The second day of Wimbledon 2017 was packed with action and marked by a milestone, a record, and (again) a flurry of retirements.
To start the day, Juan Martín del Potro was facing Thanasi Kokkinakis on Court 2. A very unfair first round for both players, who had had their share of injury hardships and of whom everyone would have liked to see a triumph. But only one could win, and the Argentine was the one who advanced to the second round, converting his seventh match point for 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-4 victory. The Tower of Tandil will next face Ernests Gulbis.
A milestone and a record for Federer
Third seed Roger Federer was making his Wimbledon début this Tuesday, and if his rival, Alexandr Dolgopolov, pulled the plug after 12 meagre games, the Swiss still managed to log an important milestone and have a new record to his name.
In the penultimate point of the eighth game of the first set, Federer joined the 10,000 aces club (alongside Goran Ivanisevic and record holder Ivo Karlovic).
Furthermore, his win was the 85th of his career at Wimbledon, making him the sole record holder for the most wins at the Championships by a man. Martina Navratilova still holds the all-time record, with 120 triumphs at SW19.
A flurry of retirements… again
On day one, there have been three retirements, all on the men’s side (Nick Kyrgios, Viktor Troicki, and Denis Istomin). Day two saw five players retiring at various stages during their match.
Martin Klizan retired with Novak Djokovic ahead 6-3, 2-0. In the very next match, Dolgopolov did the same against Federer after only one more game.
Anastasia Potapova took a nasty tumble in her match against Tatjana Maria and badly twisted her knee. The Russian could not continue and gave up with the German up 6-3, 2-2.
Queen’s champion Feliciano López tried to finish his first round encounter despite a foot injury. However, he was unable to and retired with Adrian Mannarino up 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, 4-3.
Finally, Janko Tipsarevic lasted a grand total of five games before retiring down 0-5 to Jared Donaldson.
It would be high time for the ITF to sort out this particular problem in tennis. If we cannot avoid seeing a player retiring after injuring him/herself during a match, having a player taking the court despite an injury and retiring early on just to get their prize money is something that can be averted. How? By implementing the same ruling as the ATP does: a player who is entered by ranking automatically gets their first-round check before even stepping onto court. Should that player retire, the lucky loser taking his place still gets his qualifications money, and gets that of his being in the main draw. An idea mentioned, among many, by Darren Cahill, and a very sound one.
The second day of Wimbledon in photos
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