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If you’ve been keeping up with the Wimbledon tournament over the last two weeks, then you’ve probably seen some of the most exhilarating tennis of the last 10 years. That’s to be expected: Wimbledon, the Super Bowl of tennis, is the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, established in 1877. However, if you haven’t kept up with Wimbledon, keep reading for a recap of this year’s events.
Who won Wimbledon?
2019’s returning gentlemen’s singles champion Novak Djokovic successfully defended his men’s Wimbledon title this past Sunday against Matteo Berrettini. Djokovic, who won his first Wimbledon in 2011, is currently holding a record-length number-one ranking with the Association of Tennis Professionals at a total of 329 weeks. Djokovic has seen the final rounds at Wimbledon Tournament consistently throughout the 2000s.
With 2019’s ladies champion, Simona Halep, out for the season due to a calf injury, the ladies’ championship match was between two returning contenders, Karolina Pliskova and Women’s Tennis Association’s current number-one rank Ashleigh Barty. Saturday, Barty took her second Wimbledon Championship title with spectacular precision and strength behind her play.
What happened in the final Wimbledon game?
Berrettini’s playing in the first set showed extreme raw talent, with the unreal speed of his set-point serve seeming to take Djokovic by surprise, costing him the set 7 to 6. However, Djokovic overcame Berrettini in the second set: His point serve was almost right down the middle of the court and too strong to be returned within bounds. The set thus ended in his favor 6 to 4. His unbelievable sprint and slide into a cross-court passing shot took him to a point advantage in the final set.
This year’s incredible match point round for the gentlemen’s championship displayed two brilliant players at near total exhaustion. At one point, switching his strategy from speed to pure power, Djokovic hammered his serve directly at Berrettini and continued with an unrelenting barrage of deadly returns right at his opponent. Berrettini was too exhausted to absorb the blows and take the ball back over the net. Djokovic took the match 6 to 3 to the crowd’s complete excitement.
In a psychological finals match between Pliskova and Barty, Pliskova took the second set after two consecutive serve errors from Barty while tied 6 to 6. Barty’s experience behind the cricket bat rather than tennis racket showed in her exhibition of punishing strength. Pliskova’s mindgame on the court left the audience gasping in the third and final set. In the end, Pliskova’s inability to take the ball over the net resulted in Barty winning 6 to 3.
Were Barty and Djokovic expected to win?
Both Djokovic and Barty had prior stints at their respective tennis associations’ number-one spots and, coincidentally, both held the Wimbledon singles win in 2011. While Djokovic has maintained his number-one ranking for a record six years now, Barty is in the middle of a very successful breakout return to tennis after playing cricket professionally for two years.
Who else played well throughout Wimbledon 2021?
Both Pliskova and Berrettini played beautifully. Highlight reels from Wimbledon show excellent technique from Frances Tiafoe, Gael Monfils, and Katie Boulter.
What’s next in the professional tennis world?
Alongside big summer sports events outside tennis such as the Indy 500 and the golf US Open, tennis has plenty to offer this summer. Next month is the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Winston-Salem Open in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and the tennis US Open in Flushing, New York.