Wimbledon

The Return of a Fantastic Federer

Under Wimbledon's Roof, Federer Rolls Past Murray For 17th Grand Slam Title

The Wall Street Journal (7/8/12)
WIMBLEDON, England—It wasn't long ago that Roger Federer, No. 1 in the world again and a Wimbledon champion for a record-tying seventh time, looked this spectacular all the time. Read more…


How Serena Got Her Groove Back

Williams Beats Radwanska For 5th Wimbledon Championship and 14th Grand Slam Title

The Wall Street Journal (7/7/12)
WIMBLEDON, England—In her comeback from two surgeries on her foot, blood clots in her lungs and a hematoma, Serena Williams has shown flashes of her former brilliance. Her power was always apparent. Her serve, the best in the history of women's tennis, remained smooth and effortless. There wasn't another player who could match her combination of forceful shots and athleticism. Read more…


The Wimbledon Final We All Wanted

The Wall Street Journal (7/6/12)
WIMBLEDON, England—Wimbledon will get the men’s final everyone was begging for. Read more…


Roger Federer’s Wimbledon Bluff

The Wall Street Journal (7/6/12)
WIMBLEDON, England—Roger Federer is known for brilliance, for elegance, for wondrous shots that few players in history have been able to execute. If he wins Wimbledon this year, though, it will be because of his mastery of an oft-overlooked skill: Federer knows better than anyone how to bluff. Read more…


Wimbledon Throws in the Towel on Trying to Keep Them

Colorful Designs Are Popular Keepsake Among Players; 'The One Thing I Want'

The Wall Street Journal (7/5/12)
WIMBLEDON, England—Wimbledon has discarded another of its many traditions: The towel police are history. Read more…


Murray and Williams at Their Best

The Wall Street Journal (7/4/12)
WIMBLEDON, England—What does it take to win Wimbledon? For Andy Murray, it might be as simple as a looming deadline, like the All England Club's 11:00 p.m. curfew or a grim weather forecast. For Serena Williams, it might be nothing more than a few stern words from her older sister, Venus. Read more…


The Subtlest Player at Wimbledon

The Wall Street Journal (7/3/12)
WIMBLEDON, England—Everyone expects an über jock to win the Wimbledon women's tournament. Someone like Petra Kvitova, the defending champion and all-world ball smasher, or Serena Williams, the ace queen and four-time winner here, or even Sabine Lisicki, the powerful German who pummeled world No. 1 Maria Sharapova Monday. This is reasonable: Wimbledon has never been a place for timid tennis players, and no one who relied more on guile than athleticism has won this event since Martina Hingis in 1997. Read more…


At No. 1, Sharapova Loses Again

The Wall Street Journal (7/2/12)
WIMBLEDON, England—No. 1 remains Maria Sharapova’s unlucky number.
The French Open champion and world’s No. 1 player exited Wimbledon Monday, and did it in a hurry. Sabine Lisicki, who lost to Sharapova in last year’s Wimbledon semifinal, routinely handled Sharapova this time, 6-4, 6-3. She finished the match with a gutsy second serve ace. Read more…


Is Wimbledon Title Meant for Murray?

The Wall Street Journal (7/2/12)
WIMBLEDON, England—It may seem like destiny, like the tennis Gods have conspired to give Andy Murray the Wimbledon title. First there were some unusual, and favorable, foot fault calls against Murray's second-round opponent, the 6-foot-10 Ivo Karlovic, who may or may not be a giant, ace-smashing robot. Then Rafael Nadal, who holds two Wimbledon titles and has beaten Murray here three times, lost to a Wimbledon rookie. And Saturday, a tired Marcos Baghdatis capitulated at just the right moment as Murray finished off a 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory at 11:02 p.m. under the Centre Court roof, two minutes past the All England Club's no-exceptions curfew. Read more…


Shvedova’s Golden Day at Wimbledon

The Wall Street Journal (6/30/12)
WIMBLEDON, England—What does it take to win a golden set — 24 straight points in tennis — while your opponent suffers the sport’s ultimate humiliation? For Yaroslava Shvedova, it required a jumping, over-the-shoulder, hook-shot overhead for a winner. And a second-serve ace down the T at 108 miles per hour. There was a backhand that clipped the net cord and went in and a lunging forehand drop volley. And, on the last point, a line-drive forehand that barely crossed the net, followed by a looping, forehand, crosscourt passing shot with lots of spin. Read more…


The Amazing Adventures of Brian Baker

The Wall Street Journal (6/30/12)
WIMBLEDON, England—In April of 2011, when Brian Baker was ready to start playing professional tennis again after five surgeries and six years off, he wanted to play a challenger tournament in Pittsburgh. The catch: He had no ranking points, so there was no spot for him, and he wasn’t picked in a lottery for a wild card into the qualifying tournament. All that was left to do was to call the U.S. Tennis Association and see if they could give him a wild card into qualifying. Back home in Nashville, he waited. Read more…


Wimbledon: The Roof Is … Not Open

The Wall Street Journal (6/29/12)
WIMBLEDON, England—Here’s the trouble with Wimbledon’s roof: It shouldn’t be used just because it’s about to get dark. Read more…


The Mystery Man Who Beat Nadal

The Wall Street Journal (6/28/12)
WIMBLEDON, England—It turns out tennis is played by mortals after all.
In a stunning upset at Wimbledon, Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon in the second round, 6-7(9), 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. His strategy? Hit every ball as hard as humanly possible. Rosol, ranked No. 100 in the world, closed out the final game with three aces and a forehand winner. He was well aware of the shock he had caused. Read more…


