Fifty parting thoughts from Wimbledon
Gianluigi Quinzi of Italy beat the bespectacled Hyeon Chung of Korea to win the boys' title.
• The WTA held a lovely event celebrating its 40th anniversary last Sunday at the All England Club. Azarenka and Venus Williams were unable to attend because of injuries. Kim Clijsters was absent on account of her pregnancy. Steffi Graf was absent, too. Otherwise, every former No. 1 player from 1973 to the present -- from Margaret Court to Monica Seles to Justine Henin to Jennifer Capriati to Serena Williams -- gathered, met (in some cases for the first time) and shared stories. Seeing Billie Jean King sit between Serena and Sharapova was, somehow, symbolic as well. I encourage you to watch the video and check out photos from the gala.
"Likewise, if players can -- and should -- endorse watches and candy and banks, plug their fashion lines and charitable foundations, there's something disingenuous about demanding 'tennis questions only.' At a time when the sport has so many stories to tell, so many ways to tell them, and a global audience dying for more than 'I-take-it-one-match-at-a-time' pap, this interview Cerberus serves the best interest of precisely no one. The days of the Fleet Street tabloid press asking inappropriate questions is long gone. This guy's tenure should be, too. Rant over."
Have a great week, everyone. We'll do it again at the U.S. Open.