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Wimbledon fever

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Bethan Morgan

It’s that time of year again: Wimbledon is back on our screens, everyone has gone tennis mad and the weather has taken a turn for the worse (although saying that, as I write this the sun is in fact shining). That’s right, it’s the two weeks of the year when the sports channels and the news are taken over by men and women in white outfits playing for that all important space on the winner’s board.

It’s always funny how just before, then during the tournament and for a little while after the local tennis courts are fully booked every day, with everyone thinking that if the people they are watching on TV can do it and make it look so easy, then why can’t we? And I’m exactly the same. I have been playing tennis for 17 years now so I am no stranger to the game, but every year in June when Wimbledon starts that urge to play just comes creeping back. You can see why it’s called a fever.

This year’s tournament has already shaped itself to be an exciting one (not that it isn’t exciting usually, of course). The main contenders have been knocked out in the early rounds, giving others a chance for the title. Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova are all out of the running, so the path is now open for the likes of Andy Murray to come storming through. What is a shame, though, is that even though you would expect British people to be happy that their best chance of victory now has a relatively easy journey, that is not the case. There have been many cases of people claiming that if Murray does win, it will only be because of the fact that the big hitters are out, and not because of his own abilities. I think this is extremely unfair – yes, I agree that he now has an easier set of opponents however that doesn’t mean that he couldn’t have won against the better ones otherwise.

Wimbledon is a great way to encourage more people to get out and do sports, or simply to support whoever it is that is representing their country, but I think it is a shame that this ‘fever’ only seems to last as long as the tournament itself. Tennis is a really enjoyable sport which anyone can have a go at. So next time you’re stuck for something to do and fancy getting outside (or inside if you live in the UK) then grab your racket and have a good rally. And believe me, it’s a perfect stress reliever too!

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Do you follow Wimbledon? Have you experienced Wimbledon fever?

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iva10 18 October, 2015 - 21:05

I like to watch tennis,if i could i would watch it all day.Djokovic won this year and he is definitly number one of 2015 year with 16.750 poents !He won almost every tournament except Rolan Garos of Stan WawrinkaI experienced Wimboldon fever and all other fevers.

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engleskigaga 27 December, 2013 - 14:29

Yes, I watched. I watched tennis and I play tennis now too. I love tennis in future I will be person who play tennis-sport women. I know Andy Murray is good tenniser and he won this year,
But my favorite tenniser is Novak Djokovic, the first tenniser in world, now second.
I love Roger Federer too.
Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray are best tennisers. I love them.

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Elcuapo 15 September, 2013 - 13:20

I love tennis.it's my favourite sport.I always follow Wimbledon and all the other Tournaments especially Grand Slams and Masters.
BTW,my favourite tennis player is Rafa Nadal<3

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justcricketforme 3 September, 2013 - 17:24

Yes I follow Wimbeldon and love tennis. This Wimbeldon, I have experienced Wimbledon fever! Crongratulations to Andy Murray on his Wimbledon win! After cricket it's tennis for me;

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learningenglish282 13 August, 2013 - 14:50

I like tennis and my favorite player is Novak Djokovic. I like him since i was 12.This year Wimbledon final, I can see great national loyalty from the British, the spectators really excited with Murray victory. They had waited for 77 years for that moment and i am very happy for them.

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MrFigureSkating 12 August, 2013 - 20:50

Congrats for Andy Murray! Yes, Roger and Rafa lost early, but Novak Djokovic won 6 matches and played against Andy in the final. You know, Novak is one of the best players! But Andy won very confidently! He became the first British tennis player, who won this title, in many years! It's a great success for Andy and for all GB!

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Natalija 13 July, 2013 - 11:44

Yes, your trainer was definitely right when he told you would not want to stop playing tennis once you have started. The same was with me. But I did not start playing at early age, just about 2 years ago, when I was 15 years old, so I do not know if I have any chances to get some medals. How old are you?
I have already got several medals, but it was not at some serious competition, just matches in my country. But never mind, I could play it just for fun:). I wish you to get golden medals and to become next Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic:).

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Ilgın 11 July, 2013 - 23:05

I started to playing tennis 3 months ago although ı love it. I wanted to start to do sport then I decided to play tennis. My preceptor told me that if I will love it I don't wanna stop playing tennis and he was right. Just only 3 months attached me to tennis. And now i wannna improve my skills and get some madals:P

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katka 4 July, 2013 - 18:09

I have not experienced Wimbledon fever, but I follow the news. My father watches every tennis tournament. I prefer to play tennis with my friends. We have our own tournament. It is so funny, but I have never won. Never mind... :)

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Bosnianchild 3 July, 2013 - 15:15

I don't watch tennis.And I don't like it!I think it's too borring.I now some the biggest tennis players;Rafael nadal,Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic,and that is it!!

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jomia 2 July, 2013 - 09:35

Yeah, I never watch it , cuz I think it was boring and unexcited. Sometimes I think I don't like it, because I just watch it on TV.

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Natalija 1 July, 2013 - 20:32

No, I've never watched Wimbledon. I think it's dull and boring watching tennis matches on TV, I prefer playing it instead. I hate to see people excited about Wimbledon, and unluckily, my father and grandfather are the biggest Wimbledon's followers. They sit and watch it together for hours. I can't understand it, and we even argue about it. I know it's stupid and silly to argue about that kind of things, but I can't stand sporting matches. And every time tennis is on TV, I can't watch my fave TV series, because it's interrupted by Wimbledon.
BTW, I really like playing tennis, it's very good and relaxing sport, and I play it very often, I just don't like watching it on TV.

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