PLus, all the latest as Andy Murray and Serena Williams prepare to team up for the mixed doubles draw
Two British hopefuls were unable to win in the sunshine at Wimbledon on the third day of the grand slam tennis tournament.
Kyle Edmund suffered a five-set defeat to Spain’s Fernando Verdasco, while Heather Watson crumbled to a straight sets defeat against Anett Kontaveit from Estonia.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic cruised through to the third round, but Reilly Opelka caused the big shock of the day by knocking out Stan Wawrinka.
Big is the operative word given, at a shade over 6ft 11in, Opelka is the tallest man ever to have an ATP ranking.
The 21-year-old American, who claimed the junior title at the All England Club in 2015, had only won one grand slam match before this tournament but recovered from two sets to one down to defeat 22nd seed Wawrinka 7-5 3-6 4-6 6-4 8-6.
Meanwhile, Cori Gauff is still making her debut Wimbledon campaign seem like child’s play.
The 15-year-old sensation, who beat Venus Williams in round one, continued her stunning progress by sweeping past former semi-finalist Magdalena Rybarikova.
The hot topic on fans and players’ lips was the upcoming return of Andy Murray to SW19 as a doubles player.
The Scot is due to appear in the men’s doubles competition on Thursday, and will also partner Serena Williams in the mixed doubles draw.
Watson said the Murray and Williams pairing would be ‘exciting’ to watch, while Belarusian player Victoria Azarenka said they would be ‘tough, tough, tough’ to beat.
Murray’s mother Judy described the duo as the ‘perfect match’. But she did not welcome the chance to see Murray and his brother Jamie possibly play against each other later in the men’s doubles competition.
“If they were to play against each other I would go to the pub,” she said.
“I’d go to the pub and wait for a text when it’s over.”