The Romance of Lawn Tennis

Sunday, July 19, 2015 Sports

A recap of this year's penultimate grand slam - the Wimbledon

The Wimbledon is like no other tennis grand slam tournaments. The age old traditions of all white kits and grass courts are symbolic to this wonderful tennis tournament. Every year people across the globe as well as some of the world's biggest celebrities come to witness the finest tennis matches on the calendar year. Rather controversially this year though, Formula 1 World champion and Britain's own - Lewis Hamilton was denied entry as he failed to meet the dress code.

This year was no different in terms of the quality of tennis. There were a few upsets even in the very first round when the 2014 Ladies' runner-up Eugenie Bouchard of Canada was sent packing by an unseeded qualifier. The fans were introduced to a German born Jamaican, Dustin Brown with his Bob Marley inspired look complete with long braided bangs, as he beat former Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal. Brown’s fairy tale didn’t last very long though, as he crashed out in the very next round. His unorthodox and aggressive style certainly entertained the crowd.  

In the 3rd round of the Ladies' singles, local favourite Heather Watson of Britain went to toe to toe with the mighty Serena Williams. The 23-year old youngster nearly pulled off the upset of the tournament when she was serving at 5-4 for the match. But Serena was too great a champion to give up that easily and the brave Watson lost 6-2, 4-6, 7-5. Watson was given a wonderful ovation by the crowd for her heroic effort. Serena then went on to beat her sister Venus and former champion Maria Sharapova en route to the final. She faced Spanish youngster Garbiñe Muguruza for the title. The 21-year old proved a tough nut to crack for the Women's World no.1. But eventually Serena Williams clinched her 6th Wimbledon Singles title wining 6-4, 6-4. For Muguruza, things can only get better.  Her tennis was nerveless and fluid against the World no.1. If she improves on her serve and continue her development, she could be the one to beat in the not too distant future.

In the Gentlemen's division, Men's World no.1 Novak Djokovic powered through to the final without any major hiccups. World no. 2 Roger Federer completely dismantled World no.3 and the local favourite Andy Murray 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 in the semifinals in front of packed centre court with fans and global celebrities from across the globe. In the final, the 34-year old Federer showed the world why he is regarded as the greatest of all time. Some of his backhand winners were a sight to behold. 'Majestic' is the word best suited to describe it. But in the end he was unable to win an unprecedented 8th Wimbledon Singles crown against the much younger and relentless Novak Djokovic as the World no.1 wore out the veteran and won 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3.

This year's Wimbledon was a very historic and memorable one for the Indians. The peerless and evergreen Leander Paes added yet another grand slam to his large trophy cabinet as he won the Mixed Doubles crown with the legendary Swiss, Martina Hingis. They thrashed the 5th seeds 6-1, 6-1. Martina Hingis took home the Ladies' Doubles crown as well with her Indian partner and Doubles World no.1, Sania Mirza. They staged a monumental fightback and came back from 2-5 down in the final set to win 5-7, 7-6, 7-6. The trophy count for India didn't stop there, as 17-year old Sumit Nagal won the Junior Doubles title with Vietnamese partner Nam Hoang Ly.

It's been fantastic year for tennis and the players are gearing up for the last grand slam of the calendar year - the U.S Open. Tennis enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting for yet another thrilling and action-packed spectacle.

written by
Ryan Gomez