From classic Borg and McEnroe moments to Murray’s historic win, how many of these greatest Wimbledon moments do you remember?
Borg v. McEnroe Men’s Singles Final, 1980
In one of the
greatest ever rivalries in men’s singles tennis, ice cool Bjorn Borg met firey John McEnroe in the 1980 Wimbledon
final. And what a final it was! In a match that included one of the most tense
tie-breaks in tennis history, Borg eventually came out on top to take
the coveted trophy.
Goran Ivanisevic Wins On A Wildcard, 2001
Perhaps one of the most unlikely champions of all time, Goran Ivanisevic took the title in 2001 after entering the men’s singles tournament on a wildcard – he’s the only person to ever have done so. Prior to the championship he was ranked 125th in the world, but the win pushed him up to 16th.
John McEnroe Coins “You Cannot Be Serious!”, 1980
Once again, John McEnroe never failed to entertain. In his 1980 semi-final against Jimmy Conners, he coined his eternal catch phrase “you cannot be serious!” The umpire dismissed his protests – yet he still went on to win the match. Did you see chalk dust?
Pat Cash Cimbs Into Players’ Box, 1987
Nowadays, it’s the done thing for winners to climb up into the players’ box. But, do you remember when Pat Cash set the trend for it in 1987? After defeating Ivan Lendl 7-6, 6-2, 7-5, Cash mounted the stands to celebrate what turned out to be his only career Grand Slam title.
Boris Becker Wins Aged 17, 1985
In 1985, a (very) young Boris Becker won the men’s championship at the tender age of 17. The win sparked the beginning of a brilliant tennis career for Becker, and he went on to take the men’s singles title at Wimbledon a further two times.
John Isner and Nicolas Mahut’s Marathon Match, 2010
The longest ever match in tennis history, John Isner defeated Nicolas Mahut in a marathon 183 game match that lasted for over 11 hours. At over 8 hours long, the final set alone was longer than the previous longest ever tennis match.
Martina Navtratilova Wins Nine Singles Titles, 1990
Winning the women’s singles title an incredible nine times, Martina Navratilova is undoubtedly one of the greatest players in the history of women’s tennis. Do you remember her landmark ninth title in 1990?
Andy Murray Wins Men’s Singles Title, 2013
Having finished Wimbledon as runner up in 2012 and winning gold at the London 2012 Olympics, many people believed 2013 would finally be Andy Murray’s year. They weren’t wrong. He beat Novak Djokovic in straight sets, making him the first British man to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry took the title in 1936.
Williams v. Williams Women’s Singles Final, 2002
In 2002, two of tennis’s biggest female stars – Serena and Venus Williams – came head-to-head in the Wimbledon Final. The pair have a notoriously close rivalry, but this time Serena came out on top, winning 7-6 6-3 to take the title. It was a match that moved Serena above her sister to top the rankings, too. The sisters dominated the fixtures for the year, going on to win the women’s doubles trophy together.
Martina Hingis Becomes Youngest Ever Champion, 1996
Aged just 15 years and 9 months, Swiss player Martina Hingis won the women’s doubles title in 1996, making her the youngest Grand Slam champion of all time. Now still only 35 years old, she is currently ranked number 1 in doubles tennis by the WTA.