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Can Novak Djokovic Be Considered for the GOAT?

When we look back at the 2019 Australian Open in a couple of years, we will mostly remember that it marked the place and time at which Novak Djokovic managed to rekindle the debate for the greatest player of all time.

Djokovic’s victory against Rafael Nadal in the final on Sunday earned him his 15th Grand Slam title, placing him just two behind Rafael Nadal and ahead of Pete Sampras. He is also only five titles behind Roger Federer who currently boasts with 20 Grand Slam titles.

Novak Djokovic as the GOAT

Considering his excellent health, age, his obsession for clean living and his healthy appetite for domination, it’s quite impossible to escape the fact that he can now be considered for GOAT honours. Djokovic has managed to win three consecutive majors since his resurgence a year ago.

“I am absolutely speechless,” Djokovic stated to the crowd at Melbourne after he defeated Rafael. Fans and pundits, most of whom were expecting a 5 hour plus battle on the blue floor at Rod Laver Arena, couldn’t believe how amazing Djokovic played against Nadal.

Nadal, who essentially didn’t compete for more than five months, only had one caveat to hold onto while giving full credit to Djokovic for playing a phenomenal game: “Facing such a big challenge, I required something else to successfully compete at such an elite level. However, its something that I do not have as of yet.”

It’s a valid point. However, its far more likely that Novak Djokovic, following a mid-career crisis due to an elbow injury and private issues, is playing better than ever. He has managed to recover his game as well as his focus. He is also placing a sizable amount of daylight between him and his rivals due to the fact that his fitness and age are increasingly affecting his games with them.

At 32 years old, Nadal is only a year older than Novak Djokovic which isn’t much, to be honest. However, there’s no denying that Nadal’s career is far more difficult. He has a lot more miles on the clock and his body needs more than just a simple routine check. On the other hand, Federer is in fantastic shape. However, he is already 37 years old.

Djokovic vs Nadal

This victory managed to boost Djokovic’s record against Rafael Nadal to 28-25. This record has some incredible aspects that have to be sobering for each of his rivals. The 28th victory over Nadal is considered the most wins by one pro against another. Djokovic also boasts with a 13-3 record against Nadal on every tennis surface imaginable since Rafael Nadal managed to beat him in the 2013 US Open final.

Djokovic spoke quite highly about Nadal after his win stating, “I’m quite positive that we still have loads of matches to look forward to against each other on various surfaces. I sincerely hope we will as this rivalry has been quite significant for more.”

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Novak Djokovic to Face Rafael Nadal in the Final of the 2019 Australian Open

On Friday, Novak Djokovic continued his quest to claim his seventh crown in the Australian Open after defeating Lucas Pouille to advance to the final where he will face his ultimate rival, Rafael Nadal. The world number 1 provided a flawless display at the Rod Laver Arena who has managed to move into a first decider in Melbourne since 2016.

“It’s without a doubt one of the best matches that I have played on this court,” stated Djokovic, who managed to hit a total of 24 winners and only had five unforced errors. “Everything worked out exactly how I imagined it would prior to the match.

“It’s an upsetting time for Lucas, but thankfully he had a phenomenal tournament, and I sincerely wish him all the best for the remainder of the season,” he added. Novak Djokovic, unfortunately, lost during the fourth round of the tournament in 2018, followed by a poor form and elbow surgery until he managed to win at Wimbledon and turn everything around.

“It was impossible to imagine that I would be where I am today 12 months ago,” stated Djokovic. However, as I stated before, I will continue to have loads of self-belief which I think is something that manages to always prevail.”

The Australian Open Final

Novak Djokovic will now need to face Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final. The two world-renowned tennis players have met a total of 53 times on court and eight times during a Grand Slam final. In 2012, they delivered the longest final in the history of Grand Slams when it comes to time played at the Australian Open. Novak Djokovic managed to edge a thrilling battle during the fifth set after playing for 5 hours and 53 minutes.

During Djokovic’s 34th semi-final in the Grand Slam, he took a mere 83 minutes to defeat Lucas Pouille who made his debut at the Australian Open this year. Pouille is also Djokovic’s regular practice partner.

