Every four years, the World Cup occurs and fans around the world watch on the edge of their seats as their favorite team competes. Every four years, the World Cup happens at the same time as the most prestigious Grand Slam of the year – The Wimbledon Championships.
The oldest tennis tournament in the world is held at the All England Club and the players will do their best to compete with each other, the grass, and the forces of nature – rain. Luckily, Centre Court now has a retractable roof, but that won’t help the often rain delays on the outer courts.
Roger Federer, once again, enters as the odds-on favorite to win his sixth Wimbledon title. But losing to Lleyton Hewitt at Gerry Weber Open proves even the King of the Grass Court has an Achilles Heel. And while Hewitt might not be a contender to win his second Wimbledon (nine years after his first), others are definitely lined up to play the part of the dark horse. Sam Querrey, off of a win at Queen’s Club, as well as Andy Roddick, last year’s finalist, are a couple of Americans who would love to exel in England. And if Andy Murray continues his pattern (Quarterfinals in 2008, Semifinals in 2009), we should expect to see him in the Finals this year.
On the women’s side, put your money on one of the Williams sisters winning and you’ll probably end up with a large amount of cash. But don’t count out Caroline Wozniacki or French Open winner Francesca Schiavone, hot off her first-ever Grand Slam quarterfinal, semifinal, final, and win.
So who will be the King and Queen of Wimbledon?
Men’s Final: Rafael Nadal vs. Roger Federer
Winner: Rafael Nadal
Women’s Final: Serena Williams vs. Jelena Jankovic
Winner: Serena Williams