It’s been a great weekend for sports fans with 4 major events taking place over the 3 days (and 3 of them on home soil). Sadly, 3 out of four of them have been a bit of disappointment in terms of competitive success. We guess that run of super form we’ve been riding since the Olympics had to some to an end sometime – but fret not – there’s still lots to cheer on…
The Championships Wimbledon reached their finale on Sunday, albeit without 2013 Champion Andy Murray who crashed out spectacularly in the quarter finals. Instead, two other greats of the sport will battled it out to win Tennis’ most coveted grand slam.
In the end Becker reigned over Edberg in another vintage exhibition of tennis. What? we hear you say… are you stuck in the 1980s – it was Novak Djokovic that won. For those of you who haven’t heard Boris Becker (champion 85, 86 & 89) is Djokovic’s coach and Stefan Edberg (champion 88 & 90) has become Roger Federer’s. It’s a rivalry renewed as the two met in three consecutive finals between 1988 & 1990. Whatever Becker has put in Djokovic’s tea seems to have worked – it was an awesome 5 setter and Novak held his nerve.
If racket sports aren’t your thing then up in’t Yorkshire the Tour de France kicked off on Saturday. British interest was firmly focussed on local connection (his Mum lives in Harrogate) Mark Cavendish – but he had an horrendous looking crash during the sprint 500m from the finish line. Sadly, he dislocated and tore ligaments in his shoulder and will have to sit the rest of the event out. Still, let’s hope 2013’s overall winner Chris Froome can pull off a similar feat over the full race in 2014.
Then of course there’s that little Football Tournament in South America. Brazil are through – but without top goal scorer Neymar out after a knee in the back fractured a vertebrae. Germany look strong, the Netherlands looked lacklustre until the final 5 minutes and extra time against Costa Rica, and it’s clear Argentina would struggle without the genius of Messi.
Over at Silverstone, the Formula 1 circus rolled into town for the British Grand Prix (the 50th event held at the iconic track). On Saturday, Lewis Hamilton looked a cert for pole position in a rain-peppered qualifying session, but a series of last ditch laps by several drivers – including championship rival Nico Rosberg – saw him relegated to 6th. Lady luck was with Lewis – and not his team-mate – for the first time this season and (after a delayed restart because of a big accident by Raikonnen) he blasted through the field to take the win. Rosberg saw his first retirement of the season, but it was his name on the timesheets that added to the weekend of 80s throwback drama. His father Keke was Formula 1 world champion in 1982, and with a to-the-limit driving style was the first driver to make an 160.9 mph average lap at Silverstone in 1985, he’s a bit of a legend at the Northamptonshire track.
So, after all these events the packing up begins – destination storage. The bikes are off to France, the cars are off to Germany, things are coming nicely to a head in South America and the Tennis is over for another year.