The 14-time title winner of the Grand Slam was quite fresh after winning the quarter-final this year as his opponent, Kei Nishikori, was forced to quit after only playing 51 minutes. During the semi-final against Pouille, Djokovic managed to dish out an awful 6-0 bagel during the first set which only took 21 minutes. Pouille managed to hold his first ever service game during the second set which was met with a massive ovation from fans at centre court. However, Djokovic was a picture of precision on both return and serve and didn’t allow Pouille to make a comeback at all.

Djokovic vs. Nadal

Rafael Nadal currently holds an incredible 3-4 loss-win record against Novak Djokovic in the finals of the Grand Slam which includes all three meetings since their marathon at Melbourne Park seven years ago. Both tennis players will be chasing a milestone on Sunday too.

If Nadal wins, he will be the first player to win all Grand Slam titles twice, while a win for Djokovic will provide his 7th title which places him above Emerson and Federer.

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Simona Halep Becomes Major Champion During French Open


Some tennis champions are transformed by pressure. They see, move, and think differently. One tennis player that reacts in this way is Sloane Stephens. When she entered the French Open, she had a record of 6-0 in her final matches. During September of last year, she managed to win the U.S Open. There’s no denying that pressure lights her up. The bigger the stadium, the quicker she is on her feet and the brighter her smile becomes.

Simona Halep as a Tennis Player

Things are quite different when you look at Simona Halep. Before the French Open this year, Halep was leading the final of major tournaments a total of three times and managed to lose each of them. When she accepted the trophy at Roland Garros as the runner-up a year ago, she didn’t attempt to hide her devastation. Halep stated that she was sick to her stomach due to emotion and perhaps wasn’t ready to claim it just yet. Only a handful of players have managed to speak so honestly and openly about the struggle with self-doubt.

Despite her losses, she went up against Stephens in the final of the French Open on Saturday and was the clear favorite as she was ranked number 1 in the world. During the semi-finals, she managed to defeat Garbine Muguruza, the former Wimbledon and French Open champion, controlling points from the start of the game thanks to her deceptive power and superior movement. However, when she faced Stephens, she was skittish in the beginning. She was unable to get the ball past Stephens as her fluid footwork managed to carry her to each and every ball. The first set was taken by Stephens, and continued on a break to begin the second. However, Halep soon adjusted, smashing moon balls to disconnect Stephen’s rhythm and pacing forward during short shots. In fact, Halep managed to win 8 of 10 points while she was at the net. She also starting to realize that she could survive the extremely long shots.

Halep’s Endurance to Win the Major

Stephens is one of a handful of players can that rival the athleticism of Halep. However, she was unable to match the stamina of Halep. The forehand speed of Stephens started dropping, and the effectiveness in her serve was lost. Even her footwork started slowing down. On the other hand, Halep was starting to extend points that sometimes came with unworldly retrievals. An unbelievable 55 points in the game managed to last for 9 shots or more. Although the 1-6 score line may have looked one sided, it was certainly very competitive throughout.

Halep had quality in her movement as well as something in the way she managed to lift her feet off the ground during her finals match against Stephens. Once the match ended, several chants came from the crowd, cheering “Simona”. Her dream finally came true and she was absolutely thrilled with her first ever Major at the French Open.

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The Best Tennis Courts in the World


Tennis stadiums vary in surface, style, and size. Some play host to the largest tournaments in the world, while others play host to smaller tournaments, yet still quite prestigious. Most of them feature a phenomenal and rich history that has assisted to shape the sport as we know it today. For those that consider themselves to be the ultimate tennis enthusiast, we highly recommend visiting the below tennis stadiums at least once in your lifetime.

Indian Wells Tennis Garden – Indian Wells, California

The Indian Wells Masters is hosted at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The hard surface outdoor court situated at Stadium 1 is considered the largest capacity arena at Indian Wells, seating over 16,000 tennis fans. Both the WTA Tour and ATP World Tour participate at the Indian Wells Masters which makes it the 5th biggest tennis tournament across the globe. Established in 2000, the facility is worth $77 million as is regarded as a favourite among both fans and players.

The O2 Arena – London, England

The O2 Arena situated in London, England is the largest building in the world when it comes to floor space. The hard surface indoor court played a significant role on the ATP Tour and hosted the Finals from 2009. This glorious arena can seat 17,500 fans which makes it the 2nd largest when it comes to capacity in the world of tennis.

