“The weakest Wimbledon we've seen” - BBC commentator 2022

Are the BBC commentators correct in saying it's the weakest Wimbledon ever?


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Adv. Edberg

Legend
During Kyrgios - Tsitsipas, while they were closing the roof, one of the commentators (pretty sure it was John Lloyd) said:

"Without being disrespectful, it really is the weakest Wimbledon we've seen since I can remember"

Commentators usually always talk about how tennis has never been better or that Djokodal are playing better than ever etc etc, so for them to finally come out and say this is very telling.

Do you agree? Should this Wimbledon even count since there are no ATP points and some top players are banned? Some say Wimbledon 2022 is an exhibition tournament.

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Shaolin

G.O.A.T.
Guess they forgot about Malisse who pulled out because his heart rate was up or he was scared, snd Bjorkman, both SF'ists. Then there is world beater Volchkov who reached the SF.

Mystery person was probably Pam Shriver, high queen of stupid commentary.
 

PMChambers

Hall of Fame
Hard to answer as I don't know what that person has seen. As mentioned 73 was weak. The amateur years were weak. The era when few international players were weak.
One of the weakest in the open era. But don't despair it will get weaker in future as grass tennis becomes redundant.
 

travlerajm

Talk Tennis Guru
You can only hide it for so long. When the 3 best grass players in the world are two over-the-hill should-be-retired guys over age 35 and a part-time player and narcissist clown who is better at hitting tweener serves than he is at forehand returns, it becomes tough to keep saying tennis is better than ever.
 

onyxrose81

Hall of Fame
The Russians haven’t done anything on grass except Khachanov, who has been dire this year, Zverev got hurt and who also didn’t do anything. COVID unfortunately took out 3 players who could have done damage but it is what it is and that was unavoidable.
 

ghostofMecir

Hall of Fame
could see that coming at some point.....it is certainly not easy to speak out of the arse even after watching such hopeless sh!tshow, they have to endure two more lifeless matches before the tournament ends for everyone's respite.....

Of course you say this now that Rafito is out of the tournament.
 

Aabye5

G.O.A.T.
The Russians haven’t done anything on grass except Khachanov, who has been dire this year, Zverev got hurt and who also didn’t do anything. COVID unfortunately took out 3 players who could have done damage but it is what it is and that was unavoidable.

But the draw would have been fundamentally different with the Russian players allowed to play.

Djokovic very well could be facing Kyrgios in the semis, not the finals. Rafa would likely have had the Humbert, Goffin, Tiafoe section.
 

Adv. Edberg

Legend
Hard to answer as I don't know what that person has seen. As mentioned 73 was weak. The amateur years were weak. The era when few international players were weak.
One of the weakest in the open era. But don't despair it will get weaker in future as grass tennis becomes redundant.

Pretty sure it was John Lloyd who said it
 

a10best

Hall of Fame
Better get used to it. Men’s tennis is going to be mourning the loss of Fed, Nad and Djok greatly when they finally call it a day. We have been spoilt for almost two decades.
Gotta give kudos to Wawrinka and Murray for winning a few slams each against these GOATs.
I'd also say the group who couldn't win a slam against the goats; Tsonga, Berdych, Ferrer, Soderling are better than this new field.
What the WTA is going thru post Henin, Clijsters, Venus & Serena (she's basically retired) is what the ATP could be like.
 
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Adv. Edberg

Legend
Gotta give kudos to Wawrinka and Murray for winning a few slams each against these GOATs.
I'd also say the group who couldn't win a slam against the goats; Tsonga, Berdych, Ferrer, Soderling are better than this new field.
What the WTA is going thru post Henin & Serena(she's basically retired) is what the ATP could be like.

Yeah, I think peak Soderling could win this Wimby and maybe even FO this year.
 

