Tennis Season in Full Swing26th Jun 2017 |
Wimbledon is heating up as Briton Andy Murray is named number one, followed by Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. This is the first time since the 2014 Wimbledon tournament that there have been four specific players ranked in the top for a Grand Slam.
Murray won Wimbledon for the second time in 2016. However, he withdrew from his warm up game on account of a sore hip last Tuesday, and it caused a stir among many that he might not be fit to go for the title this year. A huge sigh of relief went round the court when he won his first match on Monday against Alexander Bublik on Centre Court, and proved he was still fighting fit.
In 2012, Murray became the first British player since 1977 to win a Grand Slam, and the first British man since 1936 after defeating Novak Djokovic. He holds two gold medals, one earned in 2012, and one in 2016. He has played against Federer 25 times on the court, and there is much excitement among Wimbledon fans for the two rivals to meet each other again on Centre Court. He has similar rivalries with Djokovic and Nadal.
Murray regularly contributes to charitable organizations, and is one of the founding members of Malaria No More UK. He has played several charity tennis events, including a doubles match against his coach, Ivan Lendl and Tomas Berdych, who holds 6th place in the world. Called the Rally Against Cancer, the event raised money for Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. Murray donated his entire prize.
In women’s tennis, Angelique Kerber, who hails from Germany, is followed closely by Romania’s Simona Halep in second position, and Britain’s 26-year-old Johanna Konta in sixth position.
Johanna Konta is one of the favourites; however she has been plagued by injury leading up to the tournament which might affect her chances of getting to the top this year. Konta herself insists that her fitness hasn’t been compromised, and she’s ready to fight for her place in the final.
Serena Williams, the American defending champion is not present at the tournament because she is pregnant; a Grand Slam champion seven times over, 35-year-old Williams intends to return to the tennis circuit in January. With Serena out of the game, there is a chance for one of the rising stars of women’s tennis to take the spotlight. Petra Kvitova is tipped as the number one favourite in these early stages, and it looks like this year could be a particularly interesting one for women’s tennis.