ANDY MURRAY, who becomes the first Brit to win in 77 years, topped a poll of the 20 most memorable moments at Wimbledon.
Other hits include Goran Ivanisevic, who won as a wildcar in 2001 after beating Tim Henman in the semifinals over three days, and John McEnroe’s infamous song “You can’t be serious!”. 1981 scold.
Steffi Graf’s 1988 win, which was part of her Grand Slam year, and Cliff Richard, who performed “Singin’ in the Rain” on Center Court during a 1996 rain delay, were also on the list.
The study of 1,000 tennis fans found that 68 percent believe Wimbledon is the best tournament in the sport.
And eight out of ten follow Wimbledon more than any other competition in the sport.
Fans fondly remember the longest tennis match ever (11 hours) between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut in 2010 and Jana Novotna being comforted by the Duchess of Kent after losing the 1993 final.
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It turned out that 77 per cent believe Wimbledon “holds a special place in their hearts” after so many iconic events.
A spokesman for Lottoland.co.uk, which commissioned the study ahead of its Sportsbook 4-1 bid for favorites Novak Djokovic and Iga Świątek, said: “Wimbledon is the most iconic date on the tennis calendar for good reason.
“As the results have shown, it’s a competition full of top moments, some tennis-related but others focused on the iconic atmosphere the competition brings.”
The most important thing people love about Wimbledon is the quality of the sport, seeing the best players in the world compete and the nation coming together to support British rivals.
And 17 percent even like to see celebrities during the tournament.
Prince William, the Duchess of Cornwall, Tom Cruise and David Beckham are the celebrities respondents would most like to see in the crowd.
Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal topped the list of most popular winners in men’s singles.
And Steffi Graf, Serena Williams and Martina Navratilova were the female favourites.
While seven out of ten supported Tim Henman, the term “Henmania” was coined for the occasion.
In addition, tennis fans would spend an average of £95 on tickets to the coveted final.
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Here is the stirring list of memories from the world’s most famous tennis tournament
1. Andy Murray becomes the first male British winner in 77 years by winning 2013
2. Goran Ivanisevic won as a wildcard, beating Tim Henman in the semifinals over three days in 2001
3. John McEnroe’s infamous “You can’t be serious” rage from 1981
4. Pat Cash became the first person to step into the coaching box after winning the final – a tradition for all winners ever since, in 1987
5. Boris Becker won in 1985 as an unseeded 17-year-old
6. The epic five-set men’s final in 1980 between bitter rivals Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe ended in a tiebreak
7. The longest tennis match ever (11 hours) between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut in 2010
8. Nadal finally dethroned Federer in 2008 after an epic fight
9. Cliff Richard performs “Singin’ in the Rain” on Center Court during a 1996 rain delay
10. Folk Sunday (due to rain delays) – before the roof was put in place on Center Court
11. Jana Novotna is comforted by the Duchess of Kent after losing the 1993 final
12. Steffi Graf’s 1988 win which was part of her Grand Slam year
13. The first time the Williams sisters competed in 2000
14. Huge applause for Dame Sarah Gilbert for her pioneering Covid-19 vaccine work while standing in the Royal Box in 2021
15. Emma Raducanu defeats Sorana Cîrstea in 2021
16. Martina Navratilova finally won her ninth Wimbledon crown in 1990
17. Arthur Ashe beat Jimmy Connors in 1975
18. Pete Sampras being flogged by George Bastl on Champions Court 2 in 2002
19. Maria Sharapova’s tuxedo top in 2008
20. A streaker interrupts Maria Sharapova and Elena Dementieva’s quarterfinals in 2006
With Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal winning this year’s men’s final and Serena Williams and Emma Raducanu in the women’s.
The Lottoland spokesman said: “As the results show, there is something very special about Wimbledon and its impact on the British public.
“It seems whether you’re a year-round tennis fan or a one-time viewer, we’re all equally fascinated by the finals each year.”
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