Daniel Nwikpo

Grindlow, UK

Daniel Nwikpo was one of the original fans to view the retractable roof installed on the Centre Court at Wimbledon, which occurred in 2009. He got to observe the roof retracting for the first time and indicated it was worth waiting for to see this new installation, which allows games to continue even in adverse weather situations. Fortunately, this year’s Wimbledon was relatively uneventful from a weather standpoint, but offered plenty of intrigue and drama out on the courts.

First of note is the well-publicized victory of Andy Murray. No British man has won Wimbledon since 1936, and no British person has done so since 1977. Fred Perry was the last British Wimbledon winner all those years ago, though Virginia Wade won the women’s singles back in 1977, her last Grand Slam title before her retirement. She collected a few others in her time, specifically the U.S. Open in 1968 and the Australian Open in 1972, making her a well-decorated tennis veteran.

Andy Murray is still fairly young by most standards, and started playing tennis when he was not much more than a kid. He hails from Scotland, and has made it to the semifinals at Wimbledon three years in a row now. He was defeated last year in the final by Roger Federer, but came back for revenge to take the Olympic gold a few weeks later, on the same court, ironically enough.

Besides Murray’s victory, Daniel Nwikpo got to witness the victory of Marion Bartoli in the women’s division, who won against the favorite Sabine Lisicki, much to everyone’s surprise. The veteran accepted the honor graciously, offering words of comfort to her competitor that she would get the opportunity to return next year and go for the championship.

Also breaking records at Wimbledon this year were Bob and Mike Bryan, twin brothers who took home the men’s doubles title. They are gold metal Olympic champions in doubles, and are close to becoming the first double players to achieve all four Grand Slam titles in one year in the Open Era. This year’s Wimbledon was definitely a tournament to remember across the board, with surprising victories and celebrations all around.