Baseline: July 4 tennis report

Tennis: Novak Djokovic makes moves on and off the court in the final days leading to Wimbledon, while other changes continue to make the coaching carousel spin.

By Andrea Leand, PSN analyst

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NEWS WIRE

  • Novak Djokovic has added former Croatian star Mario Ancic to his support team for Wimbledon. Ancic, who earned a law degree at Columbia Law School after retiring from the tour, works for the financial firm Credit Suisse in New York but will join Andre Agassi for coaching duties for the fortnight.
  • More coaching moves: Jack Sock replaced Troy Hahn with former USTA coach Jay Berger; Tomas Berdych hired Czech player Radek Stepanek; former women’s No.1 Kim Clijsters will coach Yanina Wickmayer.
  • After a disappointing second-round exit at the French Open, Madison Keys underwent a second arthroscopic surgery in her left wrist to relieve pressure caused by scar tissue. Keys had the original surgery at the end of last year.

BACKHANDS

ATP TOUR: Aegon International Eastbourne

Final: Novak Djokovic def. Gael Monfils, 6-4, 6-3

  • Djokovic took a wild card into the last Wimbledon tuneup of the grasscourt season to win his second title of the year and improve his odds and confidence at Wimbledon.

WTA TOUR: Aegon International Eastbourne

Final: Karolina Pliskova def. Caroline Wozniacki, 6-4, 6-4

  • Wozniacki upset No.2 seed Simona Halep and reached the final to move to No.6 in the newest world rankings.
  • British star Johanna Konta upset top seed Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinals, but fell on match point and suffered a thoracic spinal injury requiring her to withdraw from her semifinal against Pliskova.

FOREHANDS

Wimbledon Championships

Men’s top seeds

  • Andy Murray: Britain’s superstar put concerns of an injured hip to rest and says after a month of consistent training with coach Ivan Lendl, he is better primed to defend his title.
  • Novak Djokovic: He’s brought out the troops with new coaches Agassi and Ancic and happy to snag the No.2 seed, but will he find the gumption from within to return to the winners circle?
  • Rafael Nadal: His domination on clay and 10th French Open title gives him the confidence and momentum to make the needed adjustments on grass to make another Grand Slam run.
  • Roger Federer: His magical year continued with a stellar performance to win Halle, but the year’s hottest player – and sentimental favorite – will need all his bags of tricks to prevail over a more inspired field.
  • Sleepers: Feliciano Lopez, John Isner, Keven Anderson

Women’s top seeds

  • Angelique Kerber: She reached last year’s final, but is nowhere near the physical or mental form this time to do it again.
  • Simona Halep: With the No.1 ranking in grasp, the diminutive Romanian runner seems to have put her disappointing loss in the French Open final behind her and moved on to a tougher task on the fast grass.
  • Karolina Pliskova: The tour’s top server has the brains and weapons to surpass her prior second-round progressions at the Championships and take a shot at grabbing her first Grand Slam title.
  • Caroline Wozniacki: The ESPN cover girl has her mojo back and characteristic grit and form to prove she has the game and the fast gams to return to No.1.
  • Sleepers: Petra Kvitova, Madison Keys, Ana Konjuh
  • Returns: Victoria Azarenka, Sloane Stephens

 

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