Slow Tennis? Don’t Blame It On the Rain

The Wall Street Journal (6/26/12)
WIMBLEDON, England—When showers returned to Wimbledon at around 8:15 p.m. local time Tuesday night, 12 matches were left unfinished. But don’t blame the rain. The problem isn’t the weather, it’s modern tennis. In brief: It takes forever. Read more…


The Next Stop on Baker’s Comeback Tour

The Wall Street Journal (6/26/12)
WIMBLEDON, England—For a tennis player who has had five surgeries, a little soreness and a few bags of ice are nothing to complain about. Brian Baker even welcomes them. Read more…


Who Can Upset Tennis's Untouchables?

The Wall Street Journal (6/26/12)
WIMBLEDON, England
—They are the mighty men of tennis, so imposing that they make the first week and a half of Grand Slam tournaments seem almost insignificant. Together, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have won 28 of the last 29 Grand Slam singles titles, and everyone expects one of them to win Wimbledon a week from Sunday. Read more…


What Happened to John Isner?

The Wall Street Journal (6/25/12)
WIMBLEDON, England
—John Isner is staggered. Bewildered. Thoroughly, hopelessly confused. Read more…


The Competition for Wimbledon Digs

The Wall Street Journal (6/21/12)
For the world's best tennis players, the charm of Wimbledon isn't grass courts, ivy or the tradition of all-white clothes. It's the chance to live in a lovely Wimbledon home. Read more…


2011


How Djokovic Slayed the Giants

The Wall Street Journal (7/4/11)
Wimbledon champ's rise past Federer and Nadal was both quick and years in the making

WIMBLEDON, England—Novak Djokovic, the Wimbledon champion and new world No. 1, didn't even have time to party.
After his four-set victory over Rafael Nadal in Sunday's men's final, Djokovic showed off the Wimbledon trophy to gathering crowds, met the media, attended the champions dinner, sent around some snazzy photos via Twitter—and then went to bed around 1 a.m. On Monday morning, he stopped by the All England Club for more television, more interviews, more talk than he had ever expected. Read more...


The New King of the Court

The Wall Street Journal (7/3/11)
WIMBLEDON, England
—The year 2011, otherwise known as the Year of the Serb, hasn't taken everyone in the tennis world by surprise.
In Belgrade last December, after Novak Djokovic leveled the Davis Cup final between Serbia and France at 2-2, Slobodan Zivojinovic, once Serbia's best male player and now the president of its tennis federation, sat in his tiny office in the bowels of Belgrade Arena and smoked one cigarette after another, a fading one used to light a fresh one. Read more...


Kvitova Beats Sharapova to Win Wimbledon Title

The Wall Street Journal (7/02/11)
WIMBLEDON, England
—Meet the sweet, smiling Petra Kvitova. Stand on a tennis court and she can smell your blood. Read more…


Wimbledon’s Other Spectator Sport: The Queue

The Wall Street Journal (7/1/11)
WIMBLEDON, England—At Wimbledon, it's more fashionable than ever to wait. And wait. And wait some more. Read more...


Wimbledon’s Loud Year

The Wall Street Journal (7/1/11)
WIMBLEDON, England
—Ladies and gentlemen, here's your official guide to Wimbledon's final weekend. Read more…


Tsonga Rallies to Stun Federer at Wimbledon

The Wall Street Journal (6/30/11)
WIMBLEDON, England
—The most dangerous man in tennis feels good—and he ought to feel a little bit lucky, too. Read more…


Britain’s Great Enigma

The Wall Street Journal (6/28/11)
WIMBLEDON, England
—There are too many Andy Murrays.
One minute he's a mope, a mutterer, a self-hater; the next a believer and a tireless competitor. He can play tactically brilliant tennis with lots of drop shots and touch, or swing with abandon and belt winners, or play so tentatively that he doesn't seem to be doing much of anything at all. Read more…


The Day Half the Field Goes Home

The Wall Street Journal (6/25/11)
WIMBLEDON, England
—On the walk to Court 18, where there's a plaque to commemorate the longest tennis match of all time, there's a giant iron rolling pin, the "pony roller," given to what was then the All England Croquet Club. Read more…


The Early Days of One Would-Be Federer

The Wall Street Journal (6/23/11)
WIMBLEDON, England
—Tennis has a Roger Federer problem: When the 16-time Grand Slam champion eventually retires, fans are going to want another Federer to follow—and he’s not going to be easy to find. Read more…


The Big-Serving Boom Is Over

The Wall Street Journal (6/21/11)
WIMBLEDON, England
—No matter what happens Tuesday when John Isner and Nicolas Mahut meet in Wimbledon's first round for the second straight year, neither man will end up winning the tournament. Why? Because Wimbledon, once a haven for men with booming serves and not much else, is now where big servers go to die. Read more...


Federer’s Best Shot

The Wall Street Journal (6/17/11)
Roger Federer shouldn't look this good.
He has played 959 professional matches in his career, appeared in 46 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments and spent more than a decade criss-crossing time zones while collecting a record 16 major singles titles and more than $60 million in prize money. Married and the father of twin 22-month-old girls, Mr. Federer brings his family—jet lag, runny noses and all—on the road with him from Melbourne to Paris to London to New York, and many places in between. Read more...