Wimbledon, 2014

What a Wimbledon Final

By DownTheTee | July 6, 2014

By Jane Voigt One single tear rolled down Roger Federer’s face, as newly crowned Champion Novak Djokovic walked Centre Court holding the Wimbledon’s trophy politely engraved, “The All England Lawn Tennis Club Single Handed Championship of the World.” Federer had hoisted it seven times prior to today’s loss, a loss he will remember if only…

Petra Kvitova Wins … Simply Too Good

By DownTheTee | July 5, 2014

By Jane Voigt Petra Kvitova thrilled audiences on Centre Court Wimbledon today in a display of bold, accurate, and explosive grass-court tennis seldom seen in the women’s game. Eugenie Bouchard would admit the same.  “She was just too good,” Bouchard told the press. “She put the pressure on me.” Kvitova out served, out ran, and…

Preview — Women’s Wimbledon Final

By DownTheTee | July 4, 2014

By Jane Voigt Eugenie Bouchard usually gets the attention. Tall, blonde and talented. Hey, wait a minute … that sounds like Petra Kvitova, too. Both braid their hair, have formidable forehands, and nerves of steel. Will we be able to tell them apart tomorrow in the Wimbledon Women’s Final?  Yes.  Petra Kvitova (No. 6) will…

Coming of Age

By DownTheTee | July 2, 2014

By Jane Voigt There were moments today when the possibility was palpable — not one of the big four would make a semifinal.  Rafael Nadal (No. 2) got his clock cleaned yesterday by ‘Nine-point Nick,’ that’s Nick Kyrgios, in that quarterfinal. One down. First thing today defending champion Andy Murray (No. 3) went down to Grigor…

Nadal Out

By DownTheTee | July 1, 2014

By Jane Voigt It happened again. To Rafael Nadal. He was favored to win the Australian Open final in January. Yet Stan Wawrinka managed an upset. Today, the young Australian Nick Kyrgios pulled the grass right out from under Nadal. They weren’t contending a title, but the ripples of defeat are of great magnitude.  “Kyrgios…

It’s About The Grass

By DownTheTee | June 30, 2014

By Jane Voigt Every single year people try to drive home their opinion about the speed of the lawns at The Championships. Most commonly we hear, “They’re slower.” But are they?  The Wimbledon grounds crew would argue the courts are not slower, substantiating their position with clinical precision about types of grass, the depth of the gravel and…

Middle Sunday … A Tradition with Secrets

By DownTheTee | June 29, 2014

By Jane Voigt Play resumes at The Championships tomorrow. Some call it the best day in tennis. All players in the round of 16 take to the lawns, hoping to ascend to the quarterfinals.  However, yesterday’s rain put a chink in the fantastic expectation that is Monday at The All England Club.  Madison Keys and Yaroslava Shvedova…

From Rain Delays to Rainbows … For Some

By DownTheTee | June 28, 2014

By Jane Voigt Serena Williams couldn’t get herself together before or after rain shut down play against Alize Cornet. Meanwhile out on court something-or-other, away from the big names, et al, Nick Kyrgios and Jiri Vesely were deep into it before the pitter-patter sent them scurrying to the locker room. Some 40+ players joined the…

The Moments We Live For

By DownTheTee | June 27, 2014

By Jane Voigt June 27, 2014 — As The Championships approached Middle Sunday, a day of rest, the intensity of play mounted. Fans perched on the edge of their seats, as tension was palpable in the stands of Wimbledon, in homes around the world, and at corner cafes.  Seventeen-year-old Belinda Bencic advanced to the third round of…

Rarely But Not Always

By DownTheTee | June 26, 2014

By Jane Voigt Rarely do we see two young men defeat big names at a major.  Today we did.  Wildcard Nick Kyrgios defeated Richard Gasquet, the No. 13 seed. And Wildcard Jiri Vesely defeated Gael Monfils, the No. 24 seed. Kyrgios is 19; and, Vesely is 20. They are on their maiden voyages at The Championships.  With Frenchmen Gasquet…