Wimbledon 2022 Review
Wimbledon 2022 Review
The Wimbledon’s men’s singles ended as the last four editions and Grand Slams these days end; with the trophy proudly clutched by a beaming Novak Djokovic. It was the opposite scenario in the women’s singles final as Elena Rybakina beat fellow newcomer, Ons Jabeur to claim her first Grand Slam trophy.
As usual, Wimbledon had it all; dominance from the usual suspects, underdog fightbacks, entertaining games and, as become more common since 2020, COVID-19 absences.
Read on for our Wimbledon 2022 review!
Djokovic remains dominant despite advancing age
When Tennis fans bemoan the nearing retirement of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, a notable omission they fail to mention is Novak Djokovic who at 35, is just one year younger than Nadal. While we have already begun to see age (and injury) take their toll on the other two members of the big three, Djokovic continues to wax strong.
To claim his 21st Grand Slam title, he defeated Nick Kyrgios to go one clear of Federer and one closer to Nadal. But he cannot continue in this form and physical condition forever. For every elite athlete, the ultimate opponent is time, it will be interesting to see how well he navigates his career as his battle with Father Time becomes more of a factor.
Can he emulate older legends like LeBron James, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic and remain dominant well into his late thirties or are we witnessing the last months of his dominance?
We sincerely hope not.
Legends preparing to say goodbye to the center court
Not everyone is lucky enough to witness true, sustained greatness in any sport. In Tennis, however, we have been spoiled as Serena Williams and the ‘Big Three’ of Nadal, Federer and Djokovic have enthralled us for over two decades and elevated Tennis to a different stratosphere.
Federer’s looming retirement seems to be just a matter of time and Nadal’s bid to meet Djokovic in the Wimbledon final was derailed by an abdominal injury, sparking questions about his long-term health. Serena Williams was also beaten in the first round by unranked Harmony Tan, leading to speculation over her Tennis future.
The U.S Open begins on August 29 which means that, by next month, we should have a clearer idea about which of these living legends will continue to amaze us for the foreseeable future.
Young female players come of age while their male counterparts flatter to deceive
Succession is a vital part of any ecosystem and it’s already taking place in the WTP as younger players have surpassed Serena in recent years. Iwa Swiatek was the #1-ranked player heading into Wimbledon and while she lost, other young players like Simona Halep, Ons Jabeur and eventual winner, Elena Rybakina, showed enough to prove that female Tennis is in good hands.
In the ATP, however, two members of the ‘Big Three’ still rule the roost with an iron hand. When Gael Monfils, Tsitsipas, Medvedev and Kyrgios burst onto the scene, many fans were excited at the thought of how these young, hungry stars would give the established trio a fight and eventually unseat them. That has not happened.
Since 2010, members of the Big Three have won 41 of 50 available Grand Slam titles. The Younger male players directly behind them have not been able to mop up the excess either. Of the nine available titles in that period, Sir Andy Murray won three, Stan Wawrinka won three and Marin Čilić won one Grand Slam.
Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev each won one Grand Slam, which means that in the last 12 years, only two players still under 30 have won a Grand Slam in the Fedal/Djokovic era. If/when the big three starts to slow down, the players best positioned to step into the breach will be exciting newcomers, Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner.
Wimbledon has ended but the next Grand Slam is just a month away. Watch this space for more Tennis previews/reviews and don’t forget to bet on ALL your Tennis games with BetKing.
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