2022 Wimbledon Recap – Djokovic King Once More
Despite the fact that Wimbledon banned Russian and Belarussian players while offering no ranking points, it was another amazing Wimbledon.
Djokovic picked up his 7th Wimbledon title, and fourth in a row, beating the mercurial Nick Kyrgios in the final. As expected, the final provided an exciting brand of tennis and storylines from both sides of the net.
For Nick Kyrgios, sporting a backwards hat throughout the two weeks, it was an affirmation that he can go deep in a Grand Slam if he commits to the sport. For Novak Djokovic, Mr. Lacoste himself, it was an affirmation that he’s one of the greatest of all time, and still a force to be reckoned with at 35 years of age. Unfortunately for Novak, and because of his vaccination status, it’s uncertain if he will be able to play both the US and Australian Opens. This means that if he wants to chase Rafa Nadal for Grand Slam number 22, he’ll need to wait until next year’s French Open and Wimbledon, where he’ll be 36 years old. I would wager that this level of tennis will not drop anytime soon for him.
Fortunately for Nick, he now finds himself with an amazing opportunity to continue the great form that he has displayed all year. 2022 has been his best year on tour, having reached the quarters and semis of most of the tournaments he has played, won a Doubles Grand Slam in Australia, and reached the Wimbledon final.
He will now head into the hard-court season where he’ll terrorize the top of the men’s game throughout the summer, culminating in the US Open. The way this guy’s playing, don’t be surprised to see a semifinal showing or better from him at the US Open this year.
In terms of the rest of the field, most of the top players fizzled out early on and didn’t really factor into this year’s Wimbledon. The only two other men that were true contenders were Berrettini and Nadal, and one pulled out with Covid while the other pulled out with an abdominal injury.
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