Barty and Djokovic win their respective Wimbledon trophies
Before the event even started, both Ashleigh Barty and Novak Djokovic were the favourites to win Wimbledon. They stepped up and won both events to match expectations as the top stars of both the ATP and WTA Tours.
Ash managed to fulfil one of her lifelong dreams by winning Wimbledon for the first time. This is her second Grand Slam win after her French Open trophy back in 2019. Ash defeated Karolína Plíšková in the final in a close 6-3, 6-7, and 6-3 win which was one of the best series in the WTA Tour side of the event.
She won the event on the 50th anniversary of Evonne Goolagong Cawley’s victory at the All England Club. This meant a lot to Ash since she regards Cawley as her friend and mentor. Ash addressed this after her big win.
‘The stars aligned for me over the past fortnight’, she said. ‘That it happened to fall on the 50th anniversary of Evonne’s first title here is absolutely incredible. I think she has been iconic in paving a way for young indigenous youth to believe in their dreams and to chase their dream’.
On the other side, Novak took down Matteo Berrettini in the final in a very close 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, and 6-3 win. This was Novak’s 20th tennis major title which ties him with fellow Big Three members Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Novak only needs to win the US Open later this year to secure every Grand Slam trophy this year and to surpass his eternal rivals. It also looks like he’s not stopping anytime soon which is why those 20 trophies will be joined by many others.
After the win, Novak talked about how much this means to him and the rest of the Big Three.
‘It means none of us three will stop. I think that’s what [No 20] means’, Djokovic said. ‘I have to pay a great tribute to Rafa and Roger. They are legends of our sport and they are the two most important players that I ever faced in my career’.
It will be interesting to see how the US Open will play out with both Ash and Novak playing so well over the past few months.
Words: Cholo Martin