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Americans at Wimbledon: Emma Navarro and Tommy Paul go under the tennis radar.“I just came here to play tennis, I don’t care what court they put me on,” Who said it ? find Out Details 

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Americans at Wimbledon: Emma Navarro and Tommy Paul go under the tennis radar.“I just came here to play tennis, I don’t care what court they put me on,” Who said it ? find Out Details 

 

WIMBLEDON — American tennis has long been the haven of big names and big personalities.

 

 

 

McEnroe and Navratilova, Agassi and Roddick, Williams and Williams, and Gauff and Shelton.

All of them lived and live in the spotlight, at times seeking it out like flakes of iron rising to a magnet.

At the 2024 edition of Wimbledon, the three Americans left in the draw have landed in the quarterfinals on their talent and their masterful way of floating under the radar.

The biggest names, with Grand Slam titles and late-stage pedigree — Coco Gauff, Ben Shelton, Jessica Pegula, and Frances Tiafoe — are all out, though Gauff and Pegula remain in the doubles.

The Americans still standing are the ones who don’t come into a tournament with hordes curious about their results each day — at least not yet.

They don’t mind all that much. Life can be a bit calmer that way.

No 19 seed Emma Navarro was hanging around the house she and her family have rented in Wimbledon Village the other day.

There were some workers doing maintenance on the roof. They spotted her down below.

“They shouted out at me, ‘Good luck today,’ so that was pretty cool,” Navarro, 23, said after her fourth-round win over Gauff, who has had people recognizing her since her pre-teen years.

Tommy Paul, who is seeded 12th, takes on Carlos Alcaraz on Tuesday afternoon. After winning the Wimbledon tuneup at Queen’s Club in west London, Paul became the top-ranked American man, with a smaller number next to his name than the compatriots he regularly sees on massive billboards.

Paul is 27 and has been on the professional tour for six years. He made the semifinals of the Australian Open last year.

He entered Centre Court — the building, not the court — for the first time last week to watch Tiafoe, a close friend, take on Alcaraz. Paul has been playing his matches this year on the smaller show courts.

“I just came here to play tennis, I don’t care what court they put me on,” he said, as if the All England Club was some little tennis center in the sticks.

There’s also Taylor Fritz, the 13th seed, who came back from two sets down against Alexander Zverev on Centre Court on Monday.

When it mattered, he finally figured out how to keep Zverev and his ailing knee on the run, forcing him to bend painfully into Fritz’s low, flat shots, especially on the backhand side.

What did Zverev have to say about it?

“I was on one leg out there today,” he said. He also didn’t like people from Fritz’s box cheering so loudly when his opponent was injured.

“People who may not be from the tennis world,” he said about a box containing Fritz’s tennis team; his dad, a former professional, and his girlfriend, social media influencer Morgan Riddle, who may be better known with large segments of the population than he is and who is responsible for some immeasurable amount of his popularity.

“When ur man wins 4 the girls,” was her assessment of their match.

Fritz has flirted with the radar. He was one of the stars of “Break Point,” the Netflix show about life on the tennis tour.

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