Bigger legend of Wimbledon: Fognini, Rios, Borg, Cliff Richard or The Wombles?

Biggest Wimbledon legend?


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Marcelo Rios: "Grass is for cows."

The Chilean's record at Wimbledon: One fourth round, two first rounds.

I have to give the edge to the Italian, just ahead of Borg and Rios. I don't think Borg would be able to compete with his traditional serve/volley game and in the age of poly strings, while Rios, though arguably a Wimbledon legend because, unlike others, he never lost to Sampras, Agassi, Rafter, Ivanisevic, Krajicek or Henman there, did lose a classic five-setter against peak Francisco Clavet, and didn't really bother to show up for it most of the time.

The Wombles are mainly for kids, so although I respect what they've achieved, I think there should be an asterisk there as they haven't fully branched into the adult market of television and mixed it with the big-hitters. Also, they are more of a regional attraction-not exactly Game Of Thrones or The X-Files.

Cliff Richard is a fixture at Wimbledon but again, like Borg, his best days were in the sixties/seventies when there wasn't a depth of competition in the charts e.g. no Adele, Lady Gaga, Robbie Williams etc. so although he's given us the odd memorable singalong on Centre Court, I'm not sure it is enough to eclipse peak Fognini, who has reached a few third rounds and maybe an odd fourth.

I understand it's controversial to put Fognini ahead of Borg and some won't agree and will accuse me of bias.

1. The Fog
2. Borg
3. Rios
4. Cliff Richard
5. The Wombles

Thoughts?
 
Cliff’s relevance at Wimbledon ended when they installed the roof at Centre Court. No longer did he have an excuse for his cringeworthy ‘entertaining’ at SW19.

The Wombles OTOH remain undisputed icons of Wimbledon, so I voted for them.
 

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Some reflections on the OP's choices:

The Fog: I know it's rained a lot at Wimbledon over the years but I've never witnessed this particular weather phenomenon on Centre Court before.

Cliff Richard: Did his best to entertain us while waiting for the rain to stop but ,unlike the Wombles, who can even recall what he sang?

Rios: Whining about grass being for cows was far from original given that Santana beat him to it by 4 decades (and then embarrassed himself by winning the title). A much better claim to legend status was his plea to Seles "to move her fat ass" when he was queuing behind her in the Wimbledon dining room.

Borg: The first authentic Wimbledon hearthrob of the open era. The staid old AELTC were forced to provide protection from all his young female admirers whenever he struggled to make his way to the court.

The Wombles: Authentic legends of Wimbledon without whom its immaculate green lawns would be stained with litter and we would never have that annoying song to rock backwards and forwards to when p****d out of our skulls in the Wimbledon bar.
So clearly they get my vote.
 
Rios: Whining about grass being for cows was far from original given that Santana beat him to it by 4 decades (and then embarrassed himself by winning the title). A much better claim to legend status was his plea to Seles "to move her fat ass" when he was queuing behind her in the Wimbledon dining room.
Excellent point sir. Of course, it still doesn't trump wishing for mass destruction to fall upon the All-England Yawn Tennis and Croaky Club; but with that witty personal posterior jibe in mind, I have no option but to re-arrange my final appraisal, and move the charming Chilean up a notch in the authoritative standings:

1. Fognini
2. Rios
3. Borg
4. Cliff Richard
5. The Wombles
 
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