10 of the Most Iconic Moments in Wimbledon
There’s nothing more eagerly anticipated in the British summer calendar than the Wimbledon tennis championships, and now the wait is finally over. The oldest tennis tournament in the world, Wimbledon is as quintessentially British as high-tea, fish and chips and a polite queuing system.
We have been keenly awaiting the start of the tournament, and while biding our time ahead of this year’s season we decided to look back on some of the most ionic Wimbledon moments through the years. From Fred Perry’s first ever win for Britain in 1934, to that Nadal v Federer match in 2008, and Murray’s outstanding win in 2013, Wimbledon has brought us some incredible moments through history.
Have a look at our illustrations below and relive the highlights of Wimbledon over time, as we head in to the 2017 tournament.
1). 1934 - Fred Perry Wins for Britain
In 1934 Fred Perry took the men’s title for Britain for the first time. Perry won again in 1935 and 1936, which was the last British men’s win until 2013. Perry’s first win was nothing short of outstanding, taking the trophy in a rapid 45-minute game against Germany’s Baron von Gottfried. The British champion has a statue in his honour at the All England Club.
2). 1977 - Virginia Wade is First British Woman to Win
In 1977 Virginia Wade became the first British woman to win the Wimbledon title, and to this day Wade remains the only British female champion. Wade was presented with her trophy by Queen Elizabeth II, a moment that filled much of the nation with pride.
3). 1981 - John McEnroe Shouts at the Referee
The most famous outburst in Wimbledon history came from John McEnroe in 1981. The immortal line “you cannot be serious” was shouted by McEnroe after the umpire refused to rule his serve. McEnroe continued to spout a tirade of invective, but his luck turned later that season when he went on to win the tournament. The famous line has maintained notoriety and is still used to this day.
4). 1990 - Martina Navratilova Wins 9th Tournament
In 1990 Martina Navratilova set herself a goal to break Helen Wills’ record of winning eight Wimbledon finals. Navratilova went all out to push herself to the limit and it paid off. In her seven singles matches she didn’t come close to conceding a set, and took the record for winning nine tournaments.
5). 1996 - Martina Hingis is Youngest Winner
Aged just 15 years and 9 months old, Swiss player Martina Hingis became the youngest ever champion in 1996. Hingis won the women’s doubles title playing alongside Helena Sukova, to take the trophy. To this day Hingis still holds the record for youngest Wimbledon champion.
6). 2001 - Goran Ivanisevic Takes the Title
30-year old Goran Ivanisevic was the ultimate underdog when he took on Pat Rafter in the 2001 final. Ivanisevic had three previous Wimbledon finals under his belt, all of which he had lost. While he had 21 trophies for his successful tennis career he had yet to achieve his dream of taking the Grand Slam title. He got into the 2001 tournament as a wildcard, only having a ranking of 125 at the time. However, he grafted his way through the draw to ultimately win the final.
7). 2008 - Nadal takes on Federer
Described by John McEnroe as the greatest match he had ever seen, this incredible battle gripped every viewer. With Federer vying to be the first modern man to win a sixth successive title, and Nadal hoping to take the trophy for the first time, it was tough to know who to support. The quality of play from both contenders was outstanding, but Nadal ultimately went on to claim victory.
8). 2009 - Installation of Roof
British summer weather can be unpredictable to say the least, and sunshine is never guaranteed, so it made sense that a roof be installed over Centre Court to keep matches running come rain or shine. Ironically, for the opening week of the 2009 season the sun shone brightly, but when the rain did arrive during the Mauresmo v Safina match on 29th June, the roof was put to its first use.
9). 2010 - Mahut vs Isner in Longest Match Ever
The 2010 match between Isner and Mahut remains the longest match in tennis history, in terms of both times and number of games. The epic game was played out over a course of three days taking a total time of 11 hours and 5 minutes. The match was comprised over 183 games, leaving Isner victorious with a final score of 6-4, 306, 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (7-3), 70-68.
10). 2013 - Andy Murray Wins for Britain
It had been 77 years since Britain’s last men’s champion, when Andy Murray took the coveted trophy in in 2013. The dramatic match against world number one Novak Djokovic was played over 3 hours and 10 minutes, with Murray being cheered on by the majority of the 15,000 spectators on Centre Court, and many more at home. The victorious Scot roared in delight at his win, before sinking to his knees in shock and delight.
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