Good day Wimbledon

Jun 22, 2009

I’m not sure about anyone else, but it feels as though Wimbledon has really crept up on me. One minute Federer is falling to his knees on the blood red clay of Rolland Garros, the next Andy Murray is starring shirtless on the front of The Radio Times and sales of strawberries and cream are starting to pick up.

At least that is how we celebrate the start of Wimbledon over here in England. In the summer, British sport comes to life: there’s the Ashes for cricket, the Grand Prix for racing (this year its last year at the historic Silverstone), and then there’s Wimbledon. And so when the summer comes, we celebrate in style.

Even those who don’t follow the other Grand Slams have barely been able to catch their breath after Rafael Nadal beat Federer in that epic Wimbledon final last year. And those of us that have been following the last twelve months of tennis are having to strap on an oxygen mask even after Day One at Wimbledon.

Wimbledon’s first day encapuslated some of the most important things about the tournament to come:

1) the absence of Nadal: it is tradition for the champion to open up on Centre Court at the start of the new Wimbledon tournament, but this year Federer had the honours as runner-up. It was a shame; the Majorcan is unable to play due to tendonitis and fluid on his kneecaps (you wouldn’t believe how much that makes me shudder), and after the epic final last year and his early exit from the French Open, he will be sorely missed.

2) a shock exit: James Blake – seed 17 – has already been knocked out by Andreas Seppi 7-5 6-4 7-6 (7-5). He was tipped to do well too; mostly as one of the ones who could do well without the shadow of Nadal over the tournament

3) a bit of Federer class: Federer beat Lu of Chinese Taipei in one hour forty four minutes. Well, even without Nadal at least we have good old Roger here….

4) strawberries: a punnet has been frozen this year at £2.25 for 10.

5) British disappointment: Robson out on her debut in the senior tournament after a wildcard from winning the Girls’ 2008.

The first day is coming to a close but there is little that has happened that is unexpected: a stalwart British tradition has got underway for the 123rd year on a row and I, for one, can’t wait for it to truly get going.

I don’t want to make any predictions right now, but expect a few tentative ones in the days to come. First of all; how many times the phrase ‘ pulling a Soderling’ is used.

- SophieG

Written by: SophieG

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