Martina Hingis turned pro when she was fourteen and won her first Double’s Grand Slam Title at Wimbledon just months before her 16th birthday. In 1997, at age 16, Hingis defeated French player Mary Pierce and became the youngest woman in over a century to hold the Wimbledon Ladies’ Singles Title.
Venus Williams is the reigning queen of Wimbledon with five Ladies’ Singles Titles. In 2007 ranked 31st in the world, Venus came back to win Wimbledon after battling a recurring wrist injury. Venus became one of the lowest seeded and ranked players in history to win the ladies’ title.
Billie Jean King has fought for equality and against discrimination, becoming one of the most recognized ambassadors for tennis. King played on the cusp of the amateur and professional open era. Between the mid 60s and mid 70s King dominated Wimbledon, winning six of eight championships she entered and beating the best players of the time including Margaret Court who staggered off the court following King’s smashing two set win in 1970.
Martina Navratilova holds a record nine Ladies’ Single Titles at Wimbledon, including her first Grand Slam win in 1978 where she beat Chris Evert. Navratilova made the singles finals at 12 Wimbledon tournaments, nine in consecutive years. Due to Navratilova’s focus on fitness and training she dominated tennis through the 1980s.
Steffi Graf holds 22 singles titles the most of any women in the modern-era. Graf won her first Wimbledon in 1988, breaking Navratilova’s winning steak. Graf was down 7-5, 2-0, before winning the match 5-7, 6-2, 6-1. The same year Graf won a calendar-year grand slam and a gold medal at the ’88 Seoul Olympics, giving her a “golden slam,” as dubbed by the media.
Goran Ivanišević won the 2001 Men’s Singles Title at Wimbledon on a wildcard entry while ranked 125 in the world. Ivanišević is the only wildcard player in history to win the Men’s Wimbledon, which he accomplished two months before his 30th birthday. Ivanišević beat the hometown favorite in an epic five set match, which became one of the all time greatest sporting moments.
John McEnroe is famous, or perhaps infamous, for his fiery attitude on the court. McEnroe holds three Wimbledon titles. Before winning his first Wimbledon he lost against Bjorn Borg in the epic 1980 Wimbledon that earned a place in tennis history. After winning a four-set tiebreak McEnroe went on to loose the fifth set to Borg by a close margin.
Bjorn Borg claimed five Wimbledon Titles and 11 grand slam titles in his eight-year career before entering early retirement at age 26. His most dramatic win was at the 1976 Wimbledon against Italian dark horse Ilie Nastase. Borg won the championship match without dropping a set, a feat that has not been accomplished since.
Pete Sampras is still the reigning king of Wimbledon and the All England Club with seven Wimbledon Titles. Sampras dominated Wimbledon in the 90s, but his most famous win was in 1999 when he beat Andre Agassi in a legendary match of skill, stealing break points from his opponent. After the match Agassi said, “Today he walked on water.”
Roger Federer. Few can argue the greatness of Roger Federer, with a career grand slam, 16 Grand Slam Titles, and 6 Wimbledon titles in the past seven years. Since his winning streak began Federer has only lost Wimbledon once, which was to his rival Raphael Nadal in 2008.
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