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Daily Drops: Tennis' forgotten man ready for Wimbledon return; WTA star offers apology

In Daily Drops today, one of tennis' forgotten men is ready to return at Wimbledon, a former ATP star starts lifts lid on Novak Djokovic spat, and a struggling WTA ace offers her apologies to fans.
Kyle Edmund at Wimbledon

In Daily Drops today, one of tennis' forgotten men is ready to make his return at Wimbledon, and a WTA star apologises to her fans (when she really has no need to).

Forgotten man ready for Wimbledon return

When Kyle Edmund made the semi-finals of the 2018 Australian Open, he appeared to be the heir-apparent to Andy Murray in British tennis.

Like Murray, though, he has seen his ambitions decimated by injury.

He has undergone three knee surgeries over a period of almost two years, during which he has not played any tennis.

However, he is ready to make his return in the mixed-doubles at Wimbledon this year.

"I wasn't able to pick a racquet up for five or six months. It was just too sore. It was sore to go up and down stairs.

"So to be at this tournament, even if it is the mixed doubles, it's a start.

"At times I was like, “I don't know where this is going. I don't know how I'm going to get back playing." So it feels like a reward to be here."

"There were times when I felt I'd lost my identity. Like, 'I've only known tennis, I'm a tennis player. So now I don't have that, what am I doing? Every time I wake up in the morning, I have no purpose'.

"To be around here every day… it's just a really nice feeling."

Tearful Muguruza apologises to fans

If there is one player who can empathise with Edmund over that feeling of losing your happy tennis feels, it might just be Garbine Murguruza.

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She was reduced to tears at Wimbledon while losing 6-4, 6-0 to Greet Minnen, and she has since opened up on social media about how she is struggling with everything.

“These last six months have been very hard. Dealing with defeats, frustration and pressure,” she said.

“Competing in RG and Wimbledon, tournaments that I love, with all the preparation and effort that my team has made, not finding my tennis has been emotionally, a very hard blow.”

“To my followers and those who place their expectations on me, [this is] just to say that I’m sorry and I hope that the remaining six months of 2022 are more bearable and I can at least find those good feelings again."

Roddick reveals all about Djokovic spat

Novak Djokovic has had a few run ins with players over the years, but perhaps his first high-profile spat was with Andy Roddick.

A young Djokovic beat Roddick in the quarterfinals of the US Open, and he delighted in doing so after Roddick made comments accusing him of faking injury during the tournament.

At that stage of his career, Djokovic was unknowingly battling a glucose intolerance, and Roddick was asked about that night in New York at a recent event.

"Stuff like that happened a lot in locker rooms in the heat of the moment," Roddick said.

"Wouldn’t have come to blows. Never does. There were heated words. We actually talked it out that same night and have been fine ever since.

"We always have a nice hello when we see each other. All good."

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