We’re a week into the 2016 Wimby tournament and there’s been rain delays galore, a major upset and unexpected glory.
Thanks to my Twitter friends @lozblume and @AMissShellyA on Twitter for sharing their photos for this article.
Wild Wimby Weather
During the first five days there was rain, rain, patches of blue skies, then rain again. There was so little play on one day that tickets were refunded. Can’t even imagine how soggy the grounds must be where people were camping in the queue.
For further information please consult my article on Rain Readiness Conditions (RAINCON) for Wimbledon (an article inspired by actual events)
Play continues on the Middle Sunday
Having the middle Sunday as a day off is one of the unique things about Wimbledon compared to the other Grand Slam tournaments. Due to the rain delays play will go on during the middle Sunday for only the fourth time in 139 years. In what seems like a sensible way to sell tickets, there were 22,000 sold online with a maximum of two per household. That means no queueing required, although even if you were able to buy a Centre Court or Court 1 ticket, they are unreserved seats so I’m sure there will be queueing early to get good seats, and for getting into the grounds and through the bag inspections. Even I would be willing to queue for such a great opportunity and fun atmosphere amongst fans who didn’t expect to see live tennis today.
The ‘happy days’ story of the week goes to 25 year old British player Marcus Willis, world number 772 who has won 50 pounds prize-money year to date, who pre-qualified for qualifying and then qualified, won the first round and went on to play Federer on Centre Court. Federer defeated him in straight sets but both he, and his girlfriend, will be remembered. I hope he continues his good form – his smiling happy personality is an asset to tennis.
Here’s a Wimbledon vid of the details
Juan Martin Del Potro
Although not completely unexpected (or as much a surprise as the Willis story!) I couldn’t be happier that Delpo has made it through to play Pouille today after defeating Wawrinka in Round 2. He says he’s still not 100% but it’s so great to see him back on court and winning again. Although playing three days in a row due to the rain delays can’t be the best way to return from injury.
The biggest upset to date is 2015 Champion Novak Djokovic losing to World No.41 Sam Querrey in the third round.
The match was disrupted by rain when Djokovic was 2 sets down but I expected him to come back laser focused on comprehensively winning the next three sets. He got the third set but not the fourth. It was Djokovic’s first grand slam loss since the 2015 French Open and put an end to his calendar year slam which seemed likely after he won the Aus and French Opens.
Other notable mentions
Dimitrov lost to Johnson in R3
Theim lost to Vesely in R2
Paire lost to Millman in R2
Kvitova lost to Makarova in R2
Muguruza lost to Cepelova in R2
Ivanovic lost to Qualifier Alexandrova in R1
I don’t have too many photos of the player fashions, but am loving Serena’s dress, and Genie’s not so much.
I’ll leave you with a Taste of the Fan Fashions on the Field.
What highlights or upsets did I miss? Please let me know in the comments below.
Until next time
Grand Slam Gal