Thursday, it seems, was the day of the body shot at Wimbledon, and Nick Kyrgios, who unloaded on Rafael Nadal twice, wasn't the only culprit.
The blows that did more damage were actually thrown in a women's doubles match, by Jelena Ostapenko at Alize Cornet.
First, in the opening set, Ostapenko punched a hard volley right at Cornet's body, knocking her backward and almost over. Still, it was a a virtually harmless play in doubles that happens all the time:
Here’s Ostapenko hitting Cornet pic.twitter.com/9OuOcHXAOh— Harry (@hecairns) July 4, 2019
But later, with Ostapenko serving at deuce down 3-4 in the deciding set, a must-hold situation, Cornet found herself in the way again, when Ostapenko misfired a second serve to the wrong side of the court.
Cornet, having lost the point for getting hit, then protested to the umpire:
But Cornet and partner Petra Martic won that game anyway, and the next one too, to defeat No. 14 seeds Ostapenko and Veronika Kudermetova, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
While that matter may be settled for the moment, Wimbledon remains a dangerous place on Friday—the worst hit yet nearly occurred at Elina Svitolina's three-set win over Maria Sakkari. (h/t @Hurleytennis)
Let's hope things calm down before some actually gets hurt.