A Wacky Week at Wimbledon – Blogger Nicholas McCarvel

2013 New Haven Open Blogger Nicholas McCarvel is on-site at Wimbledon for the next fortnight and will check in every so often with insider perspective of the action in SW19. Be sure to follow him on Twitter at @NickMcCarvel.

Unlike ATP World Tour and WTA events, Grand Slams are broken into two weeks, which gives the tournaments two separate feelings: one of overwhelming action and busyness in week one and the other of a calmness that comes in week two – a certain reckoning with another event passing.But at Wimbledon during week one this year, the tournament’s feel ebbed and flowed each and every day, most notably on Wednesday, when Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka all crashed out. It was a day unlike any other at the majors that I’ve covered, with seven players pulling out or retiring from their matches with injury (a tournament record) and controversy swirling about the supposed slippery nature of the courts – which Wimbledon assured was not an issue.

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That’s what happens in tennis events of any size – upsets come and go – and Thursday a sense of normalcy set in, as did the classic Wimbledon rain. On Friday afternoon I had my first chance to take in tennis on Centre Court, watching British youngster Laura Robson be willed on by her compatriots under the safety of the Centre Court roof.With Sharapova, Azarenka and four-time New Haven Open champion Caroline Wozniacki all victims of a wackyWednesday, defending New Haven Open and 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is one many have pegged to make a run to the final once again. New Haven Open regular Marion Bartoli could stand in Kvitova’s way, the No.15 seed from France recapturing some of the magic that she had when she made a surprise run to the Wimbledon final here in 2007, booking a place in the fourth round without dropping a set.

On Monday, Kvitova was the first to book a quarter-final spot at the All England Club followed by Bartoli a few hours later.

One thing about Wimbledon is that it is Wimbledon: the history is palpable, the players’ respect for the tournament and its courts is obvious and the fans’ enthusiasm for a national treasure contagious. Henman Hill (or do you prefer Murray Mound? Or Robson Ridge?) is packed everyday when I walk by it, fans from all over the world crowding on the sloped grass to watch action from the show courts on the big screenWith week one almost in the books, what’s to come in week two? It’s hard to say, but a day like the first Wednesdayis possible at any point – that’s the fun of pro tennis events.

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