Tradition continues

THERE is something about Wimbledon. 

Every year, it is the one tennis tournament I look forward to watching. 

Maybe it is the history of the prestigious tournament. 

The legends both past and present who have graced centre court. 

Maybe it is the freshly cut grass, the eating of classic English food like strawberries and cream. 

Or the players still obliging to the traditions of the All England tennis club. 

For instance players can only wear white. 

No fluorescent colours allowed. 

Wimbledon is one of the greatest tournaments of the year,  players say it is the one they most want to win and fans from across the globe travel to England to see the best take to the court. 

Australians have seen some great success at Wimbledon. 

The past 10 years, Wimbledon hasn't been a happy hunting ground for Australia.

Our latest grand slam champion was Lleyton Hewitt back in 2003. 

Since then both the men and the women haven't been able to win or come close to winning, the game's greatest prize. 

Let's hope it changes this year. 

There are eight Australian's in contention this year. 

Young gun Nick Kyrigos has a favourable draw. 

While Matthew Ebden, James Duckworth and the outspoken Marinko Matosevic will find it hard to go through to the next round. 

Bernard Tomic has played well at Wimbledon in previous years. 

He should win his match against Russian Evgeny Donskoy, but you never know which Bernard will turn up. 

If he makes it through, his competition gets tougher, with a likely match-up with sitxth-seed Thomas Berdych in the second round. 

Then there is Lleyton Hewitt. 

The battler of Australian tennis. 

His never give up attitude has won him more fans over the past few years. 

I have to admit I wasn't a fan in the early years, but have grown to like him.

He definitley has a chance to make it beyond the first week of the tournament, in what may be his last Wimbledon appearance. 

On the women's side, our greatest hope lies with Sam Stosur. 

She has the talent to go all the way, but the pressure may get to her. 

So who will be crowned champions this year? 

My tips are Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams. 

Nadal, who is fresh off the back of winning his fifth French Open title-in-a-row will look for more success in England.

But then there is Roger Federer (pictured). 

He has been the king of Wimbledon over the past 10 years. 

You can't go past the Swiss master.

It is going to be an exciting couple of weeks. 

It is going to be an exciting couple of weeks.


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