Nine Best & Worst 2013 Wimbledon Championship Notes
A downright batty Wimbledon fortnight has come and gone, and in the wake we have first-time singles champions Andy Murray and Marion Bartoli, one the pride of a normally fatalistic nation and the other forever a glimmer of hope in her father's eyes. Here's a look at both the Spin's favorite and least enjoyable moments from the closing weekend:
In typically stoic fashion, even in light of his day-of victory that ended 77 years of British futility in the men's draw at Wimbledon, Andy Murray addressed that fantastically dramatic final game against Novak Djokovic and more in this video shot by his racquet maker, Head:
Probably the worst thing about Wimbledon's final two days was BBC radio broadcaster John Inverdale's comment on Marion Bartoli's physical appearance, yea, her attractiveness (audio here). That was countered wonderfully by the words of her father, Dr. Walter Bartoli ("She is my beautiful daughter ... I don't know what this reporter is talking about") and the newfound titleist herself ("It doesn't matter, honestly. I am not blonde, yes. That is a fact. Have I dreamt about having a model contract? No. I'm sorry. But have I dreamed about winning Wimbledon? Absolutely, yes.”).
That said, here's Marion Bartoli looking radiant in her Wimbledon Ball dress, having thrown on Christian Louboutin ankle boots for good measure. The score, then, reads like this: Bartoli, trophy, title, and style points. Inverdale, 0.
Judy Murray, mum of Muzz, sure knows how to tweet. Witness her perfect photo and caption alongside her son's coach, Ivan Lendl.
"Cutest couple" award at the Wimbledon men's final? Why, actors Bradley Cooper and Gerard Butler, of course. (Bonus: This GIF of Cooper's wide-eyed incredulity at one particular point.)
Bob and Mike Bryan met on the ESPN set with Hannah Storm and Lz Granderson for a quick volley about their history and present as the men's doubles greatest of all time. (This is fast becoming an indisputable fact.) Ahead of the Wimbledon final, which they won, it was amusing to see the twins talk about the fisticuffs they've come to over time, among other things. See it here:
Hsieh Su-wei and Peng Shuai seized the women's doubles title, likely the first tandem of two-fisted groundstrokers to ever lay claim to it, or perhaps any doubles title. They joined Bartoli in the two-hands-on-both-wings camp of champions. Hsieh became the first Taiwanese pro to take a major title, while Peng became China's first doubles titleist since 2004. Both 27 years old, the two had played as teens before taking up again in 2008 at the WTA Tour level.
After fellow Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic cheered on Bartoli in the women's singles final, the winner turned around the next day and rooted for her compatriot in the mixed doubles final, which "Kiki" Mladenovic won with partner Daniel Nestor of Canada.
In closing: The ladies here fared better at Wimbledon this year than did the guys, but Madison Keys, Laura Robson, Andrey Kuznetsov, and Milos Raonic put out a new commercial for Wilson Tennis that's more than winsome. It's a look at the future of the sport.
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