July 7, 2019
The Australians always bring something unique to Wimbledon – and that’s why we love them.
Ashleigh Barty and Nick Kyrgios are two of the biggest names in tennis and both look set to grab our attention for a good time yet.
As favourite for Wimbledon 2019 it didn’t quite work out for Barty, who had just won the French Open. But make no mistake, her time for glory on grass is coming soon.
The unpredictable Kyrgios always mesmerises, win or lose. His tense psychological thriller against Rafael Nadal at the last Championships was a highlight of the tournament.
But there was a time when you almost had to be Australian to win Wimbledon.
Between 1956 and 1971, Aussies won the men’s title 13 times in 16 years. Lew Hoad, Ashley Cooper, Rod Laver, Roy Emerson and John Newcombe were the heroes of that era.
You still see the dignified figure of Rod Laver – four times a winner in the 1960s – around Wimbledon now.
Margaret Court won the title three times between 1963 and 1970. Evonne Goolagong beat her to capture all our hearts the following year.
But perhaps it is the way the Aussie stars push boundaries that we find so spellbinding – and not just Kyrgios.
Back in 1987, Pat Cash produced one of the most memorable moments in Wimbledon history with his rock-star celebration after winning the title.
Clambering over the roof of the commentators’ box, climbing up into the stands to reach his nearest and dearest. This was unheard of at the time. But Andy Murray copied it when he won Wimbledon decades later.
Lleyton Hewitt, 2002 champion, brought with him the Australian Fanatics, their fun-filled chanting a counter-balance to English formality.
Yes, that Aussie spirit always brings something extra to Wimbledon. Maybe that’s why Australians are always made to feel so welcome.
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