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I love all sports, but tennis has always stolen my heart. I played for 12 years as an adolescent, then reactivated my skills as the captain of The First Academy’s Girls Tennis Team for two years. While my athleticism has far faded, my love for the game remains more palpable than ever.
Wimbledon, the most prestigious of all Grand Slam tournaments ((in my humble opinion)), began on June 24th, and the finals will be this Sunday, July 7th. What’s unique about this particular tournament, however, is that SO many of the key power players fell victim to early exits. Serena? Gone. Roger & Nadal? Nope. This is the first time in 36 consecutive major quarterfinals that Roger Federer will not be a contender, as he was defeated by the world number 116 in the second round, and even worse, Nadal was stunned in the first round by the world number 135. What. the. heck?
Now, I’m a Djokovic fan, although my mom refers to him as “the brat,” and he currently ranks #1 in the world and just won his Quarter-Finals match this morning, advancing him to the Semi-Finals. However, I’m majorly rooting for Andy Murray. Ever since Roddick retired last year, Murray has been my go-to favorite, and after his heartbreaking loss on home turf to Federer in the 2012 finals, I’m eagerly crossing my fingers for Andy to become the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win the coveted, grass-court Grand Slam. I’m sad to say, though, that he is currenlty ALSO losing to an unseeded player in the Quarter-Finals (0-2) as we speak. Get it together, Andy!