Wimbledon 2017

Roger Federer Captures Record 8th Wimbledon

By DownTheTee | July 16, 2017

By Jane Voigt Roger Federer was not playing well. He’d racked up two double faults in four games of this, a record 11th Wimbledon final. Fans demurred, offering existential reasons on social media. But sometimes even the Swiss Maestro cannot produce heavenly tennis. Facts are facts. Federer is human. Then he wasn’t. His dreams of…

Garbine Muguruza Wins Her First Wimbledon Crown

By DownTheTee | July 15, 2017

By Jane Voigt Twenty-three year old Garbine Muguruza wanted to see her team, but Wimbledon ritual beckoned. She was shown the wall where all champions’ names were listed, her’s having been added minutes before her arrival.  The surname, Williams, had been etched nine times over the past 10 years on the Roll of Honour. Muguruza’s once.…

Federer and Cilic to Meet in Wimbledon Final

By DownTheTee | July 14, 2017

By Jane Voigt These were tough matches. But nothing comes easily this deep at Wimbledon.  Marin Cilic’s ‘mean’ face and tennis were immediately locked and loaded. The Croatian seven-seed seemed to channel Gandalf The Grey’s ‘You shall not pass’ dictum from Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings. Cilic being Gandalf to Sam…

Venus Williams and Garbine Muguruza Charge Into Wimbledon Final

By DownTheTee | July 13, 2017

By Jane Voigt Venus Williams and Garbine Muguruza won. They beat their opponents. Make no mistake about that. Their semi-final victories were not a matter of a few points. They were a matter of dominant, high-calibre tennis — power, control, mental superiority, flawless execution — that left Johanna Konta and Magdalena Rybarikova with no answers. As a result, Williams…

Top Two Men’s Seeds Out at Wimbledon

By DownTheTee | July 12, 2017

By Jane Voigt Sir Andy Murray limped off Centre Court, a loser in five sets to American Sam Querrey.  Novak Djokovic retired before set two was anywhere near over, a lingering elbow problem rupturing his hopes of a fourth Wimbledon crown. Because of that Tomas Berdych won, a former top-ten player Djokovic had beaten 25…

Williams Continues to Conquer Centre Court at Wimbledon

By DownTheTee | July 11, 2017

By Jane Voigt On Centre Court Wimbledon was five-time champion Venus Williams at the sage age of 37, the oldest woman in the draw. Across the net was Jelena Ostapenko, the fresh-faced 20-year-old Latvian and recently crowned French Open champion.  “I’m not thinking about age,” Venus said, as reported by The Guardian. “When you’re out there, all…

Nadal Knocked Out. Fails to Advance Past Fourth Round for 5th Year In a Row.

By DownTheTee | July 10, 2017

By Jane Voigt Let’s say you were a casual tennis fan and happened to turn on the match between Rafael Nadal and Gilles Muller, during their fifth set today at Wimbledon. Chances are you never stopped watching. Not many would, it was too compelling. Serving from behind throughout the fifth, Nadal faced 4 match points…

Manic Monday Served Up Tomorrow at Wimbledon

By DownTheTee | July 9, 2017

By Jane Voigt Wimbledon’s Middle Sunday is unique. No other Grand Slam breaks up the two weeks of competition. This tradition sets apart The All England Club, creating an environment that many perceive as valuable to its culture. It goes along with all-white clothing, the daily queue for those limited number of tickets, plus silence…

Tennis Commentators Talk Way Too Much & Say Little

By DownTheTee | July 8, 2017

By Jane Voigt ESPN commentators at Wimbledon talk way too much. And let’s face it, all that chatter is not necessary or, in most cases, enlightening. Take Chris Evert. Bless her 18-Grand-Slam-title heart, but, oh boy, can she rattle on. What’s most annoying about her comments? Many are inane.  Here is a scattering of Chrissie’s on-air…

Gulbis Upsets Del Potro at Wimbledon

By DownTheTee | July 6, 2017

By Jane Voigt Ernests Gulbis is one of those tennis players you want to like. He’s a mad genius at the game, yet fails miserably at consistency. He was number ten in 2014, but came into Wimbledon ranked 589. Today he upset the 29th seed Juan Martin del Potro, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(0).  “Everybody knows how…