Since he won the first of a record eight men’s singles titles in 2003, Roger Federer has enjoyed a special relationship with The Championships, Wimbledon. His affinity with the hallowed grass courts has continued throughout a stellar professional career. The Swiss phenomenon underlined his remarkable longevity and dedication to his craft by winning the eighth of those Wimbledon crowns in 2017, aged 35. Renowned for his skilful, elegant play, Federer was the first man to reach an unprecedented 20 singles Grand Slam® titles.
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“I realized I could be the first Swiss to be World Number One. That’s when I was reminded that everything that has not been done before, I could achieve it.”
Angelique Kerber is living proof that a combination of hard work, dedication and perseverance reaps rewards in the long term. After turning professional in 2003, it took 13 years for her to claim a maiden Grand Slam® singles title, a feat achieved at the 2016 Australian Open. Having broken through to taste success on one of the biggest tennis stages, the German left-hander prevailed at the US Open later that year and claimed the World No. 1 ranking. She added a third Grand Slam® singles crown at The Championships, Wimbledon, in 2018.
Garbiñe Muguruza won her second Grand Slam® singles title at The Championships, Wimbledon, in 2017, having claimed her maiden crown the previous year at Roland-Garros. These prizes were just reward after her parents uprooted the family from Venezuela to Spain when she was just five years old to further her tennis development. Aware of their sacrifices, she toiled relentlessly to make them proud, turning professional in 2012 and entering the world’s top 20 two years later. She reached the summit of the rankings two months after her Wimbledon triumph.
On a sunny July afternoon in 1976, Björn Borg dropped to his knees on centre court in celebration of a first Wimbledon triumph. It may have been the culmination of a boyhood dream, but it was just the beginning. Borg would win the next four titles at the All England Club and stamp himself as one of the all-time greats, adding six Roland-Garros crowns for a total of 11 Grand Slam® victories. Renowned for his unflappable demeanour, his patience and ever-consistent groundstrokes, the Swede was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987.