Judy Dalton direct from Wimbledon - Day 1 review

Tuesday, June 24

Tuesday, June 24

A more sedate first day for Wimbledon this year. 

It was a great one for Australian players, with the exception being our number one woman Sam Stosur.

The only seeded Australian was beaten on the opening day by Belgian Yanina Wickmayer 6-3, 6-4.

So another grass court disaster for her after she practiced with a non-competitor before the match (not really a tennis player).

What can you say?

Bernard  Tomic played well, but so did Marenko "Mad Dog" Matosovic.

Let's hop they can go on with the job.

IF you were looking for some "characters"  on day one you did not need to go any further than the men's first round clash between  Marcus Baghdatis and Dustin Brown. Those long flowing dreadlocks of Brown. It looks like he should be in a rock band, but boy does he have talent. And Baghdatis with his flair.

It all made for an extremely entertaining match. And the day was to belong to Baghdatis - 6-4, 7-5, 2-6, 7-6(4). 

THE winners of the men's and women's singles championships will each receive a staggering £1.76 million - increase of per cent.

A couple of of items that haven't increase are the strawberries and the Pimms. And what would Wimbledon be without them?

PLANS are progressing to put a retractable roof over the number one court by 2019.

Debentures are being sold to cover the cost.

WHITE. All white is the decree now. How the Williams sisters will cope with that who knows. No coloured knickers either. Even the men cannot have coloured undies.

And no orange soles on Roger Federer's footwear.

Until next time and another day.

JUDY (Tegart) Dalton was a singles finalist at Wimbledon in 1968 and women's doubles champion at Wimbledon in 1969. She was also a two-time Wimbledon mixed doubles finalist.

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