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Wimbledon Watch: Murray's selfie before 1st match

June 23, 2014
Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Andy Murray found time to pause and pose for a fan's selfie before his first match Monday as Wimbledon's defending champion.

Walking across the grounds at the All England Club less than two hours ahead of his 2014 Centre Court debut, Murray passed a gate where a man and woman shouted out a request for a picture.

With a white towel draped around his neck, a racket bag on his shoulder, and a blue pair of sneakers in his hand, Murray wandered over and obliged.

Here's a photo of their photo: https://twitter.com/HowardFendrich/status/481018621842718720

Rafael Nadal also stopped to make some fan's day by appearing in a picture.

— By Howard Fendrich — http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich

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LOST IN TRANSLATION: There was unintended hilarity at Ernests Gulbis' news conference on Monday at Wimbledon, when the Latvian player misunderstood a question.

"Get rid of vampires?" Gulbis replied.

A few minutes later, Gulbis realized he had heard the question incorrectly.

"My God. Umpires? I thought something else. I thought 'vampires,' (like) the people who are surrounding and sucking the energy out of players. That's what I meant," Gulbis said.

The topic arose because three-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe said over the weekend he thought umpires weren't needed in tennis and that players could call their own lines.

Eventually Gulbis let everyone know he didn't agree with that stance.

"Without umpires, it wouldn't work," said Gulbis, who beat Jurgen Zopp of Estonia 7-6 (7), 7-5, 7-6 (10).

— By Dennis Passa — http://twitter.com/DennisPassa

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TRADITION!: The first ball was still an hour away from being hit and the opening-day crowds at Wimbledon were already getting into the tradition of the tennis tournament with the most, well, tradition.

Under a sunny sky, patrons sipped their Pimm's, a popular gin-based liquor available for 7.80 pounds ($13.25) at the All England Club, and stopped by booths selling strawberries and cream for 2.50 pounds ($4.25).

Virginia Wade, the 1977 Wimbledon champion, chatted with former player Tony Roche by a ticket booth near the main entrance. Both said hello to John Lloyd, a former player who was once married to Chris Evert.

— By Dennis Passa — http://twitter.com/DennisPassa

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THOUGHTS ON BRAZIL: The World Cup continues to be a topic of conversation at Wimbledon, although defending champion Andy Murray would prefer that it not be included in his daily questions.

Murray was asked for the second consecutive day to comment on England not making it out of the group stage in Brazil.

"I'd appreciate it if that wasn't brought up when I was playing because I'm yet to hear Wayne Rooney talk about my matches at Wimbledon," Murray said Monday after his first-round win. "I don't think it's fair."

Victoria Azarenka had no problem commenting. Her native Belarus didn't qualify for the tournament so the former No. 1 is cheering for Argentina.

Azarenka has her fingernails painted in light blue, in honor of the South American team, although it's Lionel Messi that sweeps her off her feet.

"I love Messi. I think he's one of the greatest players of all time. He's so little, so cute," Azarenka said after advancing to the second round.

"What goes through your mind when you watch Messi?" she was asked.

"You don't want to know," Azarenka replied, laughing. "You don't want to know."

— By Samuel Petrequin — https://twitter.com/sampetrequin

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Wimbledon Watch follows tennis' grass-court Grand Slam tournament in London as seen by journalists from The Associated Press. It will be updated throughout the day.

 
 

 

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