Prior to the 2018 tournament, the only grass court grand slam in the tennis calendar, the pundits were confident that Roger Federer and, fingers crossed, Serena Williams would triumph in the singles and they hoped Jamie Murray would defend his mixed doubles title with a new partner.
See it to believe it
Reality is frequently stranger than fiction and it often wrong-foots the pundits. There were shocks, surprises and early exits aplenty.
By the end of Wimbledon 2018’s first week, there was only 1 remaining top 10 seeded woman player in the competition, and she departed early in week 2. Big names including Halep, Wozniacki and two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova had left the court disappointed.
Serena Williams fought her way back to a final, a phenomenal achievement, but Angelique Kerber looked like a woman on a mission this year, and she achieved her first Wimbledon singles title by overpowering Williams.
In the men’s competition, seeds also fell early. Federer was defeated in a five-set quarter final thriller with Anderson. Spectators and experts suddenly had to pick a new favourite for the title.
Have we ever witnessed quarter and semi-finals of such skill, or length? Breath-taking.
Both semi-final matches were exciting and exhausting. Anderson and Isner played for 6 hours 36 minutes; Anderson won 26-24 in the fifth, and Djokovic beat his old rival Nadal in an equally enthralling spectacle of brilliance that lasted over 5 hours.
Djokovic, back from injury and with a renewed confidence claimed a straight sets victory over Anderson to win his 4th Wimbledon men’s title.
Sadly, Jamie Murray and Victoria Azarenka lost in the mixed doubles final and he and Bruno Soares left the men’s doubles earlier than they would have liked. British players Watson, Konta and Norrie battled hard; Kyle Edmund was excelling until beaten by Djokovic and the boy’s singles runner-up Jack Draper is a star of the future.
Attend in July 2019
If you enjoyed watching these matches from the comfort of your sofa in 2018, why not treat yourself to a Wimbledon visit in 2019? Between 1st-14th July, soak up the atmosphere, live each point from just feet away from world class icons and benefit from the prestige and social nature at the All England Club. Better yet, why not take advantage of tennis events hospitality.
Yes, you could purchase a ground pass or a ticket for a good seat but when you attend the spectacular feast of tennis at SW19, do so with the best possible seats and Wimbledon hospitality perks, from exclusive access areas to interaction with past players and tennis experts to a champagne reception on arrival and a delicious fine dining experience.
Wimbledon hospitality packages from industry leaders including DTB Sports and Events are available for private parties and corporate hospitality guests. There’s something to suit every taste and budget. Choose from the Wimbledon Debentures, through mid-price tennis event packages in the Gatsby Club and Fairway Village to the decadent Skyview Suites set above the centre court crowds.
An exhilarating and inspiring experience awaits you at the All England Club in 2019; claim it.