Uniprix Stadium – Quebec, Canada

The Uniprix Stadium is home to the Canadian Open, also referred to the as Canada Masters or the Rodgers Cup. This hard surface outdoor court also plays host to both the WTA Tour and ATP World Tour. The stadium can seat an impressive 11,700 fans.

The Lindner Family Tennis Center – Mason, Ohio

Situated in Mason, Ohio, the Lindner Family Tennis Center is home to both the Southern and Western Open. The centre can seat more than 11,000 fans is an outdoor hard surface arena. The Southern and Western Open is a favourite among fans and players on both the WTA Tour and ATP World Tour.

Louis Armstrong Stadium – Queens, New York City

The Louis Armstrong Stadium forms part of the USTA Billie Jean Tennis Center, hosting the US Open and can seat over 10,000 spectators. The Louis Armstrong Stadium is an important aspect when it comes to the Grand Slams and features a hard surface outdoor court. It’s named after a famous jazz musician and is set to increase its seating capacity to 15,000 in 2019.

Court Philippe Chatrier – Paris, France

The Roland Garros tennis court plays host to the French Open and can seat up to 15,000 spectators. Established in 1928, the tennis complex is 21 acres in size and features 20 different courts. The clay outdoor surface is located in Paris, France and is a favourite for tennis superstar, Rafael Nadal.

Centre Court Wimbledon – London, England

This outdoor grass court plays host to the WTA Tour and ATP World Tour for the prestigious Wimbledon Championship. The stadium can seat more than 15,000 fans and comes with a retractable roof which was added in 2009.

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Novak Djokovic Returns to Stardom


After 12 months of self-discovery, tennis sensational, Novak Djokovic, stopped to reflect on the most incredible of comebacks, even after his straight-sets defeat against Alexander Zverev at the ATP World Tour Finals.

The setback obviously hurt, and Djokovic was processing that. However, the disappointment also included half-smiles as memories played back of how he managed to climb from 22nd to the number 1 position in the world in a space of 5 months which included two incredible Grand Slams as well.

Djokovic’s Journey to Glory

The lowest point in Djokovic’s career is extremely difficult to pinpoint. However, from Wimbledon in 2016 to this year’s edition, Djokovic went on a much-needed journey of self-discovery, patching his aching body back into one piece where he also rediscovered his love for tennis. Both fatherhood and age will do that to you, as well as a trip to the mountains and some perspective.

After his Roland Garros quarterfinal exit, Djokovic decided to run for the hills. He managed to climb the Mount Sainte-Victoire ridge situated on the south of France along with Jelena by his side. During his climb, he had the time to reflect on previous years experiences, such as the lowest ranking in the world in 12 years, difficulties with his personal life, coaching challenges, and unforeseen injuries. This allowed him to refocus his energy and drive for life as the best tennis players in the world.

There has to be something special in that mountain ridge located in France. It inspired Pablo Picasso to buy a property north of the mountain and provided inspiration to the work of Paul Cezanne. It also managed to spark a new flame for Djokovic, allowing him to refocus his abilities, triggering the beginning of a sensational few months that came to an end in London on Sunday.

Djokovic’s Start of 2018

Djokovic managed to miss the second half of 2017, starting 2018 with a heart-breaking fourth round loss during the Australian Open along with an elbow surgery. “I was well aware that it was going to be a difficult season as I never had surgery before. Regardless of the outcome, I knew I was going to learn a great deal this season”, Djokovic stated.

Djokovic managed to lose during the first round in both Miami and Indian Wells, event he previously dominated. Then he was defeated by Martin Klizan in Barcelona during the Round of 32 in April who was ranked in 140th position. Djokovic clearly had enough after the upset and managed to reunite with Marian Vajda which was the first time, we saw Djokovic make an astonishing return to the sport.

Over the months that followed, Djokovic scooped up US Open and Wimbledon titles and became the first tennis player to successfully secure all 9 Masters 1000 series titles after his win at the Cincinnati Masters. He created a 22-match winning streak which eventually earned him the number 1 position in the world. Djokovic is ready to continue his success in 2019 and feels motivated to take on the world.

