Wimbledon 2022 awards: The final word on the best and worst of SW19 | Wimbledon 2022
best shot The open and slippery position of Novak Djokovic cross backhand pass winner against Jannik Sinner, which ended with her falling face down. He celebrated by raising his arms and legs off the ground. Flying.
Best Match Nick Kyrgios versus Stefanos Tsitsipas. One of the most chaotic I’ve seen. Kyrgios tried to fault Tsitspas, Tsitsipas lost his mind and spent a set trying to hit Kyrgios with the ball, two intense press conferences and, above all, some quality tennis in an encounter that was close until at the end.
The biggest disappointment After all his efforts to be ready for Wimbledon, what a shame that Rafael Nadal’s Grand Slam bid on the calendar was cut short by an abdominal injury, which robbed him of the chance to face Kyrgios in the semi-finals . Matteo Berrettini catching Covid on the eve of the tournament was also extremely unfortunate.
Best Story Ons Jabeur came close to becoming the first Arab person and African woman to win a Grand Slam. Her accomplishments alone have been incredible, but they are so much more significant considering how well she has behaved and what a nice person she is. His press conference after her loss to Elena Rybakina is essential viewing for all tennis fans.
In 2023 I hope… the over-40 club is giving itself another year and that Wimbledon gets one last dance with Roger Federer as well as Serena and Venus Williams.
best shot Dismissive cross-court sliced backhand from Benoît Paire in a soft first-round loss, reserved while moaning at his agent and complaining loudly that the sun kept coming out (towards the sun). Benoit, have a vacation.
Best Match Serena Williams vs. Harmony Tan. Weird styles, but a perfect match and great lyrical drama. Totally gripping.
The biggest disappointment No Nadal against Kyrgios. It couldn’t be helped, but it was a safe bet that they could have seriously driven each other crazy.
Best Story An unnamed trainer maxes out his daily food allowance with 26 bottles of drinking yogurt. Partridge atmosphere.
In 2023 I hope… the Russians are back because the world is sane again and everything will be fine.
best shot Djokovic’s backhand pass that ended with him in a sort of yoga pose could have won it, but it has to be Jabeur’s half-volley, with the ball behind her, on the spin, against Tatjana Maria. The only disappointment was that she didn’t win the point in the end.
Best Match For drama alone, it has to be the Kyrgios-Tsitsipas game. It was intense, it got heated and bordered on the villain at times but, in the end, it was absolute quality. I just wish it had gone to five sets.
The biggest disappointment A bit obvious but Nadal’s withdrawal before the semi-finals. Nadal was aiming for the third Grand Slam match on the calendar and was playing well. It would have been great to see him play against Kyrgios but he made the right call.
Best Story Maria went to the semi-finals. On her second comeback, after having her second daughter, she performed better than ever. Had there been ranking points, she would have gotten a full reward, but the confidence she has gained should give her the chance to return.
In 2023 I hope… Federer is in top form and in the draw. Even at 41, as he will be then, if he has no injuries, who is to say he will not be able to return to the commercial stages? The way the crowds greeted him for Center Court’s 100th anniversary celebration, they can’t wait either.
best shot Still, it was the wrong shot at the wrong time with the right result, Kyrgios’ reverse interpolation from the baseline that grazed the net, dove nastily and forced Djokovic to score his volley in the fourth set was sublime.
Best Match Kyrgios-Tsitsipas was anger theater at its finest, full of illogical conflict out of nowhere, like low-level farce – and explanations later were no better – but so rich in blows and engagement. It could have been the championships centerpiece instead of an off-Broadway third-round warm-up.
The biggest disappointment The roof. It’s a magnificent feat of engineering, a boon for planners, gamers keen to avoid spitting rain and fading light, and patient fans willing to linger a little longer before heading home. Yet almost every day it has transformed an outdoor summer carnival into a television studio event – and that on the centenary of the beloved Center Court.
Best Story Like all tales of the unexpected, Tan provided an early shock to rock Wimbledon when she dropped Serena Williams in the first round – on merit too. The French player took her glorious tennis career one step further and was, briefly, the star of the tournament.
In 2023 I hope… Federer returns for a farewell to arms. Sue Barker, herself now retired in the shadows, whispered as an aside to the timeless John McEnroe that the most popular player in gaming history would be back. This may have been his last great call.
best shot Jabeur provided his own list of best moves in his semi-final against Maria. The reverse dive pass shot was pretty decent, but it was overshadowed by the Tunisian’s 360-degree drop shot, which I know is unique, but didn’t even earn her the point.
Best Match There was just something about Nadal’s comeback against Taylor Fritz that gripped in a way other games couldn’t. He went beyond the see-saw wrestling and relentless quality of tennis to something more human, or perhaps superhuman. Watching the 36-year-old not just refuse to give in to his opponent, but to injury, and indeed time itself, reminded us how lucky we are to live in a time of tennis legend.
The biggest disappointment There were a few names that were supposed to stamp their mark and mostly didn’t. Among them: Félix Auger-Aliassime, Iga Swiatek, Carlos Alcaraz and, yes, Emma Raducanu.
Best Story Jaber. Granted, it’s not a well-kept secret she’s the world No. 5, but this was the grand slam where she finally made her mark and made history. That she did it with a smile and a flirty brand of tennis only helped matters.
In 2023 I hope… Raducanu goes all the way. She’s a young woman with her head screwed up and a desire to work on her weaknesses. It would be great to see her replicate her Flushing Meadow form in SW19.