News   |    July 11th, 2022

WONDERFUL WIMBLEDON

London was graced with another enthralling Wimbledon championships account on the courts at the All England Lawn Tennis Club this year. The most prestigious grand slam event in tennis most certainly lived up to its reputation, providing a platform to showcase the best talents from across the world.

With high expectations for our Britons in the tournament, we were proud to see the British number one seed Cameron Norrie battle his way to the semi-finals, the best performance of his career so far. Andy Murray’s return saw him reach the second round, whilst Emma Raducanu also lost out in the second round. A notable mention to our very own Ryan Peniston, with an exceptional past few months, the 26 year old fought his way into the second round as well.

Not short of drama, Rafael Nadal had to withdraw from the tournament in the semi-finals, allowing Nick Kyrgios into the final where he would face Novak Djokovic. The Serbian would ultimately take the championships for a seventh time, adding up to an incredible twenty-one grand slam titles. With Kyrgios attracting a great deal of attention following his complaints during matches, his extraordinary talent as a tennis player must not be overlooked. Sadly, despite reaching the final, his ranking will actually drop down to forty-five in the world, due to Wimbledon being stripped of their ranking points from the ATP Tour.

It would be Elena Rybakina to fend off Ons Jabeur in the Women’s final, subsequently being the first Kazakhstani player to ever win a major title. Elsewhere we saw championship hopefuls Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid lose in the men’s wheelchair doubles final, denying their eleventh consecutive grand slam title streak. It wasn’t to be for Hewett in the wheelchair singles final either as the twenty four year old from Norwich lost out to Shingo Kunieda. Despite British losses in the wheelchair competitions, the brilliant level of support and recognition wheelchair tennis has gained over the duration of the campaign has been fantastic. This is particularly evident by the level of spectatorship during matches, and having been played on court one.

With the longest serving tennis competition in the world concluded for another year, we look forward to seeing how our Brits and all of the up and coming talents improve throughout the coming period. The level of opposition is constantly developing, thus pushing the sport forward in a positive and entertaining manner. Until next time Wimbledon.

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Alfie Bobbins - Business Manager, Integral Sports Management

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