8 Unforgettable Moments from Wimbledon History
Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam event of the year is considered to be the Holy Grail of Tennis. A sporting event that pits the strongest, most experienced players against each other, Wimbledon is one tournament that Tennis fans around the world will just not miss. The first week of the 2014 Wimbledon tournament presented us with tact-filled, power-packed matches and we expect matches in the second week to be just as challenging and interesting.
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Are you too an ardent tennis fan who has watched every Wimbledon Tournament from the time you were permitted to watch television? Well, for one, here is a list of Tennis Clubs in Mumbai that you can join to perfect your serving and volleying skills: 4 Amazing Tennis Clubs in Mumbai
Secondly, here are some key facts and achievements from this prestigious tournament that you, as an ardent tennis fan should know about. Remember any of these?
Fred Perry was the first British player to win all four of the Grand Slams by age 26. He was ranked no. 1 for four years in a row. He is also famous for playing one of the shortest matches in Wimbledon history, where in 1936, he put up such a fierce fight against his opponent Gottfried Von Cramm that he won the match in just 40 minutes!
- After enjoying a shocking victory over Jimmy Connors in 1975, Arthur Robert Ashe became the first coloured man to win the Wimbledon singles championship. The win came as a surprise to fans and critcis alike because Connors had breezed through the entire tournament without losing a single set!
- The 17 year old Boris Becker became the youngest player to have ever won a Wimbledon Championship. He also became the first German to win Wimbledon and the first unseeded player to win the championship.
- In 2001, Goran Ivanisevic became the first wildcard to win Wimbledon. Prior to his unexpected victory, it was widely believed and accepted that Ivanisevic would retire soon. His falling rankings and consecutive defeats in 1992, 1994 and 1998 Wimbledon finals had led fans to believe that he had reached the end of his tennis career. However, after an interesting 5-set match against Pat Rafter, Goran Ivanisevic emerged victorious, becoming the first wildcard to win Wimbledon.
- John McEnroe, a celebrated tennis player and former world no. 1 took the world by storm with his unique serving style and masterful drop-volleys. Although he enjoyed quite a successful tennis career, there was one incident that resulted in him almost being thrown out of Wimbledon. In his match against Tom Gullickson in 1981, the umpire issued a call that McEnroe felt was unfair. His reaction to the call caused him to be warned once. Later, after a serve was called out, McEnroe said these words to the umpire, “You cannot be serious” and through these words he earned world-wide notoriety and the threat of being disqualified from the tournament.
- In 2010, a first-round match between John Isner and Nicholas Mahut captured world-wide attention because it became the longest match in tennis history. It last for 11 hours 5 minutes and was played over 3 days!
- Rafael Nadal, hailed as the king of clay enjoyed a historic win in Wimbledon 2008. On winning the trophy in 2008, he became the first Spanish player in 40 years to bring the cup home.
- Althea Gibson was another player who made history through her win in 1957. By winning the women’s single title, she not only became the ninth consecutive champion from the US, but also the first African-American woman to win the title!