'We didn’t think grass would be Novak Djokovic’s...', says former ATP ace

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'We didn’t think grass would be Novak Djokovic’s...', says former ATP ace

After two years of absence, the Wimbledon tournament returns, the most famous historic tournament in the world that takes place on the lawns of the All England Club in London. Last year the pandemic led to the tournament being canceled, but fortunately the organizers did not suffer major economic damage thanks to the insurance guarantees stipulated by the organizers back in 2003.

This year will be the last season where it will be played in 'Middle Sunday', from next year there will be no more and among the main protagonists in the tournament there will certainly be Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Serena Williams while Rafael Nadal and Naomi Osaka are the main absent of the tournament.

It was 1874 when the Welsh Walter Wingfield Clopton published a fundamental patent for the birth of tennis, they established the rules of this magnificent sport, which, over the course of over a century, have changed only with some technological changes, but leaving the rules unchanged.

main rules. The All England Club became interested in tennis a few years after its birth and changed its name to All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, the first tournament being held in 1877. One of the first winners on the English lawns was Spencer Gore, one of the inventors of the volleyball, in 1884 the women's tournament was also born that saw Maud Watson win for the first time.

After the First World War, the history of tennis experienced a golden age, the four French musketeers dominated the field, namely René Lacoste, Henri Cochet, Jacques Brugnon and Jean Borra, then it was the turn of Suzanne Lenglen and the well-known British Fred Perry .

With the onset of the Open era, Wimbledon became the center of world tennis and gradually it has had global growth with the expansion of fields and facilities, making the tournament more and more advanced. The Wimbledon museum is an example of this growth and sees protagonists in recent history Steffi Graf, Roger Federer, Serena and Venus Williams, then Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, the latest winner in an incredible final in 2019 against Roger Federer.

The Serb has now set his sights on a sixth Wimbledon title

Former Wimbledon champions John Newcombe and Pat Cash recently spoke at length on a variety of topics, including Novak Djokovic's grasscourt prowess, the GOAT debate and Roger Federer's role in transforming tennis.

“[If he wins Wimbledon again], he has to go down as the best of all time," Newcombe said. "Novak is certainly heading in that direction. You can’t dispute the facts. He is winning those big matches."

The Serb has reigned supreme at Wimbledon in recent years, winning four of the last six editions of the tournament to cement his status as one of the best grasscourters of all time. “When he started out, we didn’t think grass would be Novak’s best surface.

But he’s done a great job in the way he has developed his game - he’s almost equally as confident on all surfaces,” Newcombe said. “Certainly on hardcourt and grass, he’s extremely hard to beat. And there’s only one guy that’s better than him on clay."