Isn’t it hard to believe that the grand slam calendar of this year has already slithered its way to Wimbledon? Not that much has changed as the top seeded players continue to dominate the tournaments, when it comes to London and the enigmatic tradition it possesses you’ve got to get excited.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic were the respective men’s and women’s singles’ champions. And although Kvitova couldn’t be stamped to defend her title, world number one Djokovic could potentially be the winner this time around as well.
The other players in “Big Four” – Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal like always would pose threats, but Djoker (as Djokovic is known to his fans) is expected to be burning with willingness to win his third Wimbledon title after a heartbreaking loss to Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in the French Open finals a few weeks before.
Novak Djokovic during his 2011 Wimbledon semi-final against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France en route to his first Wimbledon title
Photo Credits: Matanya
Briton Murray who is just one week older that Djokovic is the only player on tour right now besides Wawrinka who stands a chance against the mighty Djoker. Stan (as is Wawrinka known to his fans) basically stands a chance against “anyone,” owing to his wrecking one-handed backhands that arguably was the sole reason behind his win over Djokovic in French Open.
Murray and Djokovic has a similar style of playing and the former’s retrieving skills teamed up with phenomenal passing shots strike a nice counter-attack to Djokovic’s speed and determination.
Federer on the other hand, is fighting retirement rumours like he has been fighting since so many years even after winning the Gerry Webber Open en route to Wimbledon that starts from Monday, June 29.
The shocking story is so far of Spaniard Rafael Nadal who managed to clinch just one victory so far in the year by beating Victor Troicki in the finals of 2015 Mercedes Cup. He might be the two-time champion in Wimbledon – only person to win this tournament once or more from his country, Spain, but his poor form throughout the year and the absence of the valor in his body language that describes him, raises question.
However, sport is unpredictable and anything might happen anytime. Nadal might be the 10th seed of the tournament, but he certainly carries the stamina to make a comeback.
Other players to watch for in the men’s side will be 20-year-old Australian Nick Kyrgios who has already tasted what it feels like to defeat the top players.
In the women’s side, Serena Williams is undoubtedly invincible. Currently at third in the all-time list behind Steffi Graf and Margaret Court with 20 grand slam titles, the 33-year-old will miss no opportunity to pounce on her opponents. Coming off fresh from her victory at Rolland Garros, Serena’s biggest threat would be old rival Maria Sharapova of Russia and Simona Halep of Romania.
Serena Williams during 2013 Round 1 doubles match that she played and won with sister, Venus Williams
Photo Credits: Flickrworker
However, with Serena leading ridiculously ahead of even the second best player on tour, things are very less likely to take any other turn.
Wimbledon starts on Monday, June 29 and ends on July 12.
Where to watch: Viewers in India and its sub-continents can catch the fortnight long tournament on Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 4 along with their respective HD channels.