Yesterday, the Wimbledon tennis championships began in England. On the first day, Roger Federer, the perennial favorite to win, narrowly escaped a first round loss. What has always struck me odd about this tournament is the fact that it always ends on or around the Fourth of July. Was it a way for the British to steal some of our Independence Day thunder? This year the championships run from June 21 - July 4.
INFORMATION FROM THE OFFICIAL WIMBLEDON WEBSITE:
1. The Draws
2. Player profiles.
3. Scores: Matches in Progress, Completed Matches.
4. Video from the championships.
5. Federer edges Nadal in Wimbledon odds. [Online Casino Reports]
6. Venus plans to be 'simply the best' again at Wimbledon. [AFP]
7. Roddick revisits ghosts of 2009. [Kansas City Star]
8. Confident Clijsters takes on Wimbledon. [FOX Sports]
9. Curtsy and bow: Wimbledon stars work on etiquette. [Reuters]
10. Injuries add even more unpredictability to Wimbledon. [The Gazette - Montreal]
11. Monarch's planned visit excites reigning queen. [The Sydney Morning Herald]
12. At Wimbledon, a minority of players juggle tennis and parenthood. [The Canadian Press]