Wimbledon just days away

Jun 16, 2011

Yes that’s right, we’ve barely had time to catch our breath and already Wimbledon is bearing down on us. We’ve hardly had time to get over our sunburn from the French Open and soon we’ll be on the cool grass of the All England Tennis Club. For us Brits, this is the official start to our summer, and for the rest of the world it is the true start of the grass season and a great midway point in the tennis calendar. Standing at number 3 of the four grand slams, we start to see new faces emerge as those with grass court specialities come to the fore.

But what has been happening in this short rest between the two grand slams? In Eastbourne, the women’s players have been battling it out to prove their mettle in their warm up tournament before Wimbledon. One piece of exciting news is that both Serena and Venus Williams are back in the tournament, which is a particularly special moment for Serena after having a blood clot scare on her lungs during her injury absence.

Despite cries that their return will just place the rankings back into that usual Williams vs. Williams battle, I have faith that in the Williams sisters absence some amazing players have grown and blossomed. They definitely have more competition on their hands this year. Unfortunately, one player that won’t be able to give the Williams sisters a run for their money is Kim Clijsters. She has been ruled out of Wimbledon after injuring her foot, which is a real shame just before the start of one of the most exciting tournament’s of the year.

Over at the men’s side of things, Andy Murray had a good warm up to Wimbledon by winning the title at Queen’s. He beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in three sets and so has set off on a good foot for the grass court season. Unfortunately, so too has the British media. Once again the man has no breathing room and is about to be suffocated by expectation and wild, unsupported, ridiculous statements in which he is seen as the outright winner, the unrivalled favourite, and by the way the papers are going he may be touted as the Saviour himself by the end of the week. Let’s hope Murray can hold his breath and doesn’t choke. He is seeded fourth behind Rafa, Djokovic, and Federer (who are seeded in that order)

Murray will be having another warm up in an exhibition match tomorrow at Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire. His opponent has yet to be named.  Fernando Verdasco, Juan Martin del Potro and David Nalbandian are a few of the names who will also be joining Murray at Stoke park. Novak Djokovic has been resting his knee since the French Open but has gone back to playing in the shadow of Wimbledon, and today he will be facing Gilles Simon at Boodles.

-          SophieG

Written by: SophieG

(4) Comments

DonDenman says:
Jun 20, 2011

Sophie,

Tono100 and I would love it if you would join us in the Yoda’s Cup invitational league. Everybody who has more than 50 posts has been invited. Charles has joined already. We hope all 8 of us get a team picked in time and join the fun.

Who knows — you could be the first Yoda Cup champion! You can’t win if you don’t join. ;-D

Arvis says:
Jun 20, 2011

I don’t think Sophie really reads these comments. But if she does, she should totally join!! :D

-Arvis

SophieG says:
Jun 21, 2011

Hi guys, sorry about not seeing these until now! The comments section on my wordpress dashboard is forever being a nuisance. thank you very much for inviting me. Can I still request to join? Or am I too late?!

I will try anyway *fingers crossed*

-S

Arvis says:
Jun 21, 2011

Ha ha! Hey, it’s Sophie! Yes, Sophie, we were just talking about how much we’d like you to join. It’s only the 2nd day and it’s already a heated competition. Jump in, you won’t be disappointed. ;)

-Arvis

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