Wimbledon Tennis Championships 2014 Jun 25, 2014 22:11:42 GMT
Post by Admin on Jun 25, 2014 22:11:42 GMT
Eugenie Bouchard raved about the privilege of using the members’ locker room. Milos Raonic said how much he appreciated the priority for practice courts. And Frank Dancevic? Well, he nearly had to have a post-match ice bath in a garbage can.
Such is the difference in circumstances for Wimbledon’s have and have-nots: Bouchard and Raonic, seeded 13th and eighth respectively, get all the privileges rank affords. Dancevic, who got into the main draw as a lucky loser, took to Facebook to have a little rant about his experience during the qualifying rounds, and explain that life on the professional tennis circuit isn’t all glamour.
At end of play Tuesday, though, they were equals, at least in terms of their results at this year’s tournament. The three Canadians made it through their opening matches — Bouchard and Raonic defeating unseeded opponents, Dancevic upsetting a more highly rated player — and are into the tournament’s second round.
On Court One, where Bouchard faced veteran Daniela Hantuchova — and where she won her 2012 junior title — there was a different vibe. Hantuchova sits quietly still between games, her eyes closed. (Had she been miked, one could have listened for an “ohhhm.”) But she is not laid-back. For a first-round match, Bouchard didn’t have it easy: Hantuchova is intense, good on grass and was once ranked as high as fifth in the world.
“I expected a tough match and it was a tough one,” Bouchard said after her 7-5, 7-5 victory. “I definitely feel like I didn’t play my best most of the match, but competed when it counted, raised my level at some big points. The first match of a tournament, especially a Grand Slam, is always a bit nervy. I think there was a bit of nervous tennis out there.”