No Major thrives on tradition as much as Wimbledon. The uniqueness and rituals of the grass court Slam are a big part of its popularity and status.
It will be matter of days before the British press conducts its inquest into the state of tennis in the UK. Andy Murray will quickly be a lone figure, a familiar position for the Scot, who is becoming as used to the hand wringing that accompanies the stampede out of the tournament as his compatriots.
Murray’s Wimbledon campaigns are nearly as easy to predict. An odd early wobble against an underdog, serene progress through subsequent rounds, and a painful semi-final defeat, despite good chances to claim the win.
Two of those last four exits came at the hands of Rafael Nadal and, whilst Murray seems to have closed the gap on the Spaniard, he might not be too disappointed at the prospect of facing Novak Djokovic in the last four.
In the women’s event, there are some near certainties. Wimbledon 2012 odds
favourites, the Williams sisters, will complain about the matches they play on outside courts; a British player will push a big name close in the first round, before departing as a plucky loser; a big gun will blow away a lowly ranked opponent on centre court.
More pertinently for punters on Betfair Tennis
, there were some strong pointers given at Eastbourne, where Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki, and Agnieszka Radwanska lost their opening matches. For Kvitova, this suggests the task of defending her title will not be an easy one.
Only Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, and the Williams sisters have been first-time winners to defend their title, and the current champion has not found the consistency needed to join this group of legends.