Wimbledon 2015 Week 1 has been awesome! So many memories already.
I had such a fabulous day at Wimbledon last Monday on Day 1 of the tournament. I was able to watch the Centre Court matches, see loads of players walking to and from the Practice Courts and catch up with friends. The weather was perfect, the tennis was high quality, the crowd was fabulous and we picked up an endless snack pack at Waitrose prior to arriving at the grounds.
My memories of Week 1 are:
- The glorious weather
- The heat wave that lasted all of two days
- The queue, which got filled, according to reports, earlier than ever before
- Seeing the beautiful Day 1 grass on Centre Court
- The lovely crowds
- Being able to see loads of players walking to and from the practice courts and signing autographs.
The match that stands out most in my memory is Muguruza v Kerber in Round Three. These ladies played incredible tennis for an incredibly long time. More memories (good and bad) are:
- Rafa being defeated by Brown in Round 2
- Williams defeating Watson in 3 sets in Round 3
- Bencic’s great run on grass
- Jankovic defeating defending champion Kvitova
- Verdasco playing hundreds (well 2 anyway) of 5 set matches
- Kygios and his ‘discussions’ with the linespeople and umpire
- Tomic’s outburst and the reaction by Tennis Australia
- Ward’s run to the third round
- Cilic v Isner being delayed overnight then finishing quickly
- Simon v Monfils being moved to Centre Court.
I asked my Twitter friends to share their best memories of Wimbledon Week 1. This is what they tweeted:
@GrandSlamGal I agree… Most memorable moment for me was the first set of Muguruza-Kerber. Best set of women’s tennis i’ve watched in 2015.
— James Peeling (@MooTennisBlog) July 5, 2015
On Watson v Williams
@GrandSlamGal For me it has to be the third set of Serena/Watson… something i’ll always remember in terms of atmosphere — Paul Yearley (@GameSetMatchWTA) July 5, 2015
@GrandSlamGal HW v SW Fantastic Drama on CC just Tennis at its Best Crowd was Electric First time Ive seen it like that For a British Female — Shaheen Ashraf (@topgooner100) July 5, 2015
@GrandSlamGal The wimbledon crowd booing Serena. I never thought they would sink to the low levels of the Roland Garros crowd. — fedserfan (@fedserfan) July 5, 2015
@GrandSlamGal From a British POV it has to be Watson pushing Serena all the way. Muguruza v Kerber was outstanding too. — Alex Nunn (@aj_ranger) July 5, 2015
@GrandSlamGal Serena overcoming the crowd to beat Watson on Centre Court. Stayed calm and focused, didn’t fall apart. #GoSerena ♥ — Eternal Sunshine (@honesgirl) July 5, 2015
@GrandSlamGal definitely Williams v Watson — Jack Jack Jack (@KhuzArsenal) July 5, 2015
On Nadal v Brown
@GrandSlamGal ; Mine is Brown vs Nadal!
— MONIQUE SOURDIF (@moniquesourdif) July 5, 2015
On Hewitt/Kokkinakis in Doubles
@GrandSlamGal live tennis… Watching Hewitt and TKokk fightback. Great atmosphere. Also watching Ken and Neal skupski fight so hard against — Zainab Walji (@xenon21) July 5, 2015
@GrandSlamGal personal achievement was managing to capture a Hewitt fist pump on camera pic.twitter.com/jowzBIM4Uc — Zainab Walji (@xenon21) July 5, 2015
@grandslamgal Rusty cruising in the doubles with Kokk. He still has the C’mon magic! — Alex (@AleRafaAlex) July 5, 2015
@GrandSlamGal let’s give doubles some love! Hewitt kokkinakis — footfault tennis (@footfaultblog) July 5, 2015
@GrandSlamGal My personal favourite experience this week was Lleyton/Kokkinakis doubles. 5 set fightbacks. — Kate (@serb_it_out) July 5, 2015
Thanks to @pearlescent48 and @serb_it_out for sharing the photos below.
On other matches:
@GrandSlamGal oh and having the pleasure of sitting near Judy for Jamie dubs match. Love hearing her support her boys — Zainab Walji (@xenon21) July 5, 2015
@GrandSlamGal : One more, 😄 knowing that @andyroddick will be at Wimbledon on Wed till Sunday. 💖 — MONIQUE SOURDIF (@moniquesourdif) July 5, 2015
@GrandSlamGal Seppi – Murray medical timeouts and subsequent equal and opposite momentum shift of 6-1 1-6 set scores #Wimbledon — Kelvin Gray (@0try) July 5, 2015
@GrandSlamGal my Wimbledon Week 1 memory is @VasekPospisil into the last 16 – in both singles and doubles #anythingispospisil — DML (@jumpfroggydml) July 5, 2015
@GrandSlamGal Also Berankis taking Cilic to 5. That was a personal highlight. — Mark. #BEL18VE (@MrAmazinglyAce) July 5, 2015
@GrandSlamGal my favorite moments were Dustin Brown in full flight versus Rafa & Gilles Simon laughing and competing with Gael Monfils. — Andreen (@A_Gallivant) July 5, 2015
@GrandSlamGal Pospisil making fourth round in a slam for the first time — Mark. #BEL18VE (@MrAmazinglyAce) July 5, 2015
@GrandSlamGal @honesgirl James ward and Denis kudla both making runs, nicest guys, well deserved they got attention — S K (@nolesfan2011) July 5, 2015
@GrandSlamGal Rogers Hot Dog Lob of Sam was incredible 2 More Magic from Fed & of course Dustin Brown was so much Fun Love his style of play — Shaheen Ashraf (@topgooner100) July 5, 2015
@GrandSlamGal JJ’s celebration after beating Kvitova. — Goran (@GoranVR) July 5, 2015
@GrandSlamGal the tweener of @rogerfederer — hazarael renoud (@hazarael) July 5, 2015
Thanks to everyone who contributed their tweets for this article. What did we miss? Please share your best Wimbledon Week 1 memories in the comment below.
View more photos from Wimbledon Week 1:
- Djokovic v Kohlschcreiber
- Sharapova, Stephens and Stosur
- The ladies at the Practice Courts
- The men at the Practice Courts
Until next time
Grand Slam Gal
Martin H. says
So many great things happened during a wonderful first week at Wimbledon. For me personally I found myself on Court 3 on both Tuesday 30th June and also Saturday 4th July. Had two really enjoyable days in the sunshine. Great fun watching the players with a lot of flair/charisma such as Gael Monfils (vs Carreno Busta) in round 1 and also Dustin Brown (vs Troicki) in round 3. Even though Dustin lost in four sets.
Its not very often you see a player do a sliced drop shot with the ball having so much ‘back spin’ that the ball lands on the opponents side of the court and then bounces back into the court of the player that did the slice, without the opponent hitting the ball. Yet I saw this twice with both Monfils and Brown managing to do this. Incredible skill.
Also saw the ‘serve-fest’ of Tsonga vs Karlovic. Four sets and only one break of serve. Tsonga breaking Karlovic’s serve in the third set. Yet still Tsonga lost as Karlovic won all of his three sets on a tie-break. Thats the way it goes sometimes……