Wednesday, 27 June 2007

Wimbledon starts

One of the Grand Slam events in tennis is underway in the All England Club at Wimbledon.(Other Grand Slams are prestigious US Open, French Open and Australian Open. Coming from Paris, in the men's events the challenge will be to beat either Rafael Nadal-the clay court specialist or Roger Federer -grass court great and current no.1 in rankings. I maybe a bit sceptic but I don't see a repeat of the Final that was in the Roland Garros-Paris. One of the two top seeds will be upset at the quarters or semis.
As for the ladies, Amelie Mauresmo the reigning champ, Maria Sharapova- a former champ , Jelena Jankovic the 3rd seed and rank outsider Serena Williams will make it interesting in the ladies' court.
As usual there will be the over-hyped Britons and disappointment when they fail to perform, strange happenings at the courts- like the nude guys who keep running onto Centre court on a dare, but hope not the scary threats of a deranged fan trying to snatch a racket or something from the players.
Yes, there will be the ooohs and aaahs from the crowds as the players wow them with the back-hand, slices and powerful serves some reaching at least 200mph. There is also the royalty who come to mingle with the 'commoners'-ouch ! Loads of strawberries and juice to be taken for the fans.
More interesting facts:
Attendance figures two years ago totaled 467,191, including a whopping 42,228 on Thursday of the second week. In 2001, a record 490,081 people attended Wimbledon. Last year, 447,126 people entered the hallowed grounds of Wimbledon.
Total prize money was increased by 8.7%, with both the men and women receiving the same amounts.
Roger Federer moved up in class last year, as he became just the seventh player in history to win the coveted Wimbledon championship four straight years. After winning the first two sets, 6-0, 7-6, against second-seeded Rafael Nadal, Federer lost the third set in a tiebreak, but rebounded to win in four, outlasting the Spaniard 6-3 in the final set. (Source: The Sports Network)

Check out the top 10 rankings & money leaders as they go into the Wimbledon Open;
1 Federer,Roger/SUI 7290
2 Nadal,Rafael/ESP 5225
3 Roddick,Andy/USA 3055
4 Davydenko,Nikolay/RUS 3040
5 Djokovic,Novak/SRB 3010
6 Gonzalez,Fernando/CHI 2780
7 Robredo,Tommy/ESP 2200
8 Murray,Andy/GBR 2085
9 Blake,James/USA 2075
10 Haas,Tommy/GER 1960

1. Nadal, Rafael $3,328,082
2. Federer, Roger 2,644,270
3. Djokovic, Novak 1,544,680
4. Gonzalez, Fernando 906,019
5. Davydenko, Nikolay 863,526
6. Ljubicic, Ivan 709,720
7. Roddick, Andy 708,986
8. Youzhny, Mikhail 682,119
9. Canas, Guillermo 652,590
10. Haas, Tommy 595,155
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