Daily Drops: Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in dominant mood at Wimbledon warm-up

In today’s Daily Drops, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic impress at Hurlingham, and is there yet another player carrying an injury into Wimbledon?

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in dominant mood

Wimbledon feels just around the corner now with the Hurlingham Classic underway.

The traditional pre-Wimbledon exhibition event brings together the top players for some exclusive (and mostly) behind-closed-doors tennis, and both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have produced impressive starts there.

Novak Djokoivc faced-off against Felix Auger-Aliassime, who has a very respectable record on grass. However, the six-time Wimbledon champion blew him off the court, winning 6-2, 6-1.

Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal took on Stan Wawrinka, who has won every major except Wimbledon, and won 6-2, 6-3.

You can watch a live stream from the Hurlingham Classic on the website, by the way.

Kyrgios out in Mallorca

There are plenty of walking wounded heading into Wimbledon, with the likes of Emma Raducanu, Carlos Alcaraz, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray all carrying knocks.

We can now add Nick Kyrgios to that list. He has withdrawn from Mallorca although it is hopefully just a precaution.

“I’m really sorry I’m going to have to withdraw from tonight’s match here in Mallorca,” Kyrgios said.


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“I have been playing a lot of great matches lately and unfortunately I woke up with a pain in my abs. I went to see the tournament doctor right away and he advised that I don’t play tonight.”

Norrie says seeding is ‘pretty cool’

Cameron Norrie is in the odd position of being British number one with none of the pressure at Wimbledon. It will, as ever, be Murray and Raducanu carrying the British expectations at SW19.

He will be a top ten seed in the tournament though – the ninth to be precise – and he’s loving it.

“I will take it one match at a time and for me I have still not reached the second week so it would be nice to do that,” he said.

“I guess the seeding helps and that is a result of winning matches and stringing them together, so I will take that.

“Being ninth is pretty cool and pretty crazy. It all happened pretty quickly, getting up there, which has been a lot of fun but it still means nothing. You still have to win the matches.”

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