Whether you’re watching a traditional sporting event like tennis or football, or a non-traditional sporting event like the spelling bee or chess (yes, we consider these sports!), it’s always exciting! Some love the excitement of a heavily favored team, dominating their opponent. Some love the thrill of a tight game, and others might love other surprises that competitive sports bring. At this year’s Wimbledon, there were many surprises that kept tennis fans on the edge of their seats. Check out some of these surprises below:
A Young Phenom?
At this year’s Wimbledon, one surprise seemed to take the cake. Cori “Coco” Gauff beat tennis great Venus Williams in the first round. What’s so surprising about that you might be wondering? Gauff is only fifteen years old and this was her first Wimbledon. Although she ultimately lost to veteran Simona Halep in her fourth-round match, her strong showing at Wimbledon makes her one to watch in future tournaments.
For The Record …
Records are often broken at sporting events and this year’s Wimbledon was no exception. During the women’s singles finals, Simona Halep played a flawless game and beat Serena Williams in two straight sets. Halep became the first Romanian to ever win a Wimbledon title. In the men’s singles finals, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer (two of the greatest tennis players in the world) played against each other. The four hours and fifty-seven minutes game was no doubt an exciting one with Djokovic finally taking the win after Federer hit a high ball on a tie-breaker. While Federer wasn’t able to tie the record for the most singles titles at Wimbledon, his match with Djokovic did break the longest play time record during a Wimbledon finals match.
After a win, some people celebrate with champagne. Others might celebrate with cake. And yet, others might celebrate by kissing a trophy. Djokovic’s tradition after winning at Wimbledon? Eating the grass from the courts he played on. Now, that’s an interesting tradition if you ask us!