The last ball has been hit at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships and what a tournament it has been. It featured shock losses, against the odds wins and an amazing amount of inspirational and unforgettable moments.
One of those moments is the story of Marcus Willis .The Great British player ranked 772 in the world had to play the pre-Wimbledon qualifying event to even make the qualifying event that he went on to win. He then went on to shock the world by winning his first-round match in the main draw against a player ranked 54 in the world. It was left to the legend that is Roger Federer to end Marcus’s incredible run. However Marcus Willis who was considering quitting the game altogether earlier this year goes away with the belief that he can achieve great things.
Another inspiring moment came from the big-serving American Sam Querry who knocked out Novak Djokovic to break his phenomenal run of winning all four grand slams in a row. The match featured all the drama that rain delays and the thought of the world number one going out could create. Sam Querry overcame the odds to knock out one of the games greats.
Then there was Venus Williams making the semi-finals of the Ladies Championships. Venus has Sjogren’s Syndrom where symptoms include muscle stiffness and tiredness. Despite this her dedication to the game has been phenomenal and it’s truly inspiring how her illness has not prevented her from achieving great things such as winning this years Ladies Doubles with her sister Serena.
Serena Williams also won this years Ladies Championship equalling Steffi Graff’s twenty two grand slam wins. Having lost the final of Australian Open and Roland Garros this year many wondered if the pressure of achieving this record was too much but as always like she has done countless times in her career she proved all her critics wrong.
Speaking of winning grand slams Nicolas Mahut won the Gentleman’s Doubles along with his partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert. Mahut is famous in Wimbledon’s history for losing the longest match ever against John Isner. The match lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes with the final set ending 70 games to 68. A painful loss but Mahut now has an amazing memory at Wimbledon by winning the doubles final.
Then there’s Heather Watson who was out of the first round of the Ladies Championships with a tough loss against Annika Beck ending in 12 games to 10 in the final set. It wasn’t the same story for Heather in the mixed doubles. It was her and her partner Henri Kontinen’s first tournament together. They got walkovers in the first two rounds which meant their first match win was in the third round when they beat the legends that are Martina Hingis and Leander Paes. If that wasn’t enough they went on to the win the whole thing to become the 2016 Mixed Doubles Champions. What a fairytale!
Last but not least we have Murray who like Serena lost the Australian Open and Roland Garros in the final this year but he bounced back to win the 2016 Gentleman’s Wimbledon title and delighted a nation.
When I look back at Wimbledon 2016 one word will come to mind, inspirational. It proves you can never give up ever.