For this journal task I have chosen to blog about the 2015 Wimbledon Tennis Championships. For those who aren’t major tennis supporters; Wimbledon is a grand slam tournament played once every year at the All England Tennis Club in London, England. This grand slam is considered to be the most prestigious and unique tournament as:
- It is the only tournament to have all nineteen courts sown with rye grass.
- Wimbledon is the oldest tournament that continues to be played since 1877 and is therefore steeped in history and tradition.
- It is the only grand slam that still requires players to wear all-white attire for the match.
- Rewards the champion of each division with a larger sum of prize money than any other grand slam.
Hello and welcome, fellow Australians to another spectacular day at the Wimbledon tennis Championships. The weather is looking very fine indeed with lots of sunshine leading up to today’s exciting agenda. In today’s singles third round draw we will see lots of Aussies in action throughout the day, with matches featuring Nick Kyrgios, Bernard Tomic and Sam Groth in the gentlemen’s singles; and our very own Sam Stosur and Casey Dellacqua in the ladies singles.
The gates of the All England Tennis Club have just opened, and from up here in our commentary box we can see thousands of tennis enthusiasts streaming across walkways, in an uninterrupted flow of bright white shirts, sunglasses, straw hats and umbrellas. For today’s agenda of matches, my colleague Chris will be posting up a live blog on the ladies singles rounds, while I will be analysing the gentlemen’s singles rounds, informing you about our amazing male Aussies in action today.
Today’s first gentlemen’s singles match will feature our very own Aussie tennis sensation Nick Kyrgios against Canada’s rising star, Milos Raonic. This match will surely have Australians all over the country glued to the television screen.
Let’s recap the history of both these extraordinary tennis players, to see how their skills have developed over previous tournaments and how these experiences may favour them in today’s match.
Nick Kyrgios, only twenty years of age came into the sporting limelight after his shocking 2014 Wimbledon performance. Kyrgios, who is said to be the next Australian tennis ace, was ranked 144th on the ATP rankings chart this time last year. However, his incredible performance taking him to the Wimbledon quarter finals in 2014 saw him flying through the ranks at world number 29; with a seeded rank of 26 for this year’s Wimbledon.
Nick’s 2014 fourth round match-up saw him up against one of the world’s greatest tennis icons, Rafael Nadal from Spain; who at the time was ranked number one on the ATP listings. Kyrgios was thought to have little hope in winning a set, let alone the match against Nadal; but he seemed to prove TAB betting guidelines and the rest of the world wrong when he defeated the Spaniard in four sets: 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3. In fact, Kyrgios is the first player outside the top one hundred to have beaten the world number one since the Andrei Olhovsky versus Jim Courier match in 1992.
This victory then lead Kyrgios into a quarter final match up with Canada’s Milos Raonic. The match ended with Raonic taking the victory after a four set win: 6-7 6-2 6-4 7-6. Therefore, today’s match acts as a rematch to last year’ quarter final and will show if and how Kyrgios has successfully developed his skill and technique over this time. It will also show Raonic’s potential for the future being a number seven seed at the tournament this year and youngest tennis player in the men’s top ten rankings.
Today’s match will certainly be one of interest as both these players are known for their big service game. Raonic should be targeting Kyrgios’ weaknesses by getting close up to the net, something which Kyrgios rarely seems to do, and varying his serve to try and fit in as many aces as possible. As for Kyrgios, he should try and counteract the above strategy by making an appearance at the net more often and playing his groundstrokes strategically. He should also attempt to target Raonic’s backhand as he appears to have less control and power in that particular groundstroke.
Well it seems like the match is about to begin as court two seems to be teeming with people and vulture-like camera men across the stands. I guess I better get going!