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Wimbledon: Top 5 memorable moments

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With the world famous grass court grand slam just around the corner it only seems fitting to take a look back over the years at the top 5 greatest moments we have been lucky enough to witness on the courts.

5. Fred Perry becomes the first male British tennis player to win Wimbledon

Perry became the first man to win Wimbledon in 1934 and continued to reign in the two years that followed. He has since been pivotal in changing the face of tennis forever.

Throughout his career he managed to rack up an impressive four David Cup wins and eight major single titles, three of which included Wimbledon.

During this time players from an upper class background dominated tennis and with Perry coming from the working class sector he became a hero in the eyes of many.

Along with this, his behaviour didn’t sit lightly with the majority of officials who saw this behaviour as a sign of disrespect for his opponents.

Despite this Perry didn’t let this stop him achieving to prove his critics wrong, but the Wimbledon prize money was only £10 compared to today’s jackpot of £1.6 million.

Being remembered by the iconic clothing range designed in his honour back in 1952 Perry’s contribution to tennis was fundamental in making the game what it is today.

4. John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg’s unforgettable 1980 final 

Since being replaced by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal these two legends shared a rivalry like no other which came to blows in the iconic final of 1980.

With both players breaking the norms of stereotypical tennis in their own right things got slightly heated when the pair met. McEnroe’s fiery temper was always a far cry from Borg’s cool and collective nature.

Nobody could forget the agonising fourth set tiebreak where McEnroe eventually triumphed 18-16, but Borg came out on top winning the fifth set.

However, this was in fact his last Wimbledon win despite winning the previous four years. The pair met again the following summer to settle some unfinished business with McEnroe prevailing.

3. The power-due of the Williams sisters

Between them these two sisters have racked up an impressive ten Wimbledon championships, dominating the courts over the past decade proving almost unbeatable.

The pair have also proved how two is sometimes better than one by winning the doubles championship together an impressive five times.

Despite their unarguable success in tennis winning has not always come easy to the pair after meeting each other a total of four times in the Wimbledon final facing them with the inevitable challenge of competing against your own family member.

However, these American powerhouses have managed to raise the bar of women’s tennis with no one coming close to matching their stamina and skill.

2. Roger Federer matches Pete Sampras Wimbledon record

The Swiss won the championship back in 2012 which meant he was able to match Sampras’ record of winning an astonishing seven times.

Not only this but Federer has undoubtedly been a breath of fresh air since he emerged providing us with world-class tennis and quickly becoming a crowd favourite.

Despite attempting to exceed Sampras’ record the following year Federer had the most disappointing exit from a grand slam of his career and for the first time in nine years the quarter-finals of Wimbledon took place without him, after he was knocked out in the second round.

He currently holds a total of 17 grand slam wins compared to Sampras’ 14. All eyes will be on the Swiss favourite this summer to see whether he has still got what it takes to play against tennis’ elite.

1. Andy Murray wins Wimbledon

The day Andy Murray won Wimbledon the nation jumped for joy after a 77-year wait for another Brit to succeed in the tournament.

After a nail biting three hours ten minutes Murray won 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 not dropping a single set triumphing former champion Novak Djokovic.

With all chances being lost after Tim Henman lost in the semi-finals a soul-destroying four times Britain wondered whether there would ever be another opportunity at winning the championship.

However, after Murray managed to prove all the critics wrong and even more so after his Olympic gold win the same year the nation will be praying he can do it all again this year.


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Roger Federer
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