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Alexander Zverev Beaten by Novak Djokovic, Reaches Semi-Finals

Novak Djokovic, the world number one also became the first male player to reach the ATP semi-finals after a clinical win. His win over Alexander Zverev. After an extremely close and physical first set, the German had to accept that the Serb beaten him 6-4 6-1. After chasing the chance to play in the ATP Finals since as far back as 2015, Djokovic reached it after John Isner was beaten by Marin Cilic, he had to admit that it wasn’t exactly a breath-taking match, yet it was a win.

Novak Djokovic About the Match


Novak Djokovic felt he played well through the second set and served well during the start and second set, while he also recognises that his opponent did make several unforced errors, which counted in his favour and assisted him to achieve a win. It was Zverev’s double fault that basically handed the win to Djokovic in the first set and looking back at the match a total of thirty-three unforced errors is what hugely contributed to the downfall of the 21-year-old.

Novak Djokovic Remains the Favourite to Win

Novak Djokovic is by far the favourite to claim his sixth title by winning the seasons tournament, and he had a remarkable year, this includes him recovering from elbow surgery and then to go on to win the US Open and Wimbledon, while also returning to the top rankings after two years.

Rated Number One in Singles Tennis in the World

The Association of Tennis Professionals, currently ranked Novak Djokovic as the number one in the world of singles tennis. His successes include thirty-two series titles in the ATP World Tour Masters 1000, fourteen Grand Slams, and he is known for holding the number one ATP spot for more than two-hundred weeks.

Novak Djokovic All Court Player with Precision

With an emphasis on aggressive play, Djokovic is an all-court player, while his groundstrokes are penetrating, deep and consistent from both wings. His backhand is regarded as the best it has precision and great pace and then Djokovic is also a fantastic mover on the court with impressive court coverage, superior agility and major defensive ability, allowing him to continuously hit winners from what appears to be defensive positions. His extroverted personality makes him a favourite right through the world, and his fluency in numerous languages never fail to impress. The Novak Djokovic Foundation assists disadvantaged children to develop and grow up in safe and stimulating environments. The foundation was founded by Djokovic in 2007. It partnered in 2015 with the World Bank and promotes education to children in Serbia, and after Djokovic’s Australian Open he donated $20,000.00 to the early childhood education of disadvantaged children to Melbourne City.

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Wimbledon Comes to a Conclusion

Wimbledon this year was one that made history. From the attendance of the royal family to the everlasting matches, the visits and great performances by tennis veterans, and the unpredictable outcomes of the matches. While there is still more tennis to be played by the professionals this year as the Grand Slam is scheduled to happen in the upcoming months, here are a few finishing lines that should be tied before moving onto the next event.

What is Going to Become of Serena Williams?


Why this question may seem ominous, it’s not like the tennis star is just going to go into hiding. If anything, ger grand comeback after spending a few months off of the courts for maternity reason had everyone in doubt if the tennis star would be able to reclaim her title. Though, her constant perforce at Wimbledon proved that she would and that she could. From her powerful serves that broke records and having fierce competition this year, Serena proved that all she needed was a belief that she could come out a winner and after a while, everyone watching started to believe in it as well. She expressed her glee when discussing what she thinks when people talk about her being their favourite player, this happens before Williams reminiscing about the time while she was pregnant and still playing, and winning, too. Despite losing this year’s final Wimbledon match, Serna is still confident that this was a great comeback and that she can only move forward in her career.

Is Andy Murray Going to Return?

Any Murray was looking towards having an exciting Wimbledon performance but sadly had to draw out of the tournament during the early hours before it began due to a bad hip injury. Although, since then the player has tested out his right hip in the best way he knows how – by playing two warm-up events. During his recovery, Murray decided to work as one of the commentators for BBC as it was the best thing to do instead of forcing a speedy recovery.

Since Murray reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon 2017. The player has only played in three other tournaments since then. At the end of the month, he plans of pulling a move similar to Serna and celebrate his comeback onto the court Washington, D.C., last one this month. Murray has stated that being on hard courts does feel more natural and stabilises him more. He admitted he feels more comfortable on them and from the looks of it – will begin to prefer playing on them to avoid any more serious injuries.

