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Monday Mashup

Stuart Barefoot


It should come as no surprise that most of the storylines around Tennis this weekend center around Wimbledon. The World's oldest tournament begins on Monday and brings many intriguing plot points along. For regular updates check here. 
Some Wimbledon News for You: 
This will be the last go round at Wimbledon for Kim Clijsters. She plans to retire after the U.S Open, and she really means it this time. She retired in 2007 to start and focus on her family, but came back in 2009. She has drawn Jenna Jankovic in the first round. 
"Round up the usual suspects." Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer are the three likely candidates to win at Wimbledon, which comes as a surprise to nobody. While there are worthy adversaries such as Roddick, and Tsonga, collectively the "big three" have combined to win the last nine Wimbledons.
It's been two years since the Williams sisters last teamed up at Wimbledon, but they plan to do it again this year. Venus will be looking for redemption after losing in the opening round, 6-1, 6-3 to Elana Vesnina. 
Roger Federer has a chance to make history. "Making history" could include a wide range of feats, but specifically, he has a chance to join Pete Sampras as the only player to win Wimbledon seven times(aside from Willie Renshaw from the 19th century, who automatically go to go to the final round five of seven times.) While he hasn't made it beyond the quarterfinals in two years, this year might be the year he equalizes Sampras, and it might be because of the weather. How, you might ask? Simmon Briggs explains.  
Some Non-Wimbledon news for you:
If you enjoyed the blue courts from the Madrid Open this year, you are out of luck. The ATP recently ruled that Madrid will not be allowed to use the blue clay in 2013. The theory behind using blue clay centered around the belief that it would show up better on TV. While that may be true, the players had many complaints. As it turns out, blue turf works for football but not tennis. 
Andy Roddick won a tournament for the first time in over a year. After taking down Andreas Seppi, 6-3. 6-2 in the final of the Eastbounre Championships on Saturday, Roddick ended a 16 month drought in which he won zero tournaments. Winning on a grass surface will surely give him a confidence boost as he heads to Wimbledon where is seeded 30th. He also praised the small city atmosphere, similar to what he will experience in Winston-Salem. "You know, you're not dealing with the hustle and bustle of a massive city" Roddick said, referring to Eastbourne. "You can kind of come down here, under the radar and get my work done and really have a positive week." He'll feel right at home here in Winston.

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