It’s that time of the year again for tennis fans to get excited. The biggest event in the sport, the Wimbledon Championship, begins next Monday, June 24.
In this major, some legacies are made and some are broken. This year’s Wimbledon Championship is shaping up to be one for the ages for both the women’s and men’s divisions as booth Serena Williams and Roger Federer are returning to defend their championships from last year. However, the competition won’t be easy.
Tennis great John McEnroe spoke recently in an interview about the upcoming major at Wimbledon and who he believes will fare well in the tournament. Naturally, Williams came to mind.
“Serena is at the top of her game right now and is without a doubt the best women’s tennis player is the world at this time,” said McEnroe of the defending champion.
McEnroe also noted that he was very impressed with how Williams played in the French Open and believes her upcoming opponents are unlikely to outplay her.
“She is one of the best players of all time in her generation,” McEnroe continued,”and right now, she looks unbeatable.”
Women’s tennis great Chris Evert agrees that Williams is without a doubt the favorite going into the tournament.
“She had a great run at the French open and she will be tough to beat at Wimbledon,” Evert stated.
On the men’s side there is much less consensus regarding who is considered the favorite this year. The competitive field is headlined by the four top men’s players of today: Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
“It is hard to say who is the [men's] favorite going into Wimbledon,” McEnroe said. “Djokovic is right now the best tennis player in the world, Roger is the best player on grass of his generation, and Nadal is coming off his win in the French Open. Any of them can come off winning the whole thing.”
One person that McEnroe left out was England native Murray, who will try to become the first British player to win a grand slam at Wimbledon after coming in second place last year.
Yet, no matter who earns the title, there is something both Evert and McEnroe can declare.
“There’s nothing like winning at Wimbledon,” they both said several times during the interview.
This year, Andy Murray could make history by being the first British born player to win at Wimbledon. Also Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have the chance to add a second trophy to their cases if either of them win. And don’t forget Roger Federer, who with seven wins is tied with Pete Sampras for the most wins at Wimbledon. This year be his eighth.
On the women’s side the main focus will be on Williams, who is without a doubt the best women’s tennis player in the world today. With another win at Wimbledon, which would be her sixth and her seventeenth grand slam single’s championship, she could cement her legacy as the best women’s tennis player ever.
Schedule Note: The Wimbledon Championships will begin Monday June 24, 2013.