Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Closing In on Wimby

The greatest slam of the year is just a few days away, and it's fun to feel the electricity of the event not only just in my head but in an office setting as well.

I always hope for the fairy-tale: for the better-than-scripted Wimbledon to play out before the home crowd. Perhaps Andy Murray can give us such a script, or maybe a Dokic/Stevenson-like performance can be found in the form of a Brit.

Lately, I think that's something that tennis has been missing - the performance of the home-grown heroes at a major. The last time an individual won his or her home slam: Andy Roddick at the 2003 US Open. That's nearly four years gone now - a long time in tennis terms.

Perhaps the formidable line-up the British women have assembled can make some noise. They won seven matches between three players in Eastbourne this week, including three main-draw wins. Put that string together for one player and we could see a resurgence in tennis patriotism via the Union Jack. And, hopefully, for tennis across the globe.


troy said...

Umm my only question why Serena wasn't a 'contender.'

Nick McCarvel said...

Good question indeed. However, the All England Club only gave Serena the 7th seed, nothing special - which means she could face Sharapova or Henin in the quarters.