, while Paul Jubb performed well on his much-talked-about debut.

Kyle Edmund’s second-round loss was a disappointment while depth remains an issue, but the Lawn Tennis Association can chalk it up as a win.

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Match of the Week

The most high-profile second-round clash in a long time between Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios definitely lived up to the hype.

Love him or loathe him, Kyrgios makes for compelling viewing and, although his tennis ultimately was not quite good enough, he competed hard from start to finish, brought spectacular shots, underarm serves and controversy when he tried to hit Nadal with a fierce forehand.

The enmity between the two gave the match a real edge and has certainly done Nadal’s title chances no harm. Honourable mention, too, to the four-hour marathon between Dan Evans and Joao Sousa.

The Mixed Doubles Dream Team

When a mixed-doubles partnership between Serena Williams and Andy Murray was first dangled as a tantalising possibility last weekend, it seemed much more a media dream than anything that might actually happen.

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But it was confirmed on Tuesday and their opening match together on Saturday evening lived up to its billing.

Mixed doubles is notoriously unpredictable, but, as Victoria Azarenka said: “Good luck to everybody else.”

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