A week on from Wimbledon…

Stefanos Tsitsipas involvement in the Centre Court chaos a product of his own making, similary to the toilet breaks saga from last year

One word, disappointed. I like Stefanos Tsitsipas and what he can bring to the tennis court but I have felt since last years Roland Garros final he has become distracted and involved in trivial c**p of his own doing.

The toilet break saga from Cincinnati and New York last year was terrible from him, it wasn’t helped by being fuelled by Patrick Mouratoglou giving an interview as to why he does it. Stefanos’ involvement this year at Wimbledon is what Nick wanted. The Greek lost all composure, hit a ball into the crowd and on three separate occasions went for Nick at the net with the ball. It was sad to watch but he fuelled his own downfall.

At 37 the unbeaten run of Iga Swiatek came to an end at the racket of Alize Cornet but I don’t think it will be long until the former Junior Champion is a Ladies Champion in London

I thought Iga would win Wimbledon, then again coming into a Grand Slam on a 35 match winning streak is pretty insane but her game slightly crumbled to the hands of Alize Cornet who has been wonderful at the majors this year.

Alize is there to disrupt and she does it well, she falls into the bracket of players I would like to avoid in a major and that is meant with the greatest of respect.

Iga has powered her way through the draws in recent months but on grass the slice will soak it up and the French woman did it soo well. I do think it is a matter of time before Iga wins Wimbledon but I do think she will win another major before returning to SW19 in 2023.

Pre-Pandemic no one was playing better than Elena Rybakina, now a Wimbledon champion what is next for the 23 year old?

The 23 year old was tearing it up in 2020 at the age of 20 with four finals and one title in the first couple of months before the world came to a stand still.

It was a wonderful run to the title at Wimbledon, completely unexpected but deserved and now question is, what is next?

I think the rest of the season could be seen as a free hit, Elena has good consistency since 2020 and I do think it is a matter of time until that consistency turns into a bit of dominance, points would have taken her to No.5 but the 23 year old will have to wait for her top ten debut.

British players star at Wimbledon as 10 progressed to the second round in a successful grass court season on home soil.

A very good tournament for the British players, 10 British players advanced to the second round at Wimbledon (the most since 1997) in what was a wonderful few weeks of tennis on the grass courts around the country.

Andy Murray d. James Duckworth – 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-4
Emma Raducanu d. Alison Van Utyvanck 6-4 6-4
Cam Norrie d. Pablo Andújar 6-0 7-6 6-3
Heather Watson d. Tamara Korpatsch 6-7 7-5 6-2
Jack Draper d. Zizou Bergs 6-4 6-4 7-6
Alastair Gray d. Chun-hsin Tseng 6-3 6-3 7-6
Ryan Peniston d. Henri Laaksonen 6-4 6-3 6-2
Liam Broady d. Lukas Klein 4-6 6-3 7-5 6-7 6-3
Katie Boulter d. Clara Burel 7-5 6-3
Harriet Dart d. Rebeka Masarova 6-1 6-4

A shoutout as well to all the players and to Paul Jubb, Sonay Kartal, Katie Swan and Yuriko Miyazaki who pushed their opponents but just didn’t get over the line.

The special shoutout of the opening round for me goes to Heather Watson. It was a performance of fight and determination over two days and realisation and remembrance of the pressures of a sports person in a very open and emotional interview.

Winless on grass until Wimbledon, Jannik Sinner showed what he can bring to London in the coming years…

It was quite the stat before the tournament, Jannik Sinner hadn’t won a match on grass in his career but made it to the quarter finals where he led Novak Djokovic by two sets to love.

The Italian brought his rocket of a forehand to play and was a delight to watch, his performance against Alcaraz in particular was exceptional in a tricky run to the final eight:

R1 – 7-5 4-6 6-3 6-2 vs Stan Wawrinka
R2 – 6-4 6-3 5-7 6-2 vs Mikael Ymer
R3 – 6-4 7-6 6-3 vs John Isner
R4 – 6-1 6-4 6-7 6-3 vs Carlos Alcaraz
QF – 5-7 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-2 vs Jannik Sinner

Harmonie Tan ceased her moment in the spotlight on her Wimbledon debut to send Serena Williams out in an epic encounter

“Wow, just wow” Harmony Tan defeats Serena Williams in 3 hour battle on Centre Court

Novak Djokovic fought from at least a set down in his last three matches but a seventh Wimbledon title was never in doubt

Novak Djokovic now has 21 Grand Slam titles, 7 of them at Wimbledon and despite a disrupted season the Serb once again starred on the Centre Court where he hasn’t lost a match since 2013 when Andy Murray defeated him.

He did fall at least a set down in the quarter final, semi-finals and final but pulled through and his performance against Jannik Sinner from two sets down was sublime.

Ons Jabeur has the variety in her game to win a major but the timing of when to change up the pace and react to her opponents domination is still lacking in her game

I was hoping we would see Ons win her first major but watching her against Rybakina brought me back to a recent Rome final with Iga Swiatek, the change-up came too late.

Elena was on the drop shot and her net play was better than the Tunisian but she took too long to change it up and the slice was being jumped on. I think the timing of when to change the pace is still something that is missing, the best in recent years was Ash Barty, I don’t doubt for a minute that Ons won’t get there but I felt this was a big opportunity missed.

Tim van Rijthoven, the Dutch wildcard continued where he left off in S-Hertogenbosch

Having made his ATP debut on home soil at S-Hertogenbosch winning the title which included wins over Fritz, Gaston, Auger-Aliassime and Medvedev the Dutchman was rewarded with a Wimbledon wildcard.

His dream run of form ended in the fourth round on Centre Court to Novak Djokovic, a meeting he dreamed of. The 25 year old was making his debut and I hope for him it does open more doors now again a shame there were no ranking points on offer.

Jule Niemeier’ Wimbledon debut one to remember with a strong run to the quarter finals.

German players have always done well at Wimbledon and Jule Niemeier had a wonderful debut, last year she went out in the first round of qualifying, this year the 22 year old finishing a quarter finalist but without the point which would have seen her way inside the top 100.

Most of her tennis has come on the lower circuit with only 24 matches on the main tour played but I liked her baseline game and ability to mix it up on the grass is key. She will be one to watch in the coming months.

Cam Norrie broke new ground at Grand Slam level on home soil just when he needed it.

I’m pleased for Cam Norrie, I felt after a disappointing Queens the Brit needed a good run at Wimbledon and he finished a semi-finalist having never made it past the third round of a major before.

This could be a big building block for Cam who has had a wonderful couple of years of consistency and to make a breakthrough at a major was the next stage, I think it came at a good time for him and this will be key going into the end of the season, again another player where it is a great shame no points are on offer.

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