The third Grand Slam of the 2017 calendar year has come and gone. 2 weeks of non-stop action – exempting the first Sunday – produced eye-catching headlines, the minor (or not?) issue of gender inequality and the over 30’s giving the younger generation some tennis lessons.
Wimbledon 2017 saw Roger Federer win yet another Grand Slam title while Garbine Muguruza stopped Venus Williams from becoming the oldest women’s Grand Slam winner.
The competition’s now done and dusted. But still in awe of the amazing tournament, we take a look in the rear mirror and reminisce about the reasons why we won’t forget Wimbledon 2017 in a hurry.
- Roger Federer
All hail the king of grass courts! 8 Wimbledon titles, 19 Grand Slam titles. The numbers speak for themselves. Throughout the tournament, the Swiss champ seemed to go quietly about his business.
He was happy to, in a way, let the spotlight shine on the others – homeboy Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal who was fresh off winning the French Open, Novak Djokovic and his new popular trainer – while he “sneaked” his way into the finals.
The 35-year old, having found himself in the final, finished what he started… this time without dropping a set all tournament long! This one sounds like a two-in-one reason.
- The Early Casualties
What’s a tennis tourney without early exists and surprise upsets of top-ranking superstars? It’s a norm. But what happens when all these upsets and knockouts find a way to happen at once?
This year, the Wimbledon witnessed so many early casualties, especially in the Gentlemen’s category. By the end of the first week of action, Stan Wawrinka, Juan Martin del Potro, Kei Nishikori, Tsonga and Monfils were already out of the tournament.
While some of these ousters had to do with being beaten (see the longest match of the tournament that lasted 285 minutes!), some others had one thing or the other to do with injuries; injuries painful enough to force players to retire.
Of course, these absences did not make the tournament any boring. It just left fans wondering what could have been.
- Manic Monday
This one was the biggest and busiest day of the tournament. Even though a handful of superstars were already knocked out, 16 men and 16 women were in action…on the same day!
Asides struggling to keep up with action across all courts, tennis fans also battled to keep up with the news of big name exists.
On this Manic Monday, names like Victoria Azarenka, Angelique Kerber, Caroline Wozniacki, Elina Svitolina, Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev, were all bolted out of the competition.
Sounds like some tennis giants were massacred on Manic Monday.
The Wimbledon singles are over for another year. While the different kind of tennis tours will continue, the next stop for a Grand Slam is in New York. Roger is the king, Garbine is the queen. Federer will now climb into the ATP (Association of Tennis Players) Rankings top three with this win, kicking Wawrinka off to No. 4.
Hey, New York. See you soon!
P.S.: And your most unforgettable moment of Wimbledon 2017 is….? Leave us a comment and relive those moments with us.
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