If you’ve been living under a rock or perhaps just don’t know the importance of the Wimbledon Championships, let me break it down for you. As the oldest tennis tournament in the world, Wimbledon is also considered to be the most prestigious. The tournament is held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London and has been held there since 1877.
Wimbledon has crowned champions such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and the United States’ own Pete Sampras within the last 20 years. But this years Wimbledon champion was especially recognized with his win on Sunday, July 7th for being the first British winner of the men’s tournament in 77 years. Andy Murray of Great Britain was ranked number 2 in the world going into the Wimbledon Championship against number 1 Novak Djokovic. Djokovic is also no stranger to the tournament, defeating Rafael Nadal in the 2011 Wimbledon tournament. Murray defeated Djokovic in three straight sets; however, it was no easy win. Murray was down 4 games to 1 in the second set, and 4 games to 2 in the third and deciding set. By the end of the third set, and after over 3 hours of play, the mental and physical exhaustion was clearly showing in both players.
Murray is no stranger to the Wimbledon tournament. Last year he competed in the finals against tennis legend Roger Federer. He started strong; winning the first set in the championship match, but then proceeded to lose the next three sets in a row. That heartfelt loss may very well be the driving force behind his win this year. That, along with the pressure of the “home court advantage” almost created the perfect concoction of motivation.
Throughout the 13 days of the Championships the total attendance reached 484,805, most of which were cheering on their native Brit, Murray and over 20 million viewers tuned in to watch part of the tournament on television. Throughout the championship match fans became increasingly more spirited when Murray advanced. To say he was favorited over Djokovic would be an understatement.
Another remarkable piece to add to this story is the fact that Murray is the first British man to win the tournament since 1936 when Fred Perry was crowned champion. Wimbledon is an exciting tournament to watch, and Murray’s triumph gave the entire country something to cheer for.
Congrats to Andy Murray on his Wimbledon win!