Published on June 27th, 2016 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Game, Set, Match, Wimbledon
Today sees the start of one of the most prestigious events in the sporting calendar, The Championships at Wimbledon. With over 480,000 spectators expected to attend the All England Club over the next fortnight along with a worldwide TV audience of over 1 billion, this eagerly awaited tennis tournament is a sporting event not to be missed.
So, what can we expect from Wimbledon this year?
Back the Brits
British tennis is in rude health at the moment. Following on from Britain’s first Davis Cup win in 79 years, Andy Murray has continued to show why he is the Number 2 player in the world.
At the beginning of the year and just days before he became a father for the first time, Murray reached the Australian Open final. In May, he reached his first French Open final on the clay at Roland Garros. On both occasions, he was runner up to the most formidable of opponents, world number one, Novak Djokovic.
Earlier this month Murray reunited with 8-time Grand Slam winner Ivan Lendl. The partnership brought immediate success as Murray won a record-breaking fifth title at Queen’s Club in London.
Could this be the year that Andy adds a second Wimbledon title to his name? With an Olympic title to defend in Rio, depicted in one of the stamps featured in the Official Team GB Gold Medal Winners Stamps in a Framed Set, the summer of 2016 could be a memorable one for the Scot.
Andy’s brother Jamie Murray has also had a successful 2016. He won the Men’s Doubles title at the Australian Open with his partner Bruno Soares and in March, he became the world number one player in doubles. Having been a finalist in Gentlemen’s Doubles Final at Wimbledon last year he will be hoping to go one-step further and win the title for the first time this year.
In the Ladies draw, there are also reasons to be hopeful for British success. Last year Heather Watson was just 2 points away from defeating world number one Serena Williams in the third round, before losing 6-2 4-6 7-5. Now, for the first time in 23 years, we have a British woman in the top 20. Jo Konta, made the semi finals of the Australian Open in January, and will be hoping to make her mark in this year’s Championships.
History Makers Set To Make Their Mark at SW19
Defending champions Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are both looking to make their own piece of history this year.
Djokovic currently holds all four Grand Slam titles – Wimbledon, US Open, Australian Open and French Open. He is the first male player since Rod Laver to achieve this feat and the first to win over $100 million in prize money alone. If he wins the Wimbledon title on 10th July, he will be on his way to a potential “Golden Slam” in 2016 with Olympic Gold and US Open title in his sights.
Williams achieved her second “Serena Slam” at Wimbledon last year. She is now looking to match Steffi Graf’s 22 Grand Slam titles with the defence of her title at the All England Club. Putting the disappointment of last year’s US Open semi final loss along with defeats in the finals at this year’s Australian Open and French Open behind her, Serena is bound to be the favourite to lift the stunning Venus Rose trophy once more.
Tennis is certainly thirsty work, whether you are out on the court, lucky enough to have a Centre Court ticket or just watching at home. Whilst some top players including crowd pleaser Gael Monfils, have been known to request a can of Coca Cola during matches, Robinsons continue to be one of the official sponsors at Wimbledon.
So pour yourself a Cold Drink, sit back, relax and enjoy some wonderful tennis.