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Djokovic's golf capers and the trouble with being Young

ESPN staff
June 25, 2012
Novak Djokovic had a mischievous glint in his eye as he made his way onto Centre Court © PA Photos
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Anyone for golf?
All eyes may be on the All England Club for the next fortnight, but it looks like Novak Djokovic might be considering a new challenge. As he took to Centre Court ahead of his win over Juan Carlos Ferrero, Djokovic pulled out a small-sized golf club out of his racket bag. Rest assured he used a normal tennis racket to see off Ferrero in straight sets, but with qualifying taking place this week for a place at next month's Open, perhaps the Serb is considering moonlighting as a golfer...

The Young and the Restless
Following Ashley Young's penalty miss against Italy at Euro 2012, Donald Young suffered his 12th consecutive defeat at the hands of birthday boy Mikhail Youzhny. Young had been looking good value when he won the opener, but suffered a momentous meltdown to hand the advantage to his opponent, who celebrated his 30th birthday on Monday. Having lost seven consecutive games, Young screamed in frustration: "Everytime I get here I play like a punk". Neil Young, you have been warned.

Italian hangover
Italy's footballers may be into the Euro 2012 semi-finals at the expense of England, but there was little for Italian tennis fans to cheer about as Flavia Pennetta and Potito Starace were two early casualties on Day One. Pennetta, the No. 16 seed, was the first seed to fall as she lost to (compatriot) Camila Giorgi, while Starace was forced to retire from his clash against Ryan Sweeting with a back injury. Fabio Fognini did seal his progress, but his reward is a second-round clash against six-time champion Roger Federer, who was in devastating form as he raced past Spaniard Albert Ramos for the loss of just three games.

Nalby booted out of SW19
On the day that David Nalbandian returned to the English grass court since the infamous 'shingate', the Argentine was kicked out of Wimbledon. There was no histrionics or bloodshed as Nalbandian kept his cool, but he was dumped out in straight sets by eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic.

Cameraman takes a tumble
As Elena Vesnina celebrated her first-round win over five-time champion Venus Williams by signing some autographs for fans on Court No. 2, a cameraman swivelled the camera around trying to get a better shot of victorious Russian, who was stood right next to him. As he leaned round to get the best angle, he went too far and tumbled over the top of the fence, landing on his back with the camera on top of him. He suffered no lasting damage, with just a few bruises and his pride a little dented.

Pressing matters
As Agnieszka Radwanska headed into her press conference following her first round win over Magdalena Rybarikova, she bumped into Richard Gasquet and did her best to convince the Frenchman to take her place. Sadly, he declined, but we'd love to know Gasquet's thoughts on grunting.

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