Archive for July, 2012
Wimbledon 2012 is now completed and after all the drama and excitement and a number of surprise results the two singles champions left standing after seven rounds of Grand Slam action were both over the age of 30, well in their 31st year to be exact, Serena Williams turns 31 in late September and Roger Federer celebrates his 31st birthday early next month, it ended up being a celebration for two of the greatest champions that the All England Club has seen in the modern era.
Williams has finally returned to Grand Slam glory to claim her 14th major title after suffering injury and health issue’s over the past year and Federer got to lift his 17th Grand Slam Trophy two and a half years after winning his last one in Melbourne, Australia in 2010, many people thought the two champions were in decline and that neither player would feature much on Championship Sunday at the major events anymore, their respective victories however in the most famous and traditional tournament of all the majors has reminded us all that age is indeed no barrier to Grand Slam success.
I heard John McEnroe stating that in his mind Serena could now lay claim to be the greatest women’s tennis player in the history of the game, while I respect immensely McEnroe’s knowledge and opinion on tennis I can’t agree with him on that statement, I believe that Williams probably has the greatest serve that the women’s game has ever witnessed but the honour of being the greatest women’s player, in my opinion, more »
After the completion of the first week of Wimbledon 2012 the tournament has thrown up numerous storylines to put a smile on every journalists face, the court conditions and the inclement weather has been talked about, the use of the roof on centre court has been up for debate, the All England Club has seen numerous upsets occur in both the men’s and women’s singles competitions with the most popular discussion point from week 1 being the shock early exit of two time former champion Rafael Nadal in the second round, I would like to take a look at Rafa’s early demise and the early exits of two other former world No.1′s in Caroline Wozniacki and Andy Roddick.
Nadal was many people’s pick to either win the men’s title this year of finish runner up, the fact he was bundled out so early in the tournament is still somewhat hard to believe but Lukas Rosol from the Czech Republic certainly made a believer out of all of us in watching him dispatch the King of Clay in five sets in one of the biggest Grand Slam upsets in recent memory, now that we have had time to digest the loss of Nadal I think if we look closely enough then we will uncover the probable reasons for the Spaniards demise.
Rafa would have expended so much mental energy on winning his record 7th title at Roland Garros that he was always going to be susceptible to an upset in the early rounds at SW19, his first match against Tomaz Bellucci was hardly convincing but nobody was prepared for what was to come against more »