PMChambers

Hall of Fame
Pretty sure it was John Lloyd who said it
He would have seen 73 he played in it. He also saw the amateur years. But his case in point is one of the weakest years in the Pro era.
2021 wasn't any better, had a few more solid players in Beri & Zed but that's it and Zed is not good enough over 5 on grass too many doubles under pressure and flakey BH.
The Top 10 wasn't any better. The field is HC and. clay dominated. Fed wasn't fit enough to be considered anything beyond QF.
I'm 50 and it's one of the weakest fields I've seen but mainly at the pointy end. The middle of the packs not been great on grass for many years as little money and ranking points available on grass, carpet or wood.
 

TennisLurker

Professional
The Nalbandian Hewitt one of 2002 was very weak too, Federer was eliminated by Ancic in the first round, and Sampras by Bastl. iirc Semifinals were something like Hewitt Schalken Nalbandian Malisse
The best grasscourter Hewitt had to beat was Henman

But the 2002 one was a freak terrible major. Now we have had two Wimbledons as bad as that one in a row.
 

mistik

Hall of Fame
it still turned better than I anticipated it wasn’t disaster but it is not exciting nor memorable.it is the summary of Wimbledon last couple of years it makes you yawn.
 

Flash777

Rookie
ROFL....Someone saying a Wimbledon with 22/20 Grandslam Champs and with a combined 8 Wimbledons between them is actually weak? Wow!!

And who exactly would have made it a strong one?

I **** my pants in Grandslam Zverev?

I can't win a Grass Title to save my life Medvedev?

I am the world's best ballbasher Rublev?

I am the weakest backhander Bettetini?

Seriously???

Let's see who we actually have?

Someone who actually played great grass court Tennis and beat the World # 1 - Tim Van Rij

A great all court Teen sensation - Alcaraz

A mercurial player who actually is in the form of his life on Grass Courts - Nick Kyrgios

A up and rising youngster who played great level on Grass - Sinner

Players with some Grass court pedigree - FAA and Hurkacz

S&V specialists - Otte & Cressy

A GOAT candidate who is in midst of a spectacular run - Nadal

One of the best Grass Court Champions ever - Novak

PPL are delusional if they think anything about Weak...

Infact I wud say this year is already better than last year and many years in the 1st decade of this century.
 

spottishwood

Hall of Fame
The Nalbandian Hewitt one of 2002 was very weak too, Federer was eliminated by Ancic in the first round, and Sampras by Bastl. iirc Semifinals were something like Hewitt Schalken Nalbandian Malisse
The best grasscourter Hewitt had to beat was Henman

But the 2002 one was a freak terrible major. Now we have had two Wimbledons as bad as that one in a row.
This one seems more like WI'00 Sampras' draw. Just the finalist was better in that one. We had an epic in the semis also.
 

mcs1970

Hall of Fame
The big 3 have masked the overall weakness in the ATP tour that has been prevalent for a long time. Now that they themselves are getting older, it’s just that the overall weakness or lack of must watch players are becoming glaringly obvious.

The other grand slams will get boring too until a new crop of dominant stars and real rivalries come about. The key thing is they have to be dominant. The Tsitsipas Kyrgios rivalry is a joke.
 

jl809

Hall of Fame
It is very fitting that there are no points available for this ****show. Definitely the worst we've seen since 02. Wimbledon is now the worst slam on the tour in terms of entertainment value and quality of play, although the US Open is putting up a bit of a fight too
 

liriel

Semi-Pro
Yes. During my lifetime plus when I started watching at like 12? Definitely. Last year was boring but today was so boring. Ironically the $ were sky high. I think Wimbledon is becoming a thing of the past. and of course I chose to pay for semis and finals because I'm.. **
 
Better get used to it. Men’s tennis is going to be mourning the loss of Fed, Nad and Djok greatly when they finally call it a day. We have been spoilt for almost two decades.
The sport always moves on, it's bigger than individuals. Maybe there was same perception when Agassi et al were getting closer to retirement and fed had yet to dominate. They'll start marketing the next set of players - alcaraz, sinner etc.
A few good slam finals, rivalries and everything will be right as rain. That's why the transition needs to happen sooner than later. Sure there will be some fedal nostalgia but it'll be great to see new goats emerge.
The sport can't continue to be dominated by an approaching 40 trio, it's not golf.;)
 
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