Wimbledon Glance: Rising star Gauff placed on Centre Court

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — A quick look at Wimbledon:

LOOKAHEAD TO FRIDAY

Coco Gauff is such a big draw at Wimbledon these days that she’ll be the headline act on Centre Court. The 15-year-old American will play the last match of the day on the All England Club’s biggest showcourt when she faces Polona Hercog of Slovenia in the third round. It’s another sign of how quickly Gauff has become a star at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament after beating Venus Williams and Magdalena Rybarikova in the first two rounds. It’s almost unheard of for two unseeded players with little Grand Slam pedigree to be placed on Centre Court in one of the early rounds — unless one is British. Another exciting teenager, 18-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, will also try to reach the last 16 when he takes on Ugo Humbert on No. 1 Court. Defending men’s champion Novak Djokovic will also be on No. 1 Court, facing Hubert Hurkacz.

FRIDAY’S FORECAST

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Partly cloudy. High of 81 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius).

THURSDAY’S WEATHER

Partly cloudy. High of 79 degrees Fahrenheit (26 degrees Celsius).

THURSDAY’S KEY RESULTS

Men’s second round: No. 2 Roger Federer beat Jay Clarke 6-1, 7-6 (3), 6-2; No. 3 Rafael Nadal beat Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3); Mikhail Kukushkin beat No. 9 John Isner 6-4, 6-7 (3), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4; Joao Sousa beat No. 13 Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

Women’s second round: No. 1 Ash Barty beat Alison van Uytvanck 6-1, 6-3; Lauren Davis beat No. 5 Angelique Kerber 2-6, 6-2, 6-1; No. 6 Petra Kvitova beat Kristina Mladenovic 7-5, 6-2; No. 11 Serena Williams beat Kaja Juvan 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

STAT OF THE DAY

143 – The speed of Nick Kyrgios’ second-serve ace against Rafael Nadal when trailing 5-2 in the first set — the fastest serve of the tournament so far.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I’m not the most professional guy. I won’t train day in, day out. I won’t show up every day.” – Nick Kyrgios on his chances to one day win a Grand Slam tournament.

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