Sports Digest: Nadal falls in first round at Wimbledon

2013-06-24T21:15:00Z 2013-09-16T18:49:12Z Sports Digest: Nadal falls in first round at Wimbledon
June 24, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro tennis

NADAL LOSES AT WIMBLEDON TO 135TH-RANKED PLAYER: For the second straight year, Rafael Nadal is leaving Wimbledon early after a stunning loss to a little-known player ranked in the hundreds.

In one of the tournament's greatest upsets, an ailing Nadal was knocked out in straight sets Monday by 135th-ranked Steve Darcis of Belgium — the Spaniard's first loss in the opening round of any Grand Slam event.

The free-swinging Darcis defeated the two-time champion 7-6 (4), 7-6 (8), 6-4 on Court 1, ending Nadal's 22-match winning streak and eliminating one of the Big Four of men's tennis on the very first day of the grass-court Grand Slam.

There were no surprises for the other big names: Defending champion Roger Federer, bidding for a record eighth Wimbledon title, and second-seeded Andy Murray both won in straight sets on Centre Court.

Nadal was sidelined for seven months with a left knee injury after losing in the second round of Wimbledon last year. He seemed to be struggling physically Monday. He was unable to turn on the speed or use his legs to spring into his groundstrokes, limping and failing to run for some shots.

Nadal declined to blame any injury and gave full credit to the 29-year-old Darcis, who had never beaten a top-5 player before and has yet to go beyond the third round of any Grand Slam.


Pro basketball

FIGHT INVOLVING SCOTTIE PIPPEN INVESTIGATED: Former Bulls star Scottie Pippen was questioned Monday about a fight that occurred over the weekend between him and an autograph seeker outside a Malibu restaurant, authorities said.

Pippen came in voluntarily to a substation after he was named as a suspect in an investigation of an assault with intent to commit great bodily injury, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said. He was there for about an hour and was released pending further investigation.

The victim was taking pictures inside Nobu restaurant late Sunday while Pippen, 47, dined with his family, said sheriff's Capt. Patrick Davoren.

When Pippen went outside to the parking lot, the man continued to take pictures and sought the Hall-of-Famer's autograph, Davoren said.

An argument ensued that led to the altercation, investigators said.

The man was taken to a hospital with a head injury and was treated and released.


Prep volleyball

HIGH SCHOOL OFFICIAL TRAINING SESSIONS START JULY 8: The Lake County Athletic Officials Association will hold training classes for interested high school volleyball referees beginning July 8.

Sessions take place at Diggz Volleyball Center, 4590 W. 61st Ave., in Hobart. For details, call Steve Kline at (219) 730-1663, or email


Around the horn

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