Rafael Nadal says he was 'close' to retirement just days before Wimbledon started, but he 'no longer feels that way.' Nadal moved into the third round of the tournament with a 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win over Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis on Thursday. The injury was so bad during Roland Garros that Nadal needed painkilling injections and refused to ruled out being forced to retire soon due to the problem.
Jamie Murray and Venus Williams will get their mixed doubles campaign under way on Friday.
Natela Dzalamidze, who switched from representing Russia to playing for Georgia on the eve of Wimbledon, said Thursday she had always intended to change her nationality to boost her dreams of taking part in the Olympics.