Wimbledon Awards 2022: the final word on the best and worst of SW19 | Wimbledon 2022

Tumaini Carayol

Best morning Novak Djokovic’s sliding, open stance cross court backhand pass winner against Jannik Sinner, which ended with him falling face down. He celebrated by lifting his arms and legs off the ground. Flying.

Best match Nick Kyrgios vs Stefanos Tsitsipas. One of the most chaotic I’ve seen. Kyrgios tried to get Tsitsipas to time out, Tsitsipas lost his head and spent the whole set trying to hit Kyrgios with the ball, two intense press conferences and mainly quality tennis in a match that was tight until the end.

Biggest disappointment After all his efforts to prepare for Wimbledon, it is a shame that Rafael Nadal’s calendar Grand Slam bid has been ended by an abdominal injury that deprived him of a chance to face Kyrgios in the semi-finals. Matteo Berrettini catches Covid he was also extremely unhappy on the eve of the tournament.

The best story Ons Jabeur thus almost became the first Arab and African woman to win a Grand Slam. Her accomplishments were incredible in and of themselves, but they’re all the more meaningful given how well-behaved she is and what a nice person she is. Her Press conference after her loss to Elena Rybakina is essential viewing for all tennis fans.

In 2023 I hope… the over 40 club gets another year and so on Wimbledon she gets the last dance with Roger Federer as well as Serena and Venus Williams.

Barney Ronay

Best morning A disdainful cross-court slicing backhand drop-dink from Benoît Paire during a limp first-round defeat, killed by moaning at his agent and loudly complaining that the sun was still rising (into the sun). Benoît, have a vacation.

Benoît Paire had a lot going on during his first round loss.
Benoît Paire had a lot going on during his first round loss. Photo: Alberto Pezzali/AP

Best match Serena Williams vs. Harmony Tan. Strange styles but perfect match and grand operatic drama. Absolutely captivating.

Biggest disappointment No Nadal against Kyrgios. They couldn’t help but bet they could seriously drive each other crazy.

The best story The unnamed trainer used up his daily food allotment with 26 bottles of the yogurt drink. Partridge vibes.

In 2023 I hope… The Russians are back because the world is healthy again and all will be well.

Simon Cambers

Best morning Djokovic’s backhand serve, which 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 get the point in the end.

Ons Jabeur made Wimbledon history and some amazing shots too.
Ons Jabeur made Wimbledon history and some amazing shots too. Photo: Frey/TPN/Getty Images

Best match It has to be a Kyrgios-Tsitsipas match just for the sake of drama. It was intense, it heated up and bordered on resistance at times, but in the end it was absolute quality. I wish it would go to five sets.

Biggest disappointment A bit obvious, but Nadal’s withdrawal before the semi-finals. Nadal went into the third match of the calendar Grand Slam and played well. It would have been great to see him play Kyrgios, but he made a wise choice.

The best story Maria’s run to the semi-finals. In her second comeback, after giving birth to her second daughter, she played better than ever. If there were ranking points, she would be fully rewarded, but the confidence gained should give her a chance to come again.

In 2023 I hope… Federer is fully fit and on the draw. Even at 41, how will he fare if he’s injury free, who’s to say he can’t make it to the trade stage again? They also can’t wait to see how the crowd greeted him at the 100-year Center Court celebrations.

Kevin Mitchell

Best morning For all that, it was the wrong stroke at the wrong time with the right result, Kyrgios’ backhand tweener from the baseline that flew over the net, dipped viciously and forced Djokovic to net his fourth-set volley was screechingly wonderful.

Best match Kyrgios-Tsitsipas was a theater full of rage, full of illogical conflicts out of thin air, like a low-level farce – and the later explanations were no better – and yet so rich in moves and commitment. It could have been the centerpiece of the championship instead of a third-round warm-up off Broadway.

Biggest disappointment Roof. It’s a magnificent feat of engineering, a boon to planners, gamers who want to avoid spitting rain and fading light, and patient fans ready to hang on a little longer before heading home. Yet almost every day he turned the open-air carnival into a television studio event — and that’s for the centennial of the beloved center court.

The best story Like all stories of the unexpected, Tan provided the early shock that set Wimbledon alight when she dumped Serena Williams in the first round – also on merit. The French player took her famous nomme de tennis a little further and was briefly the star of the tournament.

Harmony Tan caused an early shock by defeating Serena Williams.
Harmony Tan caused an early shock by defeating Serena Williams. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

In 2023 I hope… Federer returns to the gun farewell. Sue Barker she herself now withdraws into the shadows, whispered aside to the ageless John McEnroe that the most popular player in the history of the game would be back. Maybe it was her last great call.

Paul McInnes

Best morning Jabeur provided her own shortlist of the best shots in her semi-final against Maria. The backhand shot was pretty decent, but was trumped by Tunisia with their 360° spin drop shot, which is unique as far as I know, but didn’t get them a point.

Best match There was just something there Nadal’s comeback against Taylor Fritz which caught on in a way that other matches could not. It went beyond the swing battle and unrelenting quality of tennis to something more human or perhaps superhuman. Watching the 36-year-old not only refuse to back down to opponents, but injuries and indeed time itself, was a reminder of how lucky we are to live in an era of tennis legends.

Rafael Nadal was injured in his quarterfinal against Taylor Fritz, but still won.
Rafael Nadal was injured in his quarterfinal against Taylor Fritz, but still won. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

Biggest disappointment There were a few names that were supposed to represent their brand, and overall they didn’t. Among them: Félix Auger-Aliassime, Iga Swiatek, Carlos Alcaraz and yes, Emma Raducanu.

The best story Jaber. Granted, it’s not a well-kept secret, she’s world No. 5, but this was the Grand Slam where she finally broke through and made history as well. That she did it with a smile and charming tennis only helped.

In 2023 I hope… Raducan goes all the way. She is a young woman with a screwed up head and a desire to work on her weaknesses. It would be great to see her replicate her Flushing Meadow form in SW19.

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