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COURT REPORT: It was an extended, long day for Australian battler Matthew Ebden

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COURT REPORT: It was an extended day for Australian battler Matthew Ebden, who won a five-set epic in the lads’s doubles semi-finals before switching to Centre Court and missing out on the mixed title

  • Australian Matthew Ebden played two matches within the doubles at Wimbledon
  • He won the lads’s semis before losing the mixed doubles final on Centre Court 
  • Court 14 was a wierd selection for the all-British wheelchair quarter-finals
  • K-Swiss have British No 1 Cameron Norrie tied down on a contract until 2024
  • Wimbledon is asking fans to vote for his or her favourite Centre Court moment

It was an extended day for Matthew Ebden. The Australian was out on No 1 Court at 1pm for his men’s doubles semi-final, which went to 5 sets and lasted longer than 4 hours.

Later within the evening, Ebden was on Centre Court for the mixed doubles final.

He lost that match with fellow Aussie Sam Stosur, suffering a 6-4, 6-3 defeat to Britain’s Neal Skupski and American Desirae Krawczyk.

Australian Matthew Ebden (pictured, right) featured in two different games at Wimbledon

Court 14 was a wierd selection for the all-British quarter-final between Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett in the lads’s wheelchair singles – and never only because Wimbledon’s accessibility guide states there may be ‘limited’ space for wheelchair users who might need wished to observe this match. 

The cramped Court 14 can only fit 318 spectators and that meant there have been queues outside.

Whereas No 3 Court (capability of 1,980) began with a ladies’ invitational doubles match while Court 12 (1,736) and Court 18 (782) staged two boys’ singles ties – none of them involving any Brits.

Court 14 was a strange choice for all-British quarter-final of Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett

Court 14 was a wierd selection for all-British quarter-final of Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett

Timing is significant in tennis and K-Swiss have not done too badly in that department. 

While Nike sponsor Nick Kyrgios and Rafael Nadal and Lacoste have Novak Djokovic, the lesser-known Los Angeles-based brand snapped up Cameron Norrie in January 2020 and handily have him tied down until 2024, it is known.

K-Swiss snapped up Cameron Norrie (pictured) in 2020 and have tied him down until 2024

K-Swiss snapped up Cameron Norrie (pictured) in 2020 and have tied him down until 2024 

All eyes were on No 10 on Thursday lunchtime – Court 10, that’s, not Downing Street – as Rafael Nadal’s team had booked a rehearsal there. 

Yet as 12.30pm arrived, there was no sign of the Spaniard, much to the frustration of grounds-pass holders who were hoping for a glimpse of the semi-finalist. 

Nadal’s hour slot ended without him ever turning up. Later he was spotted on the secluded Aorangi Park practice courts, perhaps choosing privacy to avoid any questions on his fitness.

All eyes were on court No 10, as Rafael Nadal's team had booked a practice session there

All eyes were on court No 10, as Rafael Nadal’s team had booked a rehearsal there

Wimbledon is asking fans to vote for his or her favourite Centre Court moment and winning with greater than 50 per cent is Andy Murray’s straight-sets win over Novak Djokovic within the 2013 final. 

The following nearest competition for Murray is Murray himself, because his gold medal at London’s 2012 Olympics is currently on 13 per cent. 

The fewest votes appear to have gone to the streaker who invaded Centre Court in 1996.

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