Wimbledon never disappoints when it comes to surprises

Posted on 29. Jun, 2012 by in Sports

Wimbledon can be a roller-coaster ride of emotions, as players young and old battle it out for arguably the biggest title in tennis. Though athletes the world over are converging on London this year for the Summer Olympics, tennis’s best have been gathering there since 1877, making it the oldest tennis championship in the sport.

This year, a lot of fresh faces have been making their mark on the court, threatening some all-time tennis greats who are used to being in the limelight.

Roger Federer is no stranger to winning, and his strong performance so far in the tournament has led me to believe that he has another Grand Slam left in him. For years Fed has helped make the sport enjoyable to watch with his athleticism and passion. Wouldn’t it be exciting to see him face a brand new challenger?

Federer’s old rival Rafael Nadal is out of the picture after being eliminated in the tournament’s second round by 100th ranked Lukas Rosol, showing that Wimbledon can by extremely unpredictable at times.

There are old favorites on the women’s side turning heads, as well as some new blood adding variety to the line-up.

Maria Sharapova is currently the number one player in the game after taking the top prize at the French Open, and naturally, is currently the favorite to repeat that success at Wimbledon.

Fellow legend Serena Williams is also in a good position to walk away with a grand slam tournament win, although a weak performance in the opening rounds had many worried she might disappoint.

Nineteen-year-old Sloan Stephens has shown potential, improving with each round and holding her ground, showing veterans like Sharapova and Williams what the next generation of tennis greats has in store.

My wife Tonya has been playing tennis and watching the sport for years, and it’s a pleasure going along for the ride with her following the sport professionally.  It’s a nice break from the news, not enough of which is good.  The second week of the tournament will be exciting.

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