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Wimbledon - Wozniacki

Wimbledon diary: the tension gets to Caroline Wozniacki


Caroline Wozniacki faces a difficult few months as she looks to rebuild her game in time for the US Open and the rest of the hard-court season, the surface on which she usually excels. Her first-round defeat here was the first time she has gone out in round one since her grand slam debut at the 2007 French Open and though it was by no means a bad performance, the result will have hurt.

The Dane has recently been working with Thomas Johansson, the Swede who won the Australian Open back in 2002. Johansson will have his work cut out with Wozniacki, who has been working to fix a technical flaw on her forehand and to add a bit of power to her serve. Tennis lovers will have seen that she now stands with her legs well apart on her serve, bringing the back one together with the front one to get some forward momentum.

Without being too geeky about this (I hope), it is interesting to hear that she has reportedly made a huge change to the tension she has her rackets strung at. In an effort to get more power she is experimenting with a new tension of 21 kilos (around 40lbs), more than six kilos less than before (27.5 kilos, or 60lbs), which is a massive difference. It will take her time to adjust to the relative lack of control but if she likes it, she should see plenty more power, particularly when she is moved out of position.

For the most part, Wimbledon runs as smooth an operation as there is in the world of sports but anyone who has tried to make a phone call or use the internet at the Championships will know how irritating it is to have a very low signal, or sometimes no signal at all. This has been happening throughout the first four days of the tournament and is very frustrating, especially for the press, who need communications to do their jobs. It’s not a question of which network provider you have – everyone is having problems – and it is clearly an issue of not enough cellular capacity.

When asked, Wimbledon said they had not had any complaints, saying that it would be the job of the providers to supply greater capacity. But they will only do that if asked by Wimbledon themselves, much the same way as the Monaco Grand Prix did a few years ago. It is not rocket science – the signals improve from about 8pm when most people have left – but in the 21st century, you would think that someone might have sorted this out by now.