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GAYLE blasted a
ferocious unbeaten 80
as West Indies won
the second Test on
"A victory against
the hosts will be like
a title to them."
Brazil s DAVID
LUIZ on Cameroon s
chances against the
host in today s final
opening round match.
(Ext: 2213, 2711,
champion Stan Wawrinka and the
highest-ranked American man, John
Isner, have been elected to the ATP
Council members were announced
Saturday, two days before Wimbledon.
They will serve two-year terms.
Others elected in the player vote
include: Kevin Anderson, Gilles Simon,
Jurgen Melzer, Sergiy Stakhovsky,
Raven Klaasen, Bruno Soares, Eric
Butorac, Andre Sa. The new council's
first meeting will be in New York
before the US Open in August, when it
will elect a president and vice
president. Roger Federer is stepping
down after serving as council
president since 2008.
Said Federer: "Clearly we made big
strides in prize money...I think we were
able to calm things down a little bit,
because things were quite hectic when
I came onto the council."
LONDON---A look at Wimbledon,
the year s third Grand Slam tennis
Surface: Grass courts.
Site: All England Lawn Tennis Club
Schedule: Play begins today. The
women's singles final is July 5; the
men's singles final is July 6. There
are no matches scheduled for the
two-week tournament's middle
Sunday, June 29.
2013 Men's Singles Champion:
Andy Murray of Britain.
2013 Women's Singles Champion:
Marion Bartoli of France.
Last Year: Murray ended the host
country's 77-year wait by becoming
the first British man since Fred
Perry in 1936 to win Wimbledon,
beating Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-
4. Hitting with two hands off both
wings, seeded only 15th, and
without a title from any
tournament in more than 1 1/2
years, Bartoli beat Sabine Lisicki 6-
1, 6-4. It was Bartoli's first Grand
Slam trophy---and her last, because
less than six weeks later, she
surprisingly announced her
retirement at age 28, saying her
"body was really starting to fall
On Court Today: No 1 Novak
Djokovic vs. Andrey Golubev, No 3
Andy Murray vs. David Goffin, No 6
Tomas Berdych vs. Victor Hanescu,
No 11 Grigor Dimitrov vs. Ryan
Harrison; No 2 Li Na vs. Paula
Kania, No 4 Agnieszka Radwanska
vs. Andreea Mitu, No 6 Petra
Kvitova vs. Andrea Hlavackova, No
8 Victoria Azarenka vs. Mirjana
Lucic-Baroni, No 30 Venus Williams
vs. Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor.
Forecast: Cloudy, with a high of 73
degrees (23 Celsius).
Stat of the Day: 35---Titles from the
past 37 Grand Slam tournaments
for the "Big 4" of Roger Federer,
Rafael Nadal, Djokovic and Murray.
Quote of the Day: "It's possible it
doesn't work. It has nothing to do
with whether she's a woman or
not. That's not why it will work or
not work."---Murray, on hiring 2006
Wimbledon champion Amelie
Mauresmo as his coach.
Prize Money: Total is 25 million
pounds (about $42.5 million), an
increase of more than 10 percent
from a year ago, with 1.76 million
pounds (nearly $3 million) each to
the men's and women's singles
LONDON---There they were, spread
across the practice courts on the after-
noon before Wimbledon begins: past
Grand Slam champions or former No
1s---Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka,
Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki---
and some who aspire to such heights---
Eugenie Bouchard, Milos Raonic,
Djokovic, the 2011 winner at the All
England Club and last year s runner-
up to Andy Murray, teasingly challenged
Wozniacki to hit a serve into a white
plastic bag he was holding (she missed,
then joked about "too much pressure.")
Kvitova tested her heavily wrapped
upper right leg. Bouchard, a semifinalist
at the last two majors, worked on vol-
Notably absent was 2013 champion
Marion Bartoli, the first woman in 17
years who declined to try to defend her
Wimbledon title. Still, Bartoli held the
traditional reigning champion s pre-
tournament news conference yesterday,
when she explained she has zero lin-
gering doubts about retiring at age 28,
less than two months after winning
her only Grand Slam trophy---and also
showed precisely why she quit the
Tugging down the collar of her white
top to reveal strips of blue tape pro-
viding support for her right shoulder,
Bartoli said: "Literally, I can t even lift
my arm every morning. It was the same
last year and didn t improve. ... So def-
initely no regrets at all."
She has moved on to other pursuits---
TV commentary, launching a shoe line
and designing jewelry.
Ah, but Bartoli will always have her
Wimbledon championship, and she
takes great pride in that.
"Sometimes, people ask me, Who
are you? I just say, I m the Wimbledon
champion. It just speaks by itself," she
said. "I don t even need to mention
When the All England Club s suit-
and-tie-clad moderator began yester-
day s proceedings by intoning, "I have
great pleasure in introducing Marion
Bartoli, our current ladies singles
champion," the Frenchwoman pumped
her fists and smiled broadly.
During the question-and-answer
session, Bartoli noted no fewer than
three times that she won last year s
tournament without dropping a set.
She revealed that every couple of days,
she ll log on to YouTube and watch a
video of the 101 mph (163 kph) ace she
hit---a spray of chalk dust proving it
was in---to close her victory over Sabine
Lisicki in the final.
Her coach for that magical fortnight
was Amelie Mauresmo, a former No 1
and two-time major champion who
recently was hired by Murray as he
attempts to win a second consecutive
title at Wimbledon.
Murray, the first British man in 77
years to earn the championship at the
All England Club, will have the honor
of opening play today on Centre Court,
facing Belgium s David Goffin.
"I believe if I play my best tennis,
I ll give myself a chance of doing well
here; putting myself in a position to
win the tournament," the No 3-seeded
Murray said Sunday. "But you can t
start off slowly in these tournaments.
You need to try and be on it from the
first match. I ll be ready for tomorrow."
Other top men in action today are
the No 1-seeded Djokovic, 2010 run-
ner-up Tomas Berdych and No 11 Grigor
Dimitrov, who faces American qualifier
Ryan Harrison. Women on the schedule
include two-time champion Venus
Williams, No 2 Li Na, 2012 runner-up
Agnieszka Radwanska and No 8 Victoria
Azarenka, who is coming off a left foot
The last woman to skip a title defense
at Wimbledon was Steffi Graf in 1997,
shortly after knee surgery.
Bartoli left tennis primarily because
of "too many question marks" about
As the start of the French Open
approached last month, Bartoli said,
people stopped her on the streets of
Paris to say they hoped she would fare
well in that tournament.
Even Sunday, wandering around the
local village, this sort of exchange hap-
pened, according to Bartoli:
"So how do you feel? Do you feel
it s going to be hard to defend your
"Um, not really, because I m not
going to defend it." (AP)
...Bartoli not defending Wimbledon crown
Marion Bartoli, of France, smiles as she holds the trophy after winning the women's singles final against Sabine Lisicki, of
Germany, at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, last year. AP PHOTO
WIMBLEDON AT A GLANCE
Wawrinka, Isner elected to new ATP Player Council
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