Wimbledon’s final day had a familiar feel, perfumed by nostalgia, as Swiss veteran Roger Federer landed his eighth men’s singles title.
Jamie Murray won his second Wimbledon title and third grand slam overall as he teamed up in mixed doubles with Martina Hingis, who landed a remarkable 23rd major of her career.
And it’s all over for another year, with the tennis stars moving on to North America soon, ahead of the US Open that begins at Flushing Meadows on Monday, August 28.
Hingis was celebrating a great day for Switzerland after landing her 23rd grand slam title.
Five of those successes came in singles during a purple patch in the late 1990s, all before her 19th birthday. She became a doubles master later in her career, having also won titles in her teens.
The singles slams all came before Federer, her Swiss compatriot, made his senior Wimbledon main-draw debut, since when he has stacked up eight singles titles at the All England Club to set a record for the men’s game.
It took Federer just an hour and 41 minutes to get past Marin Cilic in the men’s final, allowing Hingis and Murray an early start to their mixed doubles final.
“It was a good day for us,” said 36-year-old Hingis. “It was nice that he played a nice, quick match today. We got on quickly. Not having to wait around and lose nerves over him fighting four or five sets.
“But obviously he’s done amazing things. Winning the title for the eighth time, I mean, both him and (Rafael) Nadal, 10-time French Open, it’s amazing what he accomplished in singles. He’s only a year younger than me. I definitely admire that.”
Jordanne Whiley is targeting a Paralympic gold medal after matching ‘Quadfather’ Peter Norfolk’s haul of 10 grand slam wheelchair tennis titles.
The 25-year-old Briton said she had not realised she was about to hit double figures before she and Yui Kamiji landed the women’s doubles title on Sunday.
“I didn’t even think about that. I was so focused on getting four Wimbledons because it sounds better than three, that I forgot now I was actually into double figures individually, which is incredible,” Whiley said.
“I’ve always wanted to get into double figures. Now I am. I’ve equalled (Norfolk’s 10 grand slam wins), so it’s a healthy rivalry between me and him.”
Norfolk retired from wheelchair tennis in 2013 and tweeted congratulations to Whiley after the match, praising her “100 per cent commitment”.
To match Norfolk was an honour, but Whiley is aiming to catch up in the Paralympic stakes, with her two bronze successes put in the shade by Norfolk’s two gold and two silver medals in quad tennis.
Asked if she would be targeting “the gold bling”, Whiley said: “Definitely. I don’t have a gold medal. Hopefully in three years’ time, I can do that in Tokyo.”
The Royal Box was packed with big names from many walks of life for the men’s final, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prime Minister Theresa May, London’s mayor Sadiq Khan and Hollywood actor Bradley Cooper among the guests.
The sporting names included former Wimbledon winners Stefan Edberg, Neale Fraser, Chris Evert, Jan Kodes, Rod Laver, Stan Smith and Manuel Santana.
Quote of the day
“I felt like I dreamed pretty big as a kid. I believed that maybe things were possible that maybe others thought were never going to be achievable. That helped me.” – Federer, record eight-time Wimbledon men’s singles champion.
Picture of the day
Federer plants a kiss on the Wimbledon trophy.