+ Words from a crafty veteran: “All three guys are taller and stronger than I am. I [have] got to figure out a different way, carve my way through the draw somehow with my slice and my spins, my consistency maybe.” Is the man who uttered these words the wily club champ? Yes, but likely not of your club. They were spoken by seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer. Interesting indeed how many supremely iconic athletes – Federer, Wayne Gretzky, Joe Montana, Muhammad Ali – tend to favor the sting like a bee approach to the sledgehammer.
+ Once again, what is coaching? With her coach Sam Sumyk home to tend to his pregnant wife, Garbine Muguruza this year at Wimbledon has sought the counsel of ex-pro, ’94 Wimbledon champ Conchita Martinez. So how does that really work? Is it Martinez’s words or presence that’s helped Muguruza play such fine tennis at Wimbledon? Conjures up thoughts of the “Wizard of Oz” when each of Dorothy’s three friends are given a brain, a heart and courage. Then again, if that’s what it takes, so be it. There’s no place like Centre Court, there’s no place like Centre Court, there’s no place like Centre Court.
+ Shining stars. It’s always interesting to see the pop culture figures who show up at Wimbledon. Perhaps because I’ve little knowledge of contemporary Great Britain, I’m most drawn to the vintage icons who surface at the All England Club, particularly from the world of music such. The juxtaposition of allegedly rebellious rock ‘n roll with the traditionalism of Wimbledon fascinates. Then again, the music hall sensibilities of Paul McCartney make him a fitting Royal Box guest. On the other hand, the time I saw Rolling Stones member Ron Wood here was rather jarring, akin to spotting a vampire at the beach. Fittingly, yesterday’s guest was Shirley Bassey, singer of the title track to a film that showcases a British man saving the world – Sean Connery as James Bond in “Goldfinger.” Connery has come to Wimbledon too and is a big fan of his fellow Scot, Andy Murray. Bassey no doubt was delighted to watch Roger Federer – tennis’ man with the Midas touch.