Wimbledon, 2013

Wimbledon Wrap-up

By DownTheTee | July 9, 2013

By Jane Voigt “I can’t believe it.” These are the words that sum up the 2013 Wimbledon Championships.  Marion Bartoli could not quite believe she had won her favorite Slam, shaking her head as if a mistake had been made, that she was still dreaming the dreams of childhood wonder. Andy Murray’s dazed expression after that…

The Fog Has Lifted Murray Wins Wimbledon

By DownTheTee | July 7, 2013

Andy Murray saved his biggest first pump and smile for thousands of fans gathered under the balcony outside Centre Court minutes after he had won his first Wimbledon championship.  He had done it. Not just for himself but for a country that had waited 77 years — since Fred Perry in 1936 — for a…

Bartoli Wins Wimbledon

By DownTheTee | July 6, 2013

By Jane Voigt An unlikely Wimbledon. An unlikely Wimbledon women’s winner — Marion Bartoli. She plays the piano, paints left-handed, and is not shy to tell reporters her IQ, 174, or the fact that she is not the best athlete on tour.  That Bartoli is the Wimbledon ladies champion for the first time in 47…

Order in the Court

By DownTheTee | July 5, 2013

By Jane Voigt For all the upsets, drop outs, and skidding seeds, it’s comforting to know the top two players in men’s singles will contest the final at this year’s Wimbledon Championships. Novak Djokovic certainly suffered at the hands of Juan Martin del Potro during their electrifying match, which was knighted the longest semifinal in…

Bartoli and Lisicki into Wimbledon Finals

By DownTheTee | July 4, 2013

By Jane Voigt July 4, 2013 — Sabine Lisicki and Marion Bartoli were in their zones today … Centre Court Wimbledon. Their mantra — There’s no place like home.  They strode onto that hallowed court confident, Lisicki plugged into her tunes and wearing a tailor-made smile, Bartoli with her eyes cast downward and a pep…

Even Wimbledon Needs Stars

By DownTheTee | July 3, 2013

By Jane Voigt The first two quarterfinal matches at Wimbledon ended about the same time today. Up next on Centre Court were: Andy Murray and Fernando Verdasco. Up next on Court 1 were: Jerzy Janowicz and Lukasz Kubot. Guess how many people stayed to watch the Polish contend for a spot in the semifinal? Not…

Go Figure

By DownTheTee | July 2, 2013

By Jane Voigt July 2, 2013 — Power tennis won’t disappear, but crafty versatility on the lawns of Wimbledon made a loud statement today in the women’s quarterfinals.   Case A  — Agnieszka Radwanska. The four seed is the consistent and annoying player at your local club that returns everything and places the ball well. She doesn’t…

Queen Williams Court Cancelled

By DownTheTee | July 1, 2013

By Jane Voigt Serena Williams walked to the ad court. Her demeanor had not changed the entire match. Game face Serena with a pensive bent. Then she flicked a drop of sweat from her brow. The five-time Wimbledon champion was officially on edge. And then she was out, her 34-match win streak broken as were her…

Week One Notes

By DownTheTee | June 30, 2013

By Jane Voigt Tomorrow is one of the biggest days in tennis … the round of 16 at Wimbledon. Sixteen men and sixteen woman have earned the privilege to play on Monday. However, the saying that the tournament begins in the second week has more meaning this year, given the quirky nature of this Championships.…

What a Difference a Day Makes

By DownTheTee | June 29, 2013

By Jane Voigt Yesterday, Down The Tee picked six under-the-radar players to do well at Wimbledon. Four of those six are now in the round of sixteen.  On the men’s side we have Bernard Tomic and Jerzy Janowicz, who did not play today. And on the women’s side, we have Kaia Kanepi plus Tsvetana Pironkova.  These are our Big Four. Bernard…