It’s one of my favorite sporting events and over the past decades, it’s produced numerous memorable moments.
I can remember watching all of the following win the gentlemen’s singles at Wimbledon, in my mind the premier tennis championship each year. And I loved how NBC marketed the finals – Breakfast at Wimbledon; it was the perfect way to spend Sunday morning.
- Rod Laver
- Stan Smith
- Jimmy Connors (a personal favorite)
- Arthur Ashe
- Bjorn Borg
- John McEnroe
- Andre Agassi
- Pete Sampras
- Roger Federer (another personal favorite)
- Rafael Nadal
- Novak Djokovic
- Andy Murray
And then there were the ladies:
- Billie Jean King
- Margaret Court
- Chris Evert
- Martina Navratilova
- Steffi Graf
- Venus Williams
- Serena Williams
Of course, those lists don’t include all the winners in the so-called modern era (1968 to the present), but those are the names that are easily recognizable to me.
Last year, unfortunately, the Championships at Wimbledon were canceled because of the pandemic, but they are back in operation this year.
And to get people in the mood, Wimbledon has put together this short video:
Like many people, I am rooting for Roger Federer this year, as it may be his last realistic opportunity at winning. Roger already owns a record eight singles titles and has done so with grace and determination.
The tournament begins tomorrow, June 28, and concludes the weekend of July 10.
The ladies’ championship will be broadcast on Saturday, July 10, at 9 a.m. on ESPN, while the gentlemen’s championship will be broadcast at 9 a.m. on Sunday, July 11.
It’s time for me to start planning my breakfast for July 11…