Stunt rider Macaskill blazes a trail on Wim­ble­don courts with Hen­man’s help

● Mer­cury rises in SW19 as Skye man re­leases new video

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By MAR­TYN MCLAUGH­LIN mm­claugh­lin@scots­

He has per­formed per­ilous stunts on moun­tain ridges, train tracks, and craggy coast­lines, but for his lat­est show­piece, the Scot­tish tri­als rider, Danny Macaskill, has cho­sen an al­to­gether more gen­teel lo­ca­tion.

The 31-year-old has teamed up with some fa­mous names from the world of ten­nis for a se­ries of tricks on the green lawns of Wim­ble­don.

The dare­devil cy­clist, who shot to fame after a friend pub­lished a video on­line of him per­form­ing his seem­ingly im­pos­si­ble stunts, has teamed up with Tim Hen­man, the for­mer Bri­tish num­ber one, and Go­ran Ivaniše­vić, a one­time Wim­ble­don cham­pion, for his lat­est fea­ture.

A se­ries of videos and pic­tures, re­leased yes­ter­day, show the Skye-born stunt rider leap­ing over Hen­man as he and Ivaniše­vić con­test a match at the All Eng­land Club.

The stunt se­quence, spon­sored by a lead­ing high street bank, also fea­tures Judy Mur­ray as she re­unites with An­ton Du Beke, her for­mer part­ner on Strictly Come Danc­ing.

One im­age shows Macaskill cy­cling across the net whilst Hen­man, a four-time Wim­ble­don semi-fi­nal­ist, waits to re­turn the ball in a rally with Ivaniše­vić.

Macaskill, from Skye, joked that his role at SW19 was part “um­pir­ing” and part “get­ting in the way”. The ex­pe­ri­ence, he added, made for “an awe­some time.”

Although the full video of Macaskill’s ex­ploits in SW19 has yet to be re­leased, a 30 se­cond pre­view shows him cy­cling around the court, at one point bal­anc­ing on top of the um­pire’s chair, ready to jump on to the top of the net.

It comes as the third day of Wim­ble­don proved event­ful both on and off the courts, as tem­per­a­tures soared to 31C.

Two women fainted while watch­ing the match be­tween Juan Martin Del Potro and Ernests Gul­bis in the scorch­ing heat. Play was sus­pended for around 20 min­utes while St John Am­bu­lance staff re­moved them from the stands for treat­ment.

Else­where, the Lux­em­bourg player, Mandy Minella, who is four-and-a-half months preg­nant, was de­feated in the women’s dou­bles com­pe­ti­tion along­side her part­ner, Anas­tasija Sev­ast. The 31-yearold, who was pic­tured with her hus­band, Tim, kiss­ing her bump on court, vowed to re­turn next year.

Off the court, mean­while, the Aus­tralian player Bernard Tomic was dumped by his racket spon­sors, Head, just hours after he was fined more than £10,000 fol­low­ing his out­spo­ken press con­fer­ence on Tues­day. The 24-yearold, who was beaten in straight sets by Mis­cha Zverev, claimed he was “bored” dur­ing the match, and ad­mit­ted call­ing for the trainer, even though he was not in­jured.

Amer­i­can Bethanie Mattek-sands suf­fered a sick­en­ing in­jury and had to be taken from court on a stretcher. The 32-year-old’s knee ap­peared to buckle as she slipped dur­ing her match with Ro­mani- an So­rana Cirstea on Court 17. In ob­vi­ous dis­tress, Mat­teksands screamed “Help me” as she lay on the turf in front of hor­ri­fied spec­ta­tors.

Andy Mur­ray, pre­par­ing for to­day’s match against Italy’s Fabio Fognini, posted a pho­to­graph on In­sta­gram of a fan’s pros­thetic leg he and Rafael Nadal had au­to­graphed.

“Signed a few things over the years,” the world num­ber one wrote. “This was def­i­nitely a first.”

“Signed a few things over the years. This was def­i­nitely a first”

ANDY MUR­RAY After sign­ing a fan’s pros­thetic leg

0 Net gain: Danny Macaskill, king of the stunt cy­clists, per­forms a dare­devil ride, block­ing Tim Hen­man’s ef­forts to play ten­nis at Wim­ble­don

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