With Andy Murrary, the defending men’s champion in a small slump and Serena Williams pregnant, this years Wimbledon is sure to be one for the ages. Let’s go over the top 5 players to watch as the tournament rapidly approaches.
Starting off with the most famous, more people will be watching Roger Federer than ever before at this Wimbledon. He deliberately did not participate in the French Open just to prepare for Wimbledon so you know he’ll be determined and ambitious when he takes that first step onto the grass court.
As many of you know, Federer has won a record 18 slams previously and has a dedicated following. However, he last won Wimbledon back in 2012 so it’s fair to say that he’s determined to give it his all this year.
Fun Fact: Federer plays with a racket he helped design with Wilson named the Wilson RF Pro Staff. With a sleek black design and some weight behind it, he can get plenty of power behind his ground strokes.
With his sheer mastery of tennis and time spent practicing prior to Wimbledon, everybody will be watching Federer’s moves closely to determine his level of competition this year.
After reaching the quarterfinals of the French open this year, a lot of people have their eyes on Marin Cilic as Wimbledon rapidly approaches. Throughout the season, he keeps improving and has proved that he can play with the best players in tennis. He won the US Open in 2014 where he had to beat Roger Federer for the win.
Marin Cilic has admitted that he’s not that good at clay before, so just imagine what he can do with the grass surface that Wimbledon offers. Throughout every match, Cilic features his serve and ground strokes prominently to drive to victory.
His key to success in Wimbledon will be to have a strong showing in the early rounds. That will allow him to build up momentum and ultimately dominate the tournament.
Making world wide tennis news when she won Wimbledon Junior at age 15, Ashleigh Barty is on the way to make some noise with her play at Wimbledon. She is currently only 21 and just recently broke into the top 100.
To date, she has reached four grand slam doubles finals showing that she is able to compete at the highest level. The most recent of these was of course at the French Open which means she’s in performance mode and looking for the championship.
Fun Fact: After winning Wimbledon Junior, Ashleigh took a break from tennis due to the pressure and instead started playing professional cricket.
Her all court style of play is well suited to grass leading to many viewers and audience members to keep an eye out for her matches.
The former #1 Women’s tennis player still has zero grand slams under her belt but this year at Wimbledon could change all of that. This season has been a little rough for her but she has shown that she has the skill and drive to compete for the Championship.
In the 2017 French Open, she handed in a disappointing performance after losing to a unseeded 19 year old player early on. Afterwards, she stated in interviews how the French Open was one of her least favorite tournaments.
She’ll be returning to more familiar ground on the grass courts of Wimbledon so perhaps she’ll be able to regain her footing and pride that were lost at the French Open.
The 20th seed going into Wimbledon, Nick Kyrgios is always a tennis player worth watching whether it’s because of his aggressive style of play or his temperament. He is currently the #1 Australian Men’s Player and is also only the second person to beat Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic, all in the first meeting.
Clearly, this guy has a lot of talent but what is also worth noticing is his temperament. He has run into issues in the past with throwing games or insulting opponents. John Mcenroe is extremely critical of Kyrgios and his temperament, suggesting that it’s one of the major factors limiting Kyrgios’s play.
It’s up to him, what version decides to step onto the grass courts at Wimbledon. If he can stay calm and obey the rules though, he has a great shot at making it far.