Wimbledon 2013 will go into the history books in Britain as a glorious, landmark victory for Andy Murray. For the rest of us, Wimby was an absolute horror show, full of big upsets, injuries, and outright insanity. While there were some excellent matches and moments for underdogs to shine, there was also plenty of Agony to go around for tennis fans. We start with Rafael Nadal, who found himself staring down another loss to a guy having his Best Day Ever.
Rafa’s dejected demeanor was heartbreaking enough, but fans knew things were really bad when Rafa skipped his post-match shirt change ritual. We’re guessing he’d rather have broken that “losing early at Wimby” pattern instead.
Perhaps this is the moment Steve Darcis realized he would be backing up his giant-killing victory with a soul-killing withdrawal.
Azarenka fell, injuring herself enough to knock her out of the rest of the tourney. Rafa went out. Then Stanislas Wawrinka became the victim of one of Hewitt’s insane bursts of inconceivable awesomeness.
We’re guessing this is one of the many variations of the “I should have gotten that over the net for a winner” pose we saw from so many players this fortnight.
That’s Benoit Paire, taking a time-out in the corner during his battle with Stephane Robert. Don’t worry, Ben actually won this match.
It’s not very often we see Maria Sharapova down for the count. She was another Big Name Upset at Wimby this year.
With the projected Fedal quarterfinal dream/nightmare already shattered, Rog decided he might as well bail, too. During the tense match with a playing-at-his-peak-level Sergiy Stakhovsky, we got to see the many emotions of the Maestro in trouble.
What do you want from me? It’s Fed! The only guy who gives away less is Lendl–Murray’s team periodically holds a mirror under his nose to be sure he’s breathing. But while Fed may do his best to remain calm under pressure, things up in the players’ boxes can sometimes be a bit more revealing.
In the Fed camp:
In the Stakhovsky camp:
Meanwhile, the next generation of tennis was doing this:
The man on the ground there is the eventual winner of the match, Lukasz Kubot, who felt so…erm…invigorated, he danced a jig after his victory.
Week 2 did its best to top the Cray Cray that was Week 1:
Sloane several times vented her frustration by pounding her fists against her thighs, trying to beat her legs into match-winning submission, but it was not to be. Hopefully she won’t be beating herself up too badly now, knowing she went out to the eventual Wimbledon champion, Marion Bartoli.
And that was the Agony that was Wimbledon 2013. Feel free to share the Wimby moments that cleavered your heart in two!