Is Sloane Stephens Okay?


Sloane Stephens had a dramatic Wimbledon as the player collapsed during the opening round. This makes the 2018 Wimbledon the second one in a two-year period where the player was helped to the exit before the match truly began. Her health seemingly just like her career, has seen its fair share of up’s and downs in the last few years. At times, it seems as if the American player find ignite her passion to win and become a beast on the courts, while at other times she seems to fall short. Stephens has the potential to become a strong player, but she lacks the consistency that her fans and her critics are looking for. Though despite her nearly instant loss, she has shown to have a good spirit regarding it as it can be seen in her interviews.

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Serena Williams Heads to Semi-Finals at Wimbledon

Despite having a quick scare at Wimbledon 2018, Serena Williams is going to confidently move to the semi-finals after an impressive victory over the skilled and graceful Italian player, Camila Giorgi. While the 23 times Grand Slam champion lost her cool, which also caused her to lose her first set. Williams came back strongly scoring of 3-6, then 6-3, and 6-4.

While Williams world rank has dropped, Giorgi has steadily climbed halfway up the ladder to reach the 52nd spot. She is known for having powerful hits with her racket, a power that has been commonly seen by Williams during her career. Although, the American based player found an upper step which gained her the needed win. For online tennis betting sites, the changes in player ramkings has an impact in the odds set for upcoming matches, and for Serena, that will likely rise as she gets accustomed to playing again.

This coming Thursday, Williams will be faced off against the 13th seed, the talented and skilled German player, Julia Gorges, in the first semi-finals match. After that, the open competition can range from another German seed who is 11th, Angelique Kerber – who impressively beat the Russian star, Daria Kasatkina with a 6-3 and 7-5 score, the 12th seed who is the Latvian player Jelena Ostapenko who beat Dominika Cibulkova with a 7-5 and 6-4 score.

During the match – William feels the heat

Serena Williams is one of the most prominent American women’s tennis players around. Although despite her fame, when her opponent was asked about how she felt about playing against such a house name, Giorgi simply responded that she does not follow women’s tennis.

While her reaction may have raised a few brows in the audience, she playing skills proved that she meant what she said. She played with an incredible amount of skill which was increased with her nonchalant attitude towards Williams.

During the match, Giorgi played similarly to how Williams would, especially power wise. She skillfully gifted Williams three aces which also went towards her impressive 84% of points. While watching Giorgi was a show, seeing the recently returned player scramble and lose her footing during the first half of the match was something that not many expected. While Giorgi’s average serving speed was higher than Williams, the American player did have the highest recorded speed in the match reaching 122mph.

Despite the rough start, Williams quickly gained her focus back as he roared “come on” to her opponent while blocking her from gaining more points. During the third set, Williams won with a backhanded screw. Although, it was truly Giorgi fitting the net which aided in Williams overall victory in the match.

Does Williams have a chance of winning another Wimbledon Title?

The answer may be in the grey area. While her sister Venus Williams did not make it, she was recorded with having the highest serve speed in the entire game of 123mph. Which was followed by Serena’s serve of 122mph during her last match.

After returning to playing competitively in women’s single, which was followed after the birth of her daughter in March, she showed her dedication to the sport despite dropping in the world rank and stumbling during the first set of her last match.

Her match against Giorgi proved that Williams still had the strength and stamina required to beat the top seed players. During an interview, Williams gleefully stated that she still feels good, and regarding her match with the Italian player, she stated that she did better than usual as she had to.

While Williams has already stated that she feels as if she doesn’t have to win this, she is still putting her all into making sure she gets as far as she possibly can in the game. Even though she is already going down in history, she is the lowest-ranked player to reach the women’s semi-finals at Wimbledon.

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Stan Wawrinka Defeated – Novak Djokovic Advances at French Open

Stan Wawrinka time at the French Open came to a close after being defeated by Novak Djokovic. Wawrinka, who is still building strength after back surgery and ranked low in the world lost to Djokovic in straight sets.

Wawrinka and Djokovic were playing first round action. Previous to sustaining his back injury, and having won major titles on the tour, for Wawrinka, he was unable to carry on the level of play needed

Commenting on his performance, Wawrinka said,

“I won three Grand Slams in my career, and I know what it takes to do it, and my goal is to get to my top. Sooner or later, I will.”

