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Bouchard fancies she has the Blake Lively look

Mark Hodgkinson
July 4, 2014
Blake Lively, the face of L'Oreal, has featured in films such as Green Lantern and Savages © AP

If somebody were to make a film about the life of Milos Raonic - who has reached the last four of a grand slam for the first time - he would like the director to cast Brad Pitt. "I guess anybody good-looking, that would help my ego a little bit," the Canadian has told Diary. Grigor Dimitrov, meanwhile, would like Johnny Depp to play him in the Dimitrov movie, while Eugenie Bouchard would have a preference for Blake Lively, and Petra Kvitova would choose Julia Roberts.

Don't get too friendly!

Social butterflies don't tend to win too many Wimbledon titles. "You have to accept that your social life is going to take a hit," Eugenie Bouchard, into her first final at the All England Club, has told Diary of life as an ambitious young tennis player.

Eugenie Bouchard doesn't expect too many laughs on tour © Getty Images

"It's not possible to be a professional tennis player and to do all the normal things that most girls of my age are doing. But I'm okay with that. I've accepted that there are sacrifices," said the 20-year-old, known as 'Genie', who believes it's impossible to have close friends on the tour.

"But you have to make a decision and stick with that if you're going to succeed. Still, that doesn't mean that you can't have any fun on the tour. Playing tennis is a job. It's good to have some friends, but you can only have a limited number. It's just not easy to be friends with a lot of the girls when you're going to be competing against them each week."

The cat in the hat

Anna Kournikova once said that those who go to the bother of wearing a disguise are only going to draw more attention to themselves. But Boris Becker has been showing the value of a hat pulled low.

The Wimbledon Diary spotted Becker walking incognito through the All England Club, making the journey from the Aorangi Park practice complex, past The Hill, and though the crowds to the locker-room. He must have passed thousands of tennis lovers, but he didn't seem to be attracting too many second glances, if any at all. Certainly, no one was bothering him. So the next time you're at Wimbledon, and you see someone walking past with a black cap covering the wearer's face, take a closer look - it could be the man who won this tournament as a 17-year-old.

Mark Hodgkinson is the author of Lendl: The Man Who Made Murray. Hodgkinson is writing daily pieces for ESPN during Wimbledon.

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