Wimbledon is over, the year 2010 tucked away in the record books. Centre Court now sports a roof and artificial lights, an abrupt departure from tradition in favor of increased revenue and pressure from major television outlets.
Most of the traditions, however, stay intact, like bowing to the Queen, strawberries and cream, and no tiebreak in the final set.
While the elongated fifth set has been an issue from time to time, in 2010 it became historically significant, as Nicholas Mahut and John Isner battled over three days in their first-round match, which finally concluded after 11 hours of play, 70-68 in the fifth set.
Neither player could play on after that match even though both tried, Mahut in doubles and Isner in singles. For that reason alone, some sort of limit needs to be established.
Most of the talk was of the men. Without a “suggestive” outfit from Venus, the women remained pretty much invisible throughout the tournament. U.S. coverage focused almost entirely on the Williams sisters—what there was of that. As usual, the men stole the headlines and the regular television spotlight.
So Serena’s amazing win, with her sizzling serve-breaking records, was generally overlooked as all the world continued the Rafa-Roger debate.
Too bad, because the ladies put on quite a show!