Madness at Wimbledon

Early in the first week of the historic Grand Slam at SW19, we saw the most injuried ever in a single day at a Grand Slam, with seven being forced to retire early. The most surprising thing though was that they were mostly top players, with several who weren’t injured still losing to their much lower ranked opponents. Thus, the day was dubbed ‘Wouded Wednesday’, and it made the draw a lot easier for home favourite Andy Murray,
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were the biggest shocks for most, falling to Victor Hanesco of Romania and Steven Darcis of Denmark respectively – Nadal in straight sets and Fed in four. There are questions over injury, if they were slipping around on the courts, if they hadn’t had enough practise on grass, or even the idea that the £28,500 you get just for turning up was enough to pesuade them to come.
I can’t see a reason for Roger Federer’s poor play, as he won his warm up 250 in Halle, where he was against, Richard Gasquet Janko Tipsarevic, the big-serving Milos Raonic, and Tommy Haas, although the latter was knocked out of Wimbledon R4 in straight sets by Novak Djokovic yesterday. And that said, Federer is now the Gerry Weber Open champion for the sixth time. However, as always with Roger, he said that his opponent played better than him in Wimbledon’s first round, and I think either that or an injury was the prblem. I think knowing that falling in the first round would plummet him down to fifth in the ATP rankings, the fact he already has $77,500,000 of winnings, and most importantly his personality, he would not just turn up for the first round to get paid.
Rafael Nadal also has a good explanation, he injured himself in the second round last year, jeopardising the rest of his season, so I for one did not think he’d be playing to his full ability. This backs up the fact why he didn’t play a warm up tournament, yet I’d still have expected the 2008 and 2010 champion to do better.
Maria Sharapova also lost on Wounded Wednesday, and outraged the country by moaning the courts consisted of ‘dead grass’ and were unsafe to play. I was also annoyed by Serena Williams – who lost on ‘Manic Monday’ in her round of 16 match when she moaned that she had the hardest draw of everyone. I don’t understand sometimes why people can’t admit they played poorly and get on with. We need more tennis players with the character of Roger Federer.

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