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26/06/2018

 

Day two of The Boodles 2014

Once again a stunning day of sunshine greeted guests at The Boodles on Wednesday. As well as diamonds and champagne a sparkling show of tennis was on display on the lush green lawns of Stoke Park.

Once again a stunning day of sunshine greeted guests at The Boodles on Wednesday. As well as diamonds and champagne a sparkling show of tennis was on display on the lush green lawns of Stoke Park.

The Boodles is once again proving to be the favoured preparation destination ahead of Wimbledon next week.

The World Number 9, Milos Raonic, praised the courts and atmosphere at Stoke Park after defeating Robin Haase from the Netherlands 4-6 6-4 10-5 - in 58 mins.

"The whole goal, especially as the turn around from clay is so short, is to keep getting better and I feel like today I played better than yesterday. I am going to just hope that each day I have leading up to Wimbledon and then every match or practice set that I may play, I will get better and I feel that is the most important thing" said Raonic.

The loss was not too concerning for Haase who says the event provides the best chance to work on the last few details of his game before The Championships on Monday.

"It's really good to play at The Boodles. It's a really good preparation for Wimbledon, the best preparation is to play matches, so here I can play a few and it is a great environment."

Philipp Kohlschreiber has spent days practicing on the Stoke Park courts and the experience paid off when he faced Italy's Fabio Fognini. The German winning 7-5 4-6 10-4 in 1 hour and 20 minutes.

"The Boodles is a great facility. It is more calm than Wimbledon itself and we have good hitting partners. It is good practice here and it is a lot of fun and obviously very good preparation for Wimbledon."

The German also added that his experience at The Boodles is key to helping his mental status before Wimbledon starts on Monday.

"I think it is a big factor because in the beginning of a Slam it's very crowded and there are so many players there and its not so easy to get time to practice, but here it's vey relaxed, it's a great feeling to be here and it's the best thing before a Grand Slam to come down a bit and then you are building up the tension."

Fabio Fognini has more matches to play at Stoke Park this week and says his first experience of the event today has left a great impression.

"I really enjoyed it. It was my first match after a long time on grass so I think it was a good preparation. I was feeling good on the court and I hope to prepare for a good Wimbledon."

In the final match of the day, the 6ft 8" South African, Kevin Anderson defeated Jack Sock from the United States 6-4 3-6 10-6.


Order of Play on Day 3 - Thursday 19th June - 2.30pm

Novak Djokovic (SRB) v Robin Haase (NED)

followed by

Ernests Gulbis (LAT) v Fabio Fognini (ITA)

followed by (not before 5pm)

Dominic Thiem (AUT) v Jack Sock (USA)

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