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Wimbledon got off to a serious start on Monday, with rain, tirades and ridiculous gunfire all seen over the first two days.
` Sport rounds up an alternative look at what you may have missed in Round 1.
Kyrgios is Kyrgios
If you ever watch Nick Kyrgios, you don’t need commenters to describe the action – he does it all for you.
The Aussie found himself in a thrilling five-set duel with British wildcard Paul Jubb, with all the usual forearm serves – more on that later – and tweeners.
Kyrgios also found some friends in the crowd. He asked a member of the audience what serve to use and dealt with them brilliantly before, predictably, things went wrong.
A cheer welcoming a missed first serve didn’t go down well, leading to Kyrgios declaring: “I don’t go to their nine to five and start clapping when they scan [stuff] in a supermarket, right?”
Kyrgios also took offense at a referee for ‘ratting’ him out and then dedicated his victory to those who had criticized him over the previous three hours.
In his court interview, he was asked if he would consider a career as a commentator. The answer?
“If they pay me well enough, I probably will.”
Tsitsipas drops the hair care routine
Stefanos Tsitsipas has one of the most magnificent haircuts in men’s tennis. So good it is indeed has her own Instagram account.
So we couldn’t resist asking him what the routine is.
Spoilers: It’s about pulling a comb through and some Greek oregano for 20 minutes…
Isner’s nightmares about Court 18
John Isner: Not a fan of Court 18 at Wimbledon
Court 18 at Wimbledon lives on in infamy.
The longest tennis match in history took place here; a first-lap marathon between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut in 2010 that lasted 11 hours, five minutes and three days.
American Isner won the final set – which itself lasted more than eight hours – by a score of 70-68, and a plaque has since been installed to commemorate what felt like an endless match.
On Monday, Isner found himself back on the same court and in another five-set marathon against Enzo Couacaud of France. This time Isner triumphed 6: 7 (6: 8), 7: 6 (7: 3), 4: 6, 6: 3, 7: 5 in a lightning-fast three hours and 19 minutes.
“Everyone asked me about my memories of this place, and it’s nightmares,” Isner said afterwards.
“I lost in five sets on this court last year. I won one today. I’ve spent many hours playing on this course.
“I was just kind of praying that I wouldn’t be in that seat. The schedule came out and I’m like, oh no*. It happens.”
Isner’s reward for his five-set win? A meeting with Andy Murray, who has won all eight of his previous matches. Ouch.
(*We may have replaced a word here)
Murray’s cheeky turn-up
There’s nothing quite like an Andy Murray match at Wimbledon.
The Brit wowed the crowd on center court as he fought back to beat James Duckworth in four sets and progress – throwing in a cheeky shoulder serve in the process.
Despite being a legitimate tactic, the forearm serve has been criticized by some players in the past – especially when they ended up being one of Kyrgios’ specials.
Rafael Nadal, who is so far behind the baseline that he could also be in the front row of the stands, sees the issue with mixed feelings. He said a few years ago that the serve “is part of the rules, you can do it. It’s up to you, whether you feel good about it or not. It depends.”
It worked for Murray, who won the point in front of an enthusiastic crowd.
“I don’t know why people have ever found it potentially disrespectful or… I don’t know. I never understood that. It’s a legitimate way of serving,” Murray said.
“I would never use a forearm serve when someone is on the baseline because I think it’s a stupid idea because they will track it and it’s easy to get.
“If they’re four or five yards behind the baseline, why not do that to put them forward if they’re not comfortable going back there?”
Hurkacz collects money in defeat
The defeat of seventh-placed Hubert Hurkacz in the first round was one of the biggest upsets of day one of the championships.
The Pole, last year’s semi-finalist, was among the contenders for the title after winning a grass tournament in the run-up to this year’s Grand Slam.
Hurkacz pledged ahead of the tournament to donate €100 (£86.32) for every ace he beats at Wimbledon to support the people of Ukraine. Despite his early exit, he beat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina at 21, ensuring the money went to a good cause.
A hot dog at match point?
Spaniard Davidovich Fokina might have triumphed over Hurkacz in five sets, but he could have done it much faster if he hadn’t tried that outrageous shot at match point in the third set…