In today's Daily Drops: An ATP ace was literally pooed on and yet another player is heading to Wimbledon with an injury.
Jack Draper has had a great week at Eastbourne, reaching the semi-finals where he will face Maxime Cressy. He had a bit of a situation to deal with during the post-match interview, though.
"Playing these guys, and beating these guys, is really important for me, and significant,” he was explaining to Amazon. “But, at the same time, I know it is on a grass court as well, this season is short and there is not a lot of players who earn a living on the grass court."
Then, though, Draper noticed something on his hand, declaring: "I've just been pooed on by a bird."
He decided to view the positives, though. "You know, my coach got that yesterday, as well, so it's good luck."
Andy Murray still believes
If you thought that Andy Murray was just planning on rocking up at Wimbledon this year to make up the numbers and have a bit of fun in the SW19 sunshine, then you might want to reassess that.
The former world number one has not won a title of any kind of November 2019 as he continues to work his way back from major hip surgery.
However, he says the belief that he can still win Wimbledon is a key part of his motivation to keep on fighting for his career.
“I think that is part of the motivation to still be out there competing," Andy Murray said.
“I know it’s going to be even harder to win Wimbledon than it was five, six years ago, but yeah I still believe and I am still working and training as hard as I can to try and achieve that goal.”
“I know, obviously, that’s going to be an unbelievably difficult thing to do, but I do still believe that I’ve got great tennis in me.”
And today's pre-Wimbledon injury concern is...
Simona Halep, who won Wimbledon in 2019, has revealed she is nursing an injury heading into the tournament this year.
The Romanian was due to play in the semi-finals of the Bad Homburg on Friday but she withdrew shortly before, saying: "I am sorry that I had to withdraw today before my semi-final match,"
"Unfortunately I woke up this morning with a blocked neck and this is not allowing me to perform to the best of my ability."
Whether the injury is a genuine concern or just an excuse to make sure she is at Wimbledon over the weekend settling in, remains to be seen, but it's most likely to be the latter.
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