But the WTA Tour events didn’t fare as well last week.
There was a very nice crowd for the Birmingham Premier final, no doubt helped by two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova making it.
In Mallorca, a second-year event, it’s been more of a struggle – as it always is for women’s tennis in Spain. Despite a “buy one, get one free” offer the last few days, the crowd was still pretty sparse for a very good final.
The last singles wild card awarded by Wimbledon was assigned to American Bethanie Mattek-Sands Sunday.
The 32-year-old’s third-round effort at the French Open brought her singles ranking back into the top 100. That’s more than good enough, had it not occurred too late for the deadline, to have gotten her in on her own merit.
As mainstream as Mattek-Sands’ on-court wear has become lately, she needs to commemorate the occasion with something special. The ball jacket pictured here (2011) complied with the all-white rule beautifully. Bring it back!
Before Wimbledon, Venus Williams snuck a quick trip – well, not so quick – to Australia to headline a summit hosted by AIA Australia.
The major life insurance company put together a lineup of health and wellness experts to address what they consider Australia’s biggest threat: 4490.
The four sectors the 4490 name refers to are diet, exercise, alcohol consumption and smoking. The CEO of the company says poor choices in those areas contribute to “the four major non-communicable diseases in Australia.”
“It’s about finding a balance and living the life you want to live,” Williams said.
It wasn’t so much that Elina Svitolina lost in the second round at Birmingham to Camila Giorgi Thursday. The bigger-picture issue was a foot problem.
“I think I will have one week preparation for Wimbledon. But for me, I don’t want to endanger the end of the season. So that’s why it’s very tough to think about Wimbledon,” Svitolina said after the loss.
“It feels very painful on the foot because I need to walk, you know, sometimes,” she added. “All the time I stand up on the feet, it’s painful.”
McEnroe, who makes a nice living punditing during Wimbledon for the BBC, says the tournament is “so full of itself”. He says the women’s grunting is “so high it’s incredibly annoying”, but the men are okay. And those are just two anecdotes.