The Championships

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Murray winning Wimbledon in 2014.

Important things are happening today in the world of international sports, but I am not referring the FIFA World Cup, though the tournament goes on in Rio, Brazil. But far away, in another time zone, today is the first day of Wimbledon, the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. Last year I wrote about the Heritage of Tennis, as it relates to Wimbledon. The Championships was especially exciting last year because it was the first I watched Wimbledon after touring the place with Emily when we were in London. Last year was also exciting because Andy Murray became the first U.K. (I won’t say British, because he’s actually Scottish and people tend to forget that and think that he’s English but he’s NOT) player to win since 1936. It was a Wimbledon that Murray and all of England will not soon forget, but now that another year has come around, it is time for Murray to defend his title.

Last year before the tournament, I wrote a short post on the players to watch, and honestly that hasn’t changed much this year. Roger Federer (current world No. 4) is a year older but grass remains his best surface. I wouldn’t expect him to win, but he’ll play excellent tennis. Novak Djokovic (No. 2) will be eager for his first Grand Slam title of the year, and Rafael Nadal (No. 1) will be ready to reclaim the title after winning the French Open several weeks ago. In addition to these major players, Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka (No. 3), as well as Germany’s Thomas Berdych (No. 6), Spain’s David Ferrer (No. 7), and Argentina’s Juan Del Potro (No. 8) will be fighting to be holding the sacred golden trophy.

But, much like last year, the eyes of the host country will be focused on Andy Murray (No. 5). It’s a lot of pressure for one player, but last year Murray won the tournament with the same, if not more, pressure from his country. He’s a player you can’t help but root for, and I will definitely be cheering for him these next to weeks as we settle into some of the best tennis of the year. There will be upsets, emotional wins and losses, amazing plays and saves, and plenty of athleticism until a new champion is crowned. But whether it’s Murray, Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, or a new tennis king, these next two weeks of tennis will give the World Cup a run for it’s money.

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A picture of Court No. 1 from my trip to England.

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