After being out of competition for the last three months due to a knee injury, Wawrinka had only participated in tournaments twice in almost a year. He has played only eleven matches this year. Wawrinka, who is ranked 30th and seeded 23rd for the tournament, is playing in territory that he is not familiar after climbing the ranks since joining the tour in 2008.

The match on Monday lasted over 3 hours. The physicality of that was a strain for Wawrinka was obvious as he had yet to go five sets since facing and beating Andy Murray a year ago.

“It was more the difficulty of continuing to go for it mentally.”

The Swiss player is known for having one of the best backhands in tennis. Wawrinka is once again now being coached by Magnus Norman. The match saw Wawrinka with thirty-five unforced errors and only winning 12.

For Wawrinka, who achieved third in the world rankings in his career, he said

“There is no frustration. It’s just tough, but I’m on the right way. It was very close today.”

Djokovic Drops to 22

Djokovic has previously held the top ranking with the World Tennis Tour but is now listed in 22nd, the worse he has held since 2006. Djokovic moved on to face Brazil’s Rogerio Dutra Silva beating the Brazilian in three sets after dropping two games during the opening set.

After successfully winning the French Open in 2016, Djokovic was the first male player to win four major titles in a row. However, since that accomplishment, he has failed to add any achievements to his career after sustaining several injuries, one to his right elbow that required surgery.

While at the French Open this week, Djokovic said,

“I had to dig deep. It has been difficult to face … the most, say, challenging injury that I have ever had. It’s been a long 12 months behind me, but I’m starting to play better, I feel like, in the past couple of weeks. Playing pain-free, which is the most important thing at the moment.”

Tournament play at the French Open continues through to the 10th of June. With recent rain and several matches having to be cancelled, it is expected that additional matches will be re-scheduled. Djokovic will next play on June 1st when he faces Roberto Bautista-Agut.

The History of Wimbledon

The history of Wimbledon is a rich one, and it is one of the four Majors. It is also the most prestigious of the Majors, and it is formally referred to as The Championships, Wimbledon. The first Wimbledon was back in 1887, and it takes its name from its location of Wimbledon, which is a suburb of London. The tournament is played at the All England Club, is the only major played on grass courts, and takes place from the end of June to mid-July.

The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club is the full name of where Wimbledon takes place, and it was established in 1868. In 1875, they added lawn tennis to the activities and at this time held the Lawn Tennis Championship which is now known as the Wimbledon Championship. In the first tournament, rules were laid out for the event, and it was held at Worple Road in Wimbledon. The rules of the tournament have not changed much, but some that have included the height of the net, and the distance from the service line to the net.

First Wimbledon Tournament


For the first Wimbledon tournament, there was only the Gentlemen’s singles with Spencer Gore being the first champion. The ticket to the inaugural even was a shilling, and 200 people were in attendance for the finals. The main court at Wimbledon is referred to a Centre Court since it is in the centre of the All England Club. In the first Wimbledon, there were 22 players competing for the title and these days there are 128 in both the men’s and women’s singles.
In 1884 ladies’ singles and men’s doubles were added to the tournament and in 1934 the ladies’ doubles and mixed doubles were added. One of the main rule changes to the tournament occurred in 1922, as previous to that year the defending champion automatically made it to the finals where they would face the challenger, who had advanced through the draw. This is why early on in the tournament’s history there are many that won consecutive titles. After 1922 byes into the finals for the defending champion was eliminated and that champion was in the main draw just like every other player.

Wimbledon: The Biggest Sporting Event in Britain


Wimbledon is not only the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world but one of the biggest sporting events in Britain. The British had a long drought for the Men’s title, as no British person had won the event since 1936 until Andy Murray won in 2013. No British woman has won the tournament since Virginia Wade won in 1977.
British Royalty attends the tournament every year, and they have their own Royal Box at Centre Court. One of the things Wimbledon is well known for is the strawberries and cream served at the tournament and in 2017 34,000 kg of strawberries, and 10,000 litres of cream were served. As of 2018, Roger Federer holds the record for the most men’s singles titles with eight and Martina Navratilova holds the record for the most women’s singles titles with nine.

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