From thrilling fight backs to toppling records, Wimbledon 2017 has certainly been one to remember! The Greatest of All Time has returned to the top of the game and Britain’s players have performed better than ever before! Here we pick out Top 5 Wimbledon Moments from 2017!
1. G.O.A.T (Greatest of All Time)
When Roger Federer won the Australian Open at the beginning of this year it had been almost 5 years since his last Grand Slam triumph, so many could have been forgiven for thinking that his time at the top level of men’s tennis had passed. The greatest player of all time clearly had other ideas. Approaching his 36th birthday, the Swiss world no.5 won his eighth Wimbledon singles title and even more impressively became only the second man in the open era to win Wimbledon without losing a single set!
2. Konta’s record-breaking run!
Coming into the championships this year, Johanna Konta had never progressed further than the second round at SW19. The British no.1 produced the form of her life to consign that record to the history books and become the first British woman to reach the semi-finals since Virginia Wade in 1978! Having battled through three close 3-set matches, Konta eventually succumbed to 5-time champion Venus Williams ending a run that will bring great optimism that a first Grand Slam title might be just around the corner.
3. Willis at it again
No one loves a Wimbledon fairy-tale more than Britain’s own Marcus Willis! Last year he captured the nation’s hearts by reaching the second round of the men’s singles and booking a centre court date with Roger Federer. This year, despite being knocked out in the last stage of singles qualifying, he teamed up with 18-year old Jay Clarke in the men’s doubles to produce one the biggest upsets of the championships. Coming from a set down, the British wildcards dramatically knocked out defending champions and number 2 seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut in 5 sets to the delight of the crowd on Court no.3.
4. Magnificent Murray!
This year, British no.1 Andy Murray earned as much attention for his off court comments as for his on court performance! During a press conference following his quarter final defeat by Sam Querrey, a journalist commented that his conqueror was the first US player to reach a major semi-final since 2009. Murray was quick to remind the journalist that he was ignoring a number of female players who had achieved this feat. He was praised far and wide for his continued backing for the women’s game.
5. The Longest match…
On the back of recording a record tenth French open title at Roland Garros, Rafael Nadal was one of the favourites heading into Wimbledon. Following a comfortable passage to round 4, the king of clay came up against grass court specialist Gilles Muller of Luxembourg. The pair battled it out in the longest match of the championships for an incredible 4 hours 48 minutes, until the relentless Spaniard finally succumbed, losing 15-13 in the final set, handing Muller one of the biggest wins of his career.
So there we have it, 5 great moments from Wimbledon this year. Has this inspired you to pick up your racket, get on court and keep fit? If so, check out the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association) to find out about your nearest place to play and much more. Check out this article on Top 5 Tennis Exercises too! Love tennis? Tell us about it below or @KeepFitKingdom !