- By Miller
This year’s Wimbledon appears to have opened the doorway into a new era of tennis. For the first time since 1936 someone from Great Britain, Andy Murray from Scotland, won the gentlemen’s championship. Furthermore, for the first time since 2003 Rafael Nadal and/or Roger Federer were not featured in the final match. The two combined have won nine of the last ten Wimbledon’s and the only championship that wasn’t won, Nadal played in the championship, losing to Novak Djokovic. Not only did Nadal and Federer not compete in the final, they didn’t compete in the semifinals either.
Novak Djokovic played a rigorous semifinal match against Juan Martin del Potro that went five sets. Murray won his semifinal match in four sets and in a much quicker time than it took Djokovic to knock off del Potro. This was apparent in the finals match, where Murray swept Djokovic in three straight sets, becoming the first Brit to win a Wimbledon title since Fred Perry in 1936.
On the women’s side of things, the Williams sisters have dominated tennis since the late ‘90s. As with Federer and Nadal, they are both on the downside of their careers, paving the way for new faces. Marion Bartoli defeated Sabine Lisicki in the women’s final, both of which made their first appearance in the Wimbledon finals. Furthermore, Bartoli’s victory is her first Grand Slam title.
This year’s Wimbledon was the most exciting Wimbledon since the emergence of Federer and the Williams sisters. All of the sudden, there are new faces emerging in tennis and it is exciting to see whom the next generation of stars will be. Going forward, there will be many new faces competing for tournament championships and it all starts with Wimbledon. The 2014 Wimbledon is already an event to look forward and see who the rising stars will be. Good Show!