WIMBLEDON – WHO ARE THE HOPEFULS?
Wimbledon begins today, and we’re looking forward to watching tennis stars old and new competing for possibly the most coveted title in tennis. Of course, we’re all hopeful that Andy Murray can get his second win, but there are several others to keep an eye on. Here are our five players to watch out for over the next couple of weeks:
Djokovic is a familiar face at Wimbledon; he won the tournament last year and the year before! He’s also has just completed his grand slam collection, having won the French Open. He’s the third man ever to have won four consecutive grand slam titles and has now set his sights on achieving a calendar-year grand slam. Can he make three years in a row?
Again, a familiar face at Wimbledon having won no less than six times. She returns this year to defend her title, having come runner-up earlier this year in both the Australian and French Opens. With 21 majors to her name, Williams is considered by many to be the greatest female tennis player of all time. At the US Open last year Williams came within two matches of achieving a calendar-year grand slam. She’s struggled so far to equal Steffi Graf’s record of 22 majors, so she comes to Wimbledon with something to prove. Can she equal Graf’s record and get herself back into winning mode?
Last year at Wimbledon, Kyrgios was talked about for all the wrong reasons. His racket landed in the stands after he flung it to the ground in frustration. He contravened the strict all-white dress code with his purple and green headband, and even got into trouble for saying “dirty scum” after an exchange with a chair umpire – a remark he claims was directed at himself. Still, the 21-year-old Australian is back this year and definitely one to watch – and not just for his outbursts and dress code infractions!
Well, of course Federer is one to watch! He’s won Wimbledon seven times and many consider him to be the greatest grass court player of all time. That said, his last Wimbledon win was in 2012 and he’s failed to win any other major titles since. At 34, is Federer past his best? He’s been plagued by back and knee injuries of late, limiting him to just 22 matches this season. His pre Wimbledon preparation has been far below what he would usually expect of himself, so will he end up being a high profile exit early on? Either way, it’s Federer at Wimbledon; pay close attention!
A finalist last year against Serena Williams, Muguruza is definitely one to watch this year. She’s gone on to defeat Williams in the final of the French Open this year and is definitely a rising star in the tennis world, even being called the WTA’s new “It Girl.” She has three singles titles to her name so far; can she make it a fourth?
We’re looking forward to settling down with a bowl of strawberries for this year’s Wimbledon. Two weeks of tennis on the TV might even get us dusting off our own rackets! Who’s your favourite to win this year?