Bopanna, Mergea make sound start at Wimbledon
India’s Rohan Bopanna and his Romanian partner Florin <g data-gr-id="43">Mergea</g> began their campaign at the Wimbledon championships with a hard-fought win over over Tim Smyczek and Jiri Vesley in the men’s doubles, here on Monday.
The ninth-seeded Indo-Romanian pair eked out a 6-3 7-6(1) 6-1 win over the unseeded American-Czech team in one hour and 26 minutes at court no. 19.
They next face <g data-gr-id="36">winner</g> of the first round match between pairs of Radek <g data-gr-id="37">Stepnek</g>/Mikhail Youzhny and Tomas Bellucci/Guillermo Durn.
All it took Bopanna and <g data-gr-id="38">Mergea</g> to take the first set was just 25 minutes. They broke the rivals in the fourth game and kept holding their serve for a solid 4-1 lead.
Smyczek and Vesley had two break <g data-gr-id="34">chances</g> but the ninth seeds saved them and served out the set in the ninth game.
Taking forward the first set domination, Bopanna and <g data-gr-id="35">Mergea</g> began the second set by breaking the Czech-American combine in the very first game.
English wine served at Wimbledon for <g data-gr-id="31">first</g> time
It will be a very different kind of first serve at this year’s Wimbledon tennis championship as English wine is offered to fans for the first time in the tournament’s 138-year history.
The chosen wine for the two-week championships, which opened here on Monday, is a white Pinot Gris 2014 from the Bolney estate in East Sussex.
Dry, fresh and aromatic, it has been chosen for fans attending the event as “a perfect match” for strawberries and cream. It will be served at catering outlets and hospitality areas throughout the 2015 tournament, The Guardian reported.
“We are so proud that our Pinot Gris has been selected to be served in the Wimbledon boxes this year. Being such a quintessentially English institution, it only seems right that English wine is being served.”
“To us, it shows how the quality and reputation of English wine has improved in recent years,” said Sam Linter, managing director and lead winemaker at the Bolney wine estate.