Wimbledon Day 6 - headlines and sidelines
London (AFP) –
Headlines and sidelines at Wimbledon on Saturday:
- Headlines -
+ Hsieh stuns world number one Halep
+ Only one top 10 seed left in women's event
+ Nadal wins, keeps top ranking
- Sidelines -
It ain't half hot mum!
-- With temperatures up to 33 degrees at Wimbledon on Saturday, ball boys and ball girls, or BBGs as they are known at the All England Club, have had their on-court shifts cut from one hour to 45 minutes.
"They also wear hats which cover the back of their necks and ears. They keep well-hydrated," explained Sarah Goldson, the ball boys and ball girls manager.
There are also 'spares' on hand who take the place of any boy or girl feeling unwell in the heatwave.
"Some courts are hotter than others so with spares, we can rotate quickly."
Run for cover
-- As well as the heat, ball boys and ball girls have to be pretty nimble on their feet, especially when big servers Nick Kyrgios and Milos Raonic are around.
Two youngsters have been hit this week by a couple of missiles but Goldson says they are trained to get out of the way.
"We have training with players who hit the ball hard and those who don't serve it as hard as others," she said.
"They are aware they need to get out of the way. It's rare to get hit although it's not great when it happens.
"But they know they need to get out of the way as quickly as possible."
In the ink
-- Alex De Minaur, who faced Rafael Nadal on Centre Court, revealed the number 109 tattooed on his chest. It was to mark his selection as the 109th player to Australia's Davis Cup team.
- Who's saying what -
"This year, I was trying to enjoy, not just tennis, but life, the food like strawberries and cream, the burgers and lobster, all the shops. When you play singles and doubles, I need to find tiny time to run out to get all these foods."
-- Hsieh Su-Wei after her shock win over world number one Simona Halep
"I'll go and watch some football -- England, it's coming home or not?"
-- Rafael Nadal after making the last 16
- Royal Box watch -
Bumper day in the best seats as the middle Saturday sees a host of sports stars and members of the armed forces honoured.
As England prepared to face Sweden in the World Cup, 1966 winner Bobby Charlton was on Centre Court.
He was joined by star golfers Sergio Garcia and Matt Kuchar, Olympic gold medallists Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Nicola Adams and boxers Carl Froch and David Haye.
Li Na, Billie Jean King and Rod Laver were on hand to represent tennis.
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