Thursday, June 25, 2009

2009 Wimbledon Men’s Preview

Change is in the air at the 2009 Wimbledon tennis tournament. A new roof is now covering Centre Court this summer, and a new men’s champion will be crowned this July.

It will be disappointing not seeing Rafael Nadal defending his Wimbledon title, as he couldn’t shake off a knee injury that has plagued him all year. Many tennis experts predicted his play would have been legendary at the All England Tennis Club this year, especially after his early exit from the French Open. We will miss the creativity from Nadal, as could score points from anywhere on the tennis court.

It is a wide open field to win this event. The competition should be fast and furious, so let’s take a closer look at the top contenders in the men’s division:

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Roger Federer
For the first time since 2004, the Men’s field will not have a reigning champion named Roger Federer. He is approaching 28 years old, and many have whispered that Federer is reaching the end of his dominance on the tour. Pete Sampras won his seventh and final men’s title at Wimbledon in 2000 at the ripe old age of 28. If history repeats itself, Federer is in line to take his sixth Wimbledon title and surpass Sampras with his 15th Grand Slam victory.

Novak Djokovic
The press anointed Novak Djokovic ready to challenge Nadal and Federer for the top spot. He won the 2008 Australian Open, but the other shoe never seemed to fall in his development. The same people who praised him were now questioning his toughness after he bowed out of a quarterfinal match against Andy Roddick at this year’s Australian Open. At 22 years old, Djokovic is still young enough to reach the level of play everyone has projected for him.

Andy Roddick
American male tennis players have fallen off the tennis world. No American has won a Grand Slam event since Andy Roddick’s 2003 U.S. Open victory. The key to Roddick’s success is how consistent he can be with his serve and thus keeping service in a match. This year, his motivation will be improving on his early exit from Wimbledon a year ago.

Andy Murray
Recognition has finally come to Andy Murray, as the 22 year old started the tennis season ranked third in the world. Now, Murray must maintain his ranking by winning a Grand Slam tournament this year. His best performance was losing to Federer in the finals of the 2008 U.S. Open. After the match, Murray told the press that he would watch the finals once again and try to identify his weaknesses. He went on to add that it was his job is to improve during the off-season. Murray can outlast anyone on the court, as he possess one of the best backhand shots on the tour. He needs to challenge Federer once again on the big stage, and winning Wimbledon would heighten his popularity in the sport.

Written By Thomas Conroy