It's that time of year again, we reluctantly put down the strawberries and cream, fruity glasses of Pimm’s and say goodbye to crisp tennis white and riveting matches that have had us Wimbledon fanatics glued to the box.
This year Britain’s tennis buzz won’t be fading any time soon as yesterday’s final saw Andy Murray bring the trophy home in a spectacular straight set victory against world number one, Novak Djokovic. Murray’s success saw him make history as well as headlines, becoming the first British champion for 77 years.
2013’s Wimbledon has given us one unforgettable fortnight with the unexpected departures of several top seeds in week one and a string of unanticipated injuries. The twice Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal failed to make it past the first round, losing to the Belgian player, Steve Darcis, ranked 135 in the world. Similarly, the reigning champion, Roger Federer failed to defend his crown after a second round defeat that surprised us all. This was Federer’s earliest Wimbledon exit since 2002 and at the age of 32, is this the fall of arguably the best player of all time?
The female division was a similar 2 week rollercoaster. Although there was no home town champion, Britain is thrilled with Laura Robson’s success as she became the nation’s first women to reach the second week of the competition in 15 years. Although her winning run came to an end in the 4th round, the 19 year old is tipped to be a future grand slam winner and has plenty of time to claim the Wimbledon crown.
Never mind the demise of Nadal and Federer, the exit of female top-seed and defending champion Serena Williams represented the most shocking turn of events in this champion-slaying competition. Her opponent, Sabine Lisicki played her way to the final where she was tearfully defeated by Marion Bartoli of France (who saved her tears for the presentation!). Bartoli’s dominating performance on Saturday followed a tournament of convincing performances in which she didn’t give away a single set.
The count down to Wimbledon 2014 has officially begun and with such a surprising turn of events, who knows which names will feature on next years draw. One question playing on everyone’s minds is will we be welcoming “Sir Andrew Murray” on court to defend his title?