It’s that time again, Wimbledon has arrived and it’s looking like it could be a hot one this year. The event is packed with history, from Henman’s shock defeat to Goran Ivanisevic, to John McEnroe’s famous outburst. Here we take a look at some of the most memorable moments at Britain’s premier tennis event.
Longest Match Ever
John Isner and Nicolas Mahut played out the longest match in tennis history at Wimbledon in 2010. The first round game took 11 hours and 5 minutes over three days. The final score was 6-6, 3-6, 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (7-3), 70-68 for a total of 183 games. John Isner eventually came out on top.
Andy Murray ends Britain’s 77 year wait.
Andy Murray finally won Wimbledon in 2013, beating Novak Djokovic in the final, ending Britain’s 77 year wait for a men’s champion. He won the match in straight sets.
John McEnroe’s Outburst
You Cannot Be Serious! American John McEnroe was one of the more emotional players on the courts. This particular entry came in 1981 when an umpire refused to rule his serve.
Henman loses to wild card Ivanisevic
Croatian Goran Invanisevic served up a shock in 2001, when he beat then British No.1 Tim Henman. The wild card continued his shocks throughout the tournament, as he won in the final. Goran said “Winning Wimbledon is the most beautiful moment in my career.”
The Epic Nadal v Federer Final – 2008
Tim Henman was commentating on this particular game, describing it as “undoubtedly the greatest match he had ever seen.” Federer was aiming to secure a sixth successive title, and would have been the first man of his generation to do so. Rafael Nadal had other ideas though, as he went on to win the golden challenge cup for the first time in his career.
Sir Cliff entertains the crowd – 1996
Sir Cliff Richard, a regular at Wimbledon, grabbed the mic when rain stopped play in July 1996. Performing from the Royal Box, he entertained the crowd, as they sang along.
Serena and Venus Williams Make History
American sisters Venus and Serena Williams became the first sisters to win the Ladies’ Doubles title at Wimbledon in 2000. They have been in 15 finals between them, facing each other on 4 occasions. Serena winning 3 out of the 4 ties.
Record Breaker Martina Navratilova
Navratilova began her professional tennis career at the age of just 16. She managed to reach the Wimbledon final in an incredible nine consecutive years. Along with Billie Jean King, she shares the record of winning 20 Wimbledon titles including singles and doubles.
Some honorable mentions
Fan gives advice on how to beat Djokovic – It worked, briefly.
Sabine Lisicki gets scared by thunder – In a match against Italian Marion Bartoli in 2011, a loud crack of thunder caused the German to jolt, which got the crowd laughing.