Wimbledon: Hype Fulfilled

Posted: July 9, 2012 in sports

Seldom do big events live up to the hype. This year’s Wimbledon was the exception.

Victories by Serena Williams and Roger Federer produced remarkable comeback stories for two of tennis’ all-time greats. And there were a number of great sidebar stories as well, none bigger than Andy Murray getting to the threshold of British immorality.

Williams’ career appeared all but over because of a series of injuries and illnesses and age. She’s now 30 and that’s ancient in women’s tennis. Her 14th major didn’t appear likely. In fact, her career appeared to be nearing the end. Since recovering from foot surgery and blood clotting issues she had fallen to 174th in the world. Her play was consistently mediocre. But she overcame some early Wimbledon sloppiness and went on to literally overpower the field, setting a record for aces.

Federer, also 30, may have made the deciding statement in the debate about who is the greatest player of all time. After a 2 ½ year lapse since his record 16th major, Federer won his 7th Wimbledon and seldom has he looked better and more athletic. He even regained the world’s No. 1 ranking.

In doing so Federer left Brit’s with mixed emotions. His popularity is off the charts – imagine Tiger Woods with so scandals – nowhere more so than in Great Britain. Yet Murray was trying to become the first Brit since FDR was in the White House to win in front of the Queen. The British media billed the championship match as perhaps the biggest sporting event in Great Britain’s history. Tickets were going for record prices. The British Isles came to a stand still to watch. After winning the first set, Murray was simply outclassed by a better player.

In the end, after watching two great players, I came away with the feeling Williams and Federer  will be hoisting more championship trophies. Neither looked like a fading superstar eyeing retirement.

  1. Tampa Jack says:

    when was Murray ever considered immoral?

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