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Tennis fever!

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10 Jul 2015
I don't know about anyone else but I have been seizing every chance I get to catch a glimpse of the year's most prominent tennis tournament. It's the 138th year of Wimbledon, making it the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament to date, while hosting some of the longest and most intense matches in tennis history.



This year has not been a disappointment with some fresh faces making a name for themselves, including young Spaniard, Garbine Muguruza beating Agnieszka Radwanska yesterday after a shock mid-point call for an out ball on match point in the semi-finals, Madison Keys and our home bred Heather Watson going further in the tournament than previously seen and has made the ladies game an exciting prospect. The men's tournament has had its usual intensity and rigor with the likes of Dustin Brown and Kevin Anderson coming out of the woodwork to have fantastic games, as well as the controversial Nick Kyrgios disappointingly tanking against Richard Gasquet in a scene not usually witnessed on Court No 2.

 

With Wimbledon reaching its climax this coming weekend, it has once again given me the urge to dig out my racket and get myself over to the nearest court. It has also got me thinking about the mental attitude the players must keep and the psychology of maintaining your composure and staying strong even when you're down in your game. We all have good days and bad days at work, ok, some cannot compare to being on Centre Court at Wimbledon but to us they can be as important for our day to day and our future career. I guess it's just a reminder to keep calm in the face of difficulty, have a game plan and stick to it and stay positive even when you are on the down, it will never get better with a negative attitude.



Here are some fun facts for you…
  • Wimbledon adopted yellow tennis balls in 1986 with the introduction of colour television, before that they used white balls
  • Nearly 500,000 people will attend the tournament over the two week period
  • The shortest player ever was Gertrude Hoahing, who stood 4ft 9” tall
  • Over 45,250 tennis balls were used during the 2010 Wimbledon Championships
  • Maria Sharapova has the loudest known "grunt” recorded at 105 decibels in the 2009 tournament, which is the equivalent of standing 3ft from a motorcycle
  • Over 36,000 used Wimbledon tennis balls have been recycled to make mini mouse houses!

So, who will be going in to the finals? Not long to find out, will it be Andy's year? Another grand slam for the reigning champion Roger Federer, a chance for Djokovic to display his unbelievable athleticism and also regain his cool after losing his temper with the ball girl, or Gasquet to parade that incredible back-hand. And for the Ladies' final tomorrow will it be the 'Serena Slam' that bookies are going crazy for or will it be the underdog Muguruza taking the esteemed title? I for one cannot wait to find out, coverage starts from 13:00 on BBC1!

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