Archive for July, 2011
Thursday, July 7th, 2011
By Caroline Cameron
With Wimbledon over, I thought this was the perfect time to try something different. I’m starting a new feature on my blog called ‘Broken Strings,’ where about once a month, I’ll share some funny tennis photos and videos.
Rain delays are common at Wimbledon so, in 2009, the All England Club unveiled a retractable roof over Centre Court. It seems, however, that despite being protected from the elements, some players still aren’t used to Mother Nature’s disruptions…especially Sabine Lisicki.
‘Hello, my name is_________’
When you win Wimbledon, you attend a Wimbledon Champions’ Dinner held on the final Sunday night of the tournament. You would assume that at this dinner, everyone would be able to recognize the two singles winners. Well, maybe not. Winners Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova were given name tags. Yes, you read that correctly…name tags.
Pick up Your Phone
It’s always embarrassing to be that fan whose phone goes off during a match. But what about when you’re a player and your phone goes off? Well, that’s just funny.
If you have any funny tennis pictures or videos, tweet them to me, @Caroline_A_C, with the hashtag #brokenstrings.
Sunday, July 3rd, 2011
By Caroline Cameron
Novak Djokovic fell to the ground, looked up at his box in disbelief, and with a smile, picked up a blade of grass from the court and put it in his mouth. A Wimbledon Championship must taste extraordinary.
“[Today is] the best day of my life,” Djokovic admitted with a modest smile. “[Wimbledon was] the first tennis tournament I ever watched in my life. I think I’m still sleeping, still living the dream.”
I wonder when he’ll wake up. Djokovic has had one of the most extraordinary tennis seasons in the history of the game. He’s won two majors, has lost only once to Roger Federer in the French Open semis, and has now beaten Rafael Nadal in five finals.
“Today was impossible”, Nadal admitted after his 4-6, 1-6, 6-1, 3-6 loss to Djokovic at the All England Club.
Djokovic played the type of game that is usual for Nadal. The Serb covered the court with extreme ease and was able to return Nadal’s groundstokes that usually dumbfound the Spaniard’s opponents. The Djokovic of last year wouldn’t have been able to keep up with Nadal’s aggressive play, but his increased fitness level has carried him through the season. Djokovic made Nadal hit a few extra balls each point, and Nadal had difficulty reading the Serb’s consistent serve. Nadal didn’t lose Wimbledon, Djokovic won it.
“I needed to serve well, attack his service [game], be aggressive from the baseline,” explained Djokovic. “I did [it] all perfectly, except for the 3rd set.”
When Djokovic wakes up tomorrow, he’ll not only be a Wimbledon champion, but he’ll be the No. 1 player in the world. For the first time since 2004, there will be a men’s No. 1 who isn’t named Nadal or Federer. That’s simply incredible.
“[It’s been] a couple good days in the office” Djokovic explained with a smile.
No Novak, it’s been six good months at the office. With his growing confidence and some time to rest, who says it won’t be an incredible 12 months at the office for the new world No. 1.
Friday, July 1st, 2011
By Caroline Cameron
When casual fans hear ‘women’s tennis’ two names come to mind: Williams and Sharapova. Serena, Venus, and Maria are stars in their own right, with or without impressive tennis results. Due to injury, however, all three women haven’t had great success on the court, especially Sharapova.
Now, with Sharapova back in a Grand Slam final for the first time since January of 2008, women’s tennis is gaining more attention. In a sport that has an increasingly open field that lacks consistency and great rivalries, the possibility of a resurging star is exciting.
Sharapova last won Wimbledon 7 years ago, when she was just 17. After shoulder surgery in 2008, Sharapova eased back into tennis, but success didn’t follow.
If Sharapova wins Wimbledon, it will give a spark to women’s tennis. Sharapova is only 24 years old, and with the Williams sisters nearing retirement, the WTA needs stars like Sharapova to carry the load.
In the past few years, the women’s game has had many top players without any Grand Slam success: Jelena Jankovic, Dinara Safina, and presently, Caroline Wozniacki, to name a few. For women’s tennis to succeed and become more popular, they need a competitive field with stars like those in men’s tennis.
That sad truth is, if Sharapova’s opponent, Petra Kvitova, wins Wimbledon, it will be mildly exciting. But if Sharapova wins, she will return to the forefront of women’s tennis. If that turns out to be the case, let’s hope consistency follows.