Tennis: Thoughts on Wimbledon and the Landscape of the Game

Serena Williams is back in the Ladies’ Singles Final, while Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic each made it to the Gentlemen’s Singles Semifinals. As the fortnight at Wimbledon concludes for the third grand slam event of the year, I believe it is very important that we as fans stop and smell the roses. With the most prestigious event in tennis reaching its climax, we should all realize that we have been blessed to watch a very special generation of talent within the past few decades.

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Serena Williams is taking aim at her twenty-fourth grand slam singles title, and thirty-ninth including doubles titles. She beat six-time Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic. Williams’ opponent, Simone Halep, from Romania searches for her first trophy on the famed Centre Court on Saturday after defeating Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in straight sets. Let’s hope the final Saturday is a three-set thriller as Williams and Halep pursue the Venus Rosewater Dish.

On the gentlemen’s side, the semifinalists were confirmed after Wednesday’s matches. Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut seeks his first final at a grand slam since turning pro in 2005. The twenty-third seeded player will be an underdog to Novak Djokovic. Djokovic, the number one player, has won Wimbledon four times. Should he get by Bautista Agut on Friday, he will have a chance to win his sixteenth major.

In the other semifinal, it will be another duel between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer as they renew their great rivalry. For Federer, he can add yet another chapter in his claim to being the best tennis player ever to play the sport. Two more wins would give him his 21st major singles title, and ninth championship at Centre Court. Nadal has mastered the All-England Club twice, which included a classic five-set final in 2008 against Roger. Rafael has already shown that he is much more than just a clay court specialist. He has won three U.S. Open championships, two at Wimbledon, and one Australian Open to the thirteen at Roland Garros.

Regardless of who wins, it should be a great weekend. If Simona Halep and/or Roberto Bautista Agut can shock the world, it gives fans a chance to learn more about them. They will have earned it by beating the best players. If not, it is another opportunity to appreciate greatness with some of the most recognizable names in the sport. There will be plenty of stories to tell when we look back at this era of tennis.

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Works cited: https://www.wimbledon.com, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Championships,_Wimbledon

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