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COURT REPORT: John Isner Avoids Dreaded Court 18
COURT REPORT: John Isner Avoids Dreaded Court 18
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It was another busy day at with plenty of entertaining action as well as drama behind the scenes. 

From injuries to the debate over who is the greatest women's player of all time, there were plenty of talking points. 

Sportsmail's Kieran Gill provides the lowdown on the action from day two at Wimbledon.  

John Isner will avoid the dreaded Court 18 and will instead face Andy Murray on Centre Court

IT'S A CORDIAL SPLIT 

 

'Bring back Robinsons' demanded the A4 piece of paper left at the drinks station in the media centre.

 

 

 

 

Clearly one journalist has taken the break-up between Robinsons and Wimbledon hard. 

Their 86-year partnership coming to an end means there is no squash on offer to the tennis writers this time around. At least the split was described as cordial. 

 

CENTRE COURT COMFORT FOR ISNER 

There is one advantage to John Isner facing Andy Murray at Wimbledon — he is guaranteed to avoid the dreaded Court 18.

 

 

 

 

Isner won his first-round clash with Enzo Couacaud on that court but cannot stand playing there as it was the scene of his 11-hour, five-minute slog-fest with Nicolas Mahut in 2010 which, he says, still gives him 'nightmares'. 

At least Isner will not be anywhere near it on Wednesday.

 

 

The 37-year-old American will instead appear on Centre Court, potentially for the final time in his career. 

 

UNLUCKY, DANKA 

Visitors may notice there is no Court 13, owing to superstitious players, but there is one at the practice courts.

 

 

 

 

Danka Kovinic trained there at 10.30am on Tuesday ahead of her match with Britain's Sonay Kartal. 

At 11.39am, she withdrew with a back injury. Thirteen is lucky for some but not the Montenegrin. 

Court No 13 was unlucky for Danka Kovinic, who ended up withdrawing with a back injury

 

COURT TOP FOR TITLES 

'Here she is,' said Sue Barker on the BBC, introducing Serena Williams.

 

 

 

 

'The greatest women's player of all-time.' 

A fair few might agree with that statement in theory, although technically the title should belong to Margaret Court, who won 24 Grand Slam titles to Williams' 23. 

Despite Sue Barker's claims, Margaret Court is the most successful women's player ever

 

MAX-IMUM EARNINGS 

Maxime Cressy, who shocked No 6 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime, is one of the few unsponsored players at the Championships. 

The 6ft 6in serve and volleyer, ranked 60, has said he wants to wait until he has a major breakthrough before choosing a sponsor.

 

 

 

 

That way the American can name his price. 

Maxime Cressy wants to wait for a major breakthrough before he chooses a sponsor

 

FOGNINI GETS BOMBED OUT 

Wimbledon officials will not lose any sleep over Fabio Fognini's first-round exit.

 

 

 

 

The Italian was previously fined for saying: 'I wish a bomb would explode on this club,' in frustration at being placed on the small Court 14. 

It was on the equally cosy and adjacent Court 16 that he lost to Tallon Griekspoor to depart the men's singles. 

Fabio Fognini, Lapak Satria who has crticised the Wimbledon set-up, was knocked out in the first round

 

DIMI DISAPPOINTMENT 

It was unfortunate to see 2014 Wimbledon semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov limp around Court 2. 

The Bulgarian 18th seed won his opening set against American Steve Johnson but then injured his left leg while serving.

 

 

 

 

Dimitrov tried bravely to continue but could hardly move and retired. Another recognisable name lost. 

It was unfortunate to see 2014 semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov limp around No 2 Court

 

 

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