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11.20am. We arrive at the Gate, just next to Court 2, after the obligatory bag search and a cheery “Welcome to Wimbledon!” from the security (many of which serve in the armed forces).
I took in one of my favourite views of the day, that first glimpse of Centre Court in all its glory, in splendid surroundings underneath bright blue sky. The outside courts and pathways between them were as ever a hubbub of noise and people, the courts themselves primed and ready for the days play.
Dustin Brown’s inspired performance on Centre Court last night proved the undoing of 10th seed Rafa Nadal- who has failed to make it to the second week of the Championships for the fourth year running. The Spaniard himself doubts he will ever regain the form on grass that brought him the Wimbledon title in 2008 and 2010. Continue reading
Just one more sleep until the best tennis tournament of the year, Wimbledon 2015! With one top ten Spanish seed already announcing their withdrawal from the tournament, I take a look at what could be in store for all those vying to become champion on the hallowed Centre Court turf, as well as the all important ‘Order of Play’ for tomorrow.
On 7th June Stan Wawrinka became the new champion at the French Open, denying world number 1 Novak Djokovic his best chance of a career and perhaps calendar Grand Slam. It is the Swiss’ 2nd Grand Slam trophy- his first being the Australian Open 2014. But could his rise in the rankings to world number 4, mean more glory is in store at Wimbledon 2015?
The Game is on. We are all set for a clash of two great tennis titans, searching for a place in history. While Djokovic is still on the hunt for his 1st title at the French Open, Nadal seeks his 10th in 11 years- and yet, Djokovic presents the Spaniard with perhaps the toughest test of his career so far…
Roland Garros- a.k.a The French Open. It has been the domain of Spaniard Rafa Nadal for the best part of a decade. He has won a stunning 9 titles in Paris, but has he lost his grip on number 10?
The draw is out for the French Open and anticipation mounts ahead of the action beginning on Sunday. For the first time in a decade there is legitimate doubt over whether Rafa Nadal- the “King of Clay”, can win here for a record tenth time. No man has won more at Grand Slam level, but predicting the champion this year is proving a little more tricky owing to Nadal’s obvious drop in form. Is this the end of Rafa’s reign, or will he rise to triumph against the odds?
Andy Murray yesterday pulled off a shocker of a win against home favourite, and 4-time previous champion Rafa Nadal at the Masters 1000 Tournament in Madrid, dominating the Spaniard in straight sets 6-3 6-2. Scrawling “Marriage Works” on the camera post-match, there’s no doubting it’s the best that Murray has ever played on the surface- and should make for an interesting Roland Garros. Continue reading
A substantial increase in prize money and new additions to the grounds are some of the many exciting improvements for The Championships in 2015. Regarded by many as the world’s top tennis tournament, Wimbledon looks to be setting the standard once again, showing just why it’s the £1.88m Grand Slam.
The final of this year’s BNP Paribas Open lived up to the billing, Novak Djokovic took on Roger Federer and came out on top, winning 6-3, 6-7(7), 6-2. With the Miami Masters 1000 event now on the horizon, can the Serb repeat his success in the Florida heat?