In what will be the exception rather than the rule going forward (we promise!), our attention was drawn somewhat away from Day 2 of Wimbledon and focused instead on the drama of the World Cup today. Would South Africa be the first host nation to not make it out of the Group stage? (Sadly, yes.) Would someone on the French team behave poorly? (Yes; French coach Raymond Domenech refused to shake the hand of the South African coach, Carlos Alberto Parreira.) Would Argentina score more than five goals against Greece? (Surprisingly, no! Only two – and the second only came after the Greeks gave up full defense of the goal in the final minutes in an attempt to score one of their own.)
See what we mean?
But plenty happened at the All England Club as well. And since this is a tennis blog, we had best get to it:
Match of the Day: Andy Murray (4) vs. Jan Hajek, 7-5, 6-1, 6-2. This wasn’t the most exciting match of the day. (That honor probably goes to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s four-set win over Robert Kendrick.) But Murray’s avoidance of the pall that seems to have descended over the rest of the British entrants in the tournament – and his ability to stay calm under tremendous home-court pressure – made his win over Jan Hajek our favorite outcome of the day.
Early Exits by Seeded Players: Samantha Stosur (6), Fernando Verdasco (8), Juan Carlos Ferrero (14), Nicolas Almagro (19), Marcos Baghdatis (24), Lucie Safarova (25)
First Retirements of the Tournament: Michael Berrer (against Illya Marchenko) and Sergiy Stakhovsky (against Sam Querrey)
Also … James Blake shushed Pam Shriver for commentating too loudly from the sidelines (!!!), and Matt Harvey’s poems for the day (the aptly titled “One of Ours” and “Great Expectations”) were all about Andy Murray.