Every summer, the tennis world waits eagerly the arrival of the Grand Slam tournaments that bring together the finest tennis players from around the globe to compete for glory, a grand slam title and a place in history. Among the few notable grand slams, we have will talk about the recently concluded the French Open, and Wimbledon.
A. French Open also popularly known as Roland Garros
Known for its red clay courts, the French open challenges players with its unique playing surface that demands physicality and strategic prowess. Rafael Nadal is known as the king of clay for his unparalleled performance on the clay courts and winning several tournaments on clay.
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One of the most prestigious grand slams held in London, England – this grand slam is known for highly meticulously maintained grass courts. Players don their classic white attire as they compete for the trophy on the hallowed lawns of the All-England Tennis club. Even the viewers have to come in well-dressed in a professional attire.
Both these grand slams are world-class tennis affairs also serving as a platform for cultural exchange, camaraderie, and celebration of the sport.
Tennis Summer of 2023
This fine summer of 2023, we are in for witnessing a tennis extravaganza with the two iconic Grand Slam tournaments, Roland Garros and Wimbledon that captivate audiences worldwide. This article we highlight some history made, rivalries that renewed or will be renewed and the defending champions, bringing to light the winners in men’s and women’s singles and some unforgettable moments.
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As per usual, this men’s singles was a thrilling one with intense battles and incredible display of skills.
With players like Stefanos Tsitsipas, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev and others playing, the finals were one dramatic play.
The Finals: Played between world renowned tennis players, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, the finals were an epic clash of the titans that lasted over 5 hours where Djokovic emerged as the winner for Roland Garros 2023 after defeating Nadal in 5-set match.
This year the women’s singles at the French Open witnessed a mix of emerging talents and established stars. The players included likes of Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty, Iga Swiatek and others.
With big international names of established players, Ashleigh Barty and Iga Swiatek came out strong to compete in the finals for the title. Barty emerged as the winner with her finesse and strategic thinking of play, clinching herself a win at the clay court.
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The upcoming Grand Slam: Wimbeldon
We are entering the week of Wimbledon Championships and this year will be exciting one. This year, Djokovic is the four-time defending champion on court and seeking to attempt to equal Roger Federer’s record of eight Wimbledon men’s singles titles and Bjorn Borg’s joint record of five consecutive Wimbledon championship titles.
Another key aspect to look at is that should Djokovic win this title, he will break Serena Williams Open Era record of 23 major singles titles, male of female.
And if this was not enough, we have the leading player Carlos Alcaraz at number 1 ATP rankings with Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev right behind him fighting for the number 1 singles ranking spot (ATP). To become the number 1 in ATP rankings, Djokovic will need win few rounds till third round to surpass Alcaraz.
With Elena Rybakina as the defending champion this year, we are waiting eagerly to see how Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka will playing to win the WTA no. 1 singles rankings.
This year is also the final professional year for former No.2 Anett Kontaveit.
We are all hands on deck waiting for the month of July to unfold and bring us a thrilling season of Wimbledon.
This summer, we are diving deep into the fandom for all things tennis with Roland Garros and Wimbledon. As these tournaments continue to test the endurance of the leading world class players and seed players, it brings to us each year exceptional performance, star student crowd member supporting their favourite players and players relentless pursuit to win a Grand Slam.