Who’s hot and who’s not
Tommy Haas. He has never been one to keep his opinions to himself; during one Australian Open he suggested that television interviewer Jim Courier “has his tongue up Roger Federer’s ass”. While in Halle for last week’s grass-court tournament, he let it be known that he had joined the Virginia Wade School of Thought on Andy Murray, saying that the Briton has a reputation in the locker-room for making the most of his injuries: “He looks like he’s injured and then he’s moving like a cat. Everyone in the locker-room knows about it and talks about it.” And yet that wasn’t Tommy’s greatest contribution to the pre-Wimbledon tournament in Germany, with the former world No 2 defeating Federer in the final (unfortunately, Courier wasn’t there for the post-match interviews). Who else is hoping that Murray and the 34-year-old Haas, who needed a wild card, are drawn together in the first round at Wimbledon?
Melanie Oudin. Remember the teenager who reached the quarter-finals of the 2009 US Open with ‘Believe’ on her shoes, but who then went into a tailspin? She’s enjoying her tennis again, and won the pre-Wimbledon tournament at the Edgbaston Priory Club by defeating Jelena Jankovic in the final. Another worthy recipient of a wild card into the main draw at the All England Club.
Marin Cilic. The Croatian is getting the Sam Stosur treatment (no one thinks too much about who won last year’s women’s tournament at the US Open, just about the controversy surrounding the runner-up Serena Williams). David Nalbandian was understandably the centre of attention after he was defaulted from the Queen’s Club final for kicking a hoarding which split and injured a line-judge. But, for just a moment, consider the champion.
David Nalbandian. Or perhaps he should be in ‘hot’? Even if Roger Federer has been induced to play at Queen’s this summer, and had played Andy Murray in the final, they probably would not have brought as much attention to the tournament as the Argentine did.
Andy Murray. Losing his opening match at Queen’s – to France’s Nicolas Mahut – was not part of the plan. Saying that, there’s no need to fret.
Andy Roddick. Like Murray, he failed to win a match at Queen’s, with a defeat to France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin.