Best Bits of Wimbledon 2010

Jul 5, 2010

Best Bits of Wimbledon 2010; the top ten of everything good and entertaining at this year’s Wimbledon.

1. The Longest Match in History

Unfortunately Juan Martin del Potro could not attend Wimbledon, but a replacement Big Friendly Giant could be found in the just as lovely (and even taller) John Isner. He, along with Frenchman Mahut, played the longest match in tennis history;  a match that spanned 3 days, and a jaw-dropping 11 hours and 5 minutes. No wonder Isner went crashing out in his next match, I was surprised his legs didn’t fall off before he managed to put away the winning point on that 11 hour match…

2. The Latest Day at Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic and Olivier Rochus finished their match at 10.58pm thanks to the new roof over Wimbledon, the latest finish in Wimbledon history. It is written in the planning permission for the new roof and for Wimbledon, apparently, that no match can go beyond 11pm. Of course, the All England Tennis club could simply just decide to pay the fine for doing so, but thankfully none of that was needed.

3. The Djoker’s Back…

As a fan of Djokovic, it was nice to see him back to his more cheery self during the tournament. Ripping his shirt off at the end of his winning matches seemed certainly more like the old, carefree Djokovic that won the Australian Open in 2008. Good to have you back Nole.

4. …so is Rafa…

Rafael Nadal is certainly back on the form that gave him his fearsome reputation in 2008. Those forehands are deadly, his serve superb, and his fitness levels appear to be back to their lofty heights. All he needs to do is ensure that he looks after those dodgy knees of his, and he could have a fantastic shot at the US Open, particularly since del Potro won’t be able to play to defend his title this year.

5. …and so is the Queen

Her Royal Highness graced Wimbledon with her presence after 33 years of not visiting the tournament. After a lunch with the top international and British players, the Queen sat in the royal box to watch Andy Murray beat Jarkko Nieminen in straight sets; good job she chose that particular match. For one day only, the tradition of bowing/curtseying to the royal box was reintroduced, and centre court let out a collective sigh of relief when Andy got through that without doing something stupid like injuring himself. Well you have to admit, all that bowing and curtseying plays havoc with the back and hamstrings.

6. Women’s lower ranked players show top seeds who’s boss

Ok, so a Williams sister won the title eventually. But the names from the quarter finals onwards were hardly household ones, but that doesn’t mean they can’t make a Wimbledon entertaining. The likes of Zvonareva, Pironkova, Kanepi, Kvitova added an extra dimension to the women’s tournament.

7. No rain

Not sure if this is a good or bad thing, what with the All England tennis club spending an unspeakable amount of money on the new roof, but it was never needed throughout the tournament. ‘A very expensive and glorified sun shade’ one BBC commentator said dryly, as the hydrolichs The rain gods stayed away this year, leaving us with hot days and windy days, but no rain-delay days. Still, the tennis gods made sure that there was at least one disruption to normal schedule this year; come on, surely there must be others who notice the coincidence behind the longest match in history taking place in the driest Wimbledon for years? No? Just me then.

8. Britain won something

Andy Murray fell at the Nadal hurdle, Oliver Golding was beaten at the same stage by Australian Benjamin Mitchell  in the boy’s singles, Laura Robson went out in the semis too, but Britain triumped in the boys’ doubles. A bit difficult not to, seeing as both teams in the final were British, but well done to Liam Broady and Tom Farquharson for getting the boys’ doubles title and bringing some gold to Britain in its own tournament.

9. Shockers

Federer beaten by Berdych, Nadal being pushed to five sets in the early rounds, Venus Williams beaten by Pironkova in the quarter finals, John Isner and Nicolas Mahut exhausted themselves with a 70-68 game set, Lu sent Andy Roddick crashing from the tournament; one shocker after another kept us on our toes for the duration of the competition. Well we wouldn’t expet anything else from Wimbledon.

10. It’ll all be back next year

Yes, it’s sad to say goodbye to a tournament, particularly if one is as close to your heart as Wimbledon is to many tennis fans. But still, we can keep our spirits up that we can only look forward to next year; can Rafa get his title again, will Roger be back to his imperious form, can a new or relatively unknown player cause a top seed to go a cropper in the men’s as well as the women’s tournament? All questions we have to muse over in the quiet months until the US Open starts, when suddenly we’ll forget all about the strawberries and cream, cardigans and royal boxes, and start looking to America to provide us with the entertainment. Although Wimbledon will now be left quiet and peaceful, devoid of the top stars, the crowds and the paparazzi, at least we can look forward to it being flushed with energy once again this time next year.

But for now: on to America we go.

Written by: SophieG

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