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Miracle at Wimbledon - No rain

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by MAVERICKROB (U2165252) 04 July 2010
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This years Wimbledon must go down as a miracle because there was no rain during those two weeks. When was the last time that happened.

It is also sad that Wimbledon has ended for this year because the event was somewhat un-noticed because of all the hype of the overrated World Cup.

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posted Jul 5, 2010

The somersault! This moment changed Wimbledon forever. It is not what it was anymore.

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posted Jul 5, 2010

"The greatest Wimbledons were in the late 70s to early 90s era: Tennis characters like Borg and McEnroe, Virginia Wade, Navratilova & Evert, Steffi Graf, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Boris Becker, Pat Cash and Andre Agassi."

While I agree that those were the best years for tennis at Wimbledon I'd hardly call Borg, Navratilova, Graf and Lendl "characters". Yes there were all great players, arguably some of the greatest but reall characters like McEnroe, Conners and Agassi are long gone and I doubt we'll ever see their kind again. The sad truth is that to get anywhere in the game today you have to be 100% commited and focused which means checking your personality in at the door.

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posted Jul 5, 2010

When was the last time in a Grand Slam men's tournament that the final and both semi-finals finished in straight sets?

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posted Jul 5, 2010

My memories re this years Wimbledon will be that I did not pay much attention to it due to the football world cup (which, btw, it is by no means overrated, as a contributor to this site has wrongly stated). Cheers, Ramon.

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comment by gnu (U14398377)

posted Jul 5, 2010

The mens tournament was pretty good but as usual the womens was incredibly poor.
If I look back in twenty years time thinking about the halcyon summer of tennis in 2010 then I will have probably watched some awful ones in between.
The 11 hour match was amazing in a statistical sense but numbing to watch.
Cant even think of many stand out ones apart from a few upsets?

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posted Jul 8, 2010

This was by no means the best Wimbledon in years as there was one vital component missing from the semis and the final and I think we all know who that was! I agree that the Wimbledon team have slowed things down now to such an extent that grass should be re-christened crass: even Rafa agreed. The Wimbledon ticket office spoke long and loudly about how we could all log on to their site and purchase return tickets but I spent, on average, 3 hours each day typing in those strange words but to no avail. I did go on the QF day on Wednesday and there were so many empty seats that I was furious. It is obvious that corporate customers are far more important than the real fans so much needs to be changed. Not the best Wimbledon by a long stretch.

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posted Jul 8, 2010

Wimbledon used to be my favourite tournament ... but hasn't been so for a few years now and this year didn't make me change my mind. It plays more like green clay these days favouring the metronome style of play which is in vogue now. I sometimes wonder if I'm watching RG on grass.

Far too many empty seats for the corporates .. but guess they have to pay the 1m prize money to the winners somehow erm Dare I say overpaid and overhyped like the England footballers??


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posted Jul 21, 2010

I think a lot of old miserable geezers are writing on this thread tbh =P. I you don't like the modern game, or its players ['drones'], then why watch tennis in the first place??


I have been watching tennis [mostly week by week] since the since the 1990s and it was the best Wimbledon *ever* [yes, i mean that] in terms of variables combining to produce a wonderful tournament:


a.)exciting/unpredictable matches

b.)
fantastic weather conditions [if you are professional athlete...]

c.)
the organisation of the tournament.

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posted Jul 21, 2010

dv

There is certainly a tendency to look through rose coloured glasses at matches and players gone by.
Wimbledon this year had some really exciting mens matches in the first week as opposed to the second.
The womens tournament was disappointing with a one sided final, but that is not unfortunately a rarity.
It is not a given in any tournament that the matches are all going to be closely fought and exciting, as many on here say, it's about winning.
Wimbledon was as ever well organised and well attended.

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posted Jul 22, 2010

Am:
I thought that that women's tournament was *great* this year.

The most dominant player [Venus] of the last decade was dismantled in the quarter-finals by an unseeded player, and few poeple would have predicted the scoreline. Kvitova [semi-final], Kanepi[1/4 final], Pironkova [semi-final] and Zvonareva [final] all made major breakthroughs at a Grand Slam event

*and*

the winner [Serena] produced the best-ever serving performance by a woman at grand slam event. She won more points on serve and was more dominant on serve than any *man* in the men's tournament.


Lindsay Davenport
Martina Navratilova
Tracy Austin
Billie Jean King
John McEnroe
Sam Smith

(among several others) described Serena Williams' serve as the
best *ever* in the women's game [Lindsay was saying this as far back as summer 2002].
"The best serve ever in women's tennis; absolutely, no question" - Lindsay Davenport, 2010.

How *on earth* is no-one giving Serena/the champion any credit for this?? It's kind of mind-boggling. My hitting partners were all talking about her serving.

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