The tennis world was shaken early when Roger Federer announced his retirement.
In a press conference, the tennis legend said that he would retire with “no regrets” after struggling with injury for the past few years. However, tennis fans still hope with Rafael Nadal also retiring.
Moreover, tennis star Novak Djokovic was defeated in the Wimbledon tennis finals by defending champion Roger Federer.
Tennis fans are still celebrating. Although many tennis commentators expected a close game, Djokovic dominated almost every match aspect after taking the first set. The Serbian tennis star broke Federer’s serve four times throughout the night, allowing him to secure his sixth career Wimbledon trophy.
“It’s so historic,” says tennis fan Holly Evans. “I can’t believe Djokovic was able to take home another title, especially after Federer took him to five sets last year.” The tennis superstar credits his mental strength and improved game to give him an edge in tournaments like Wimbledon.
“Winning this tournament is like winning two tournaments because the challenge is tough,” says Djokovic. Djokovic is looking forward to continuing his tennis career and taking another run at next year’s Wimbledon.
Although tennis has been a mostly male-dominated sport, two tennis stars have made the news as of late for their ability to compete with men.
The Williams sisters from America have been very competitive this year in tennis tournaments against men, with Serena taking first place at the French Open back in June. Germany’s Angelique Kerber shocked the tennis world last month by beating tennis legend Serena Williams at Wimbledon.
“It all comes down to discipline and having a strong support system,” says tennis legend Serena Williams. “I’m looking forward to seeing more women show that we can compete at the highest level – not just in tennis but for any sport.”
Tennis is a sport that has been around for centuries, and it doesn’t seem like it will be going away any time soon. 2021-2022 should be engaging with new rule changes, player retirements, and more. Be sure to stay up to date on all the latest tennis news, so you don’t miss any of the excitement!