July 10, 2017
Wimbledon Domination From The "Big 4" What Gives?
There was a very interesting question that a news reporter asked Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal at this year's Wimbledon. The question was something to the sound of "why have you four been so dominant in the last 15 years. More specifically why have they been able to claim the title for 15 years straight?" This is the new pretty incredible stat! Think about it. Of all the people that have played Wimbledon in the past 15 years, only the four players mentioned have won the title. The four top players couldn't seem to find an answer for it.
I think I The Answer....
Through my experience of playing many players at levels higher and lower than me, there is a common denominator with the top players, they are able to hit hard and handle pace. This is exactly what Wimbledon presents as it is the fastest courts to play on. You cannot rely on stamina like the French Open or the hard courts because points do not last as long on grass. That means you need to have incredible hand-eye coordination to handle the faster pace and quick hands to hit a ball hard at your opponent. Wimbledon is a great example of this as I do not remember an upset in the men's draw in the last 20 years. There have been upsets on other courts because the courts are slower which allows players who may lack the coordination on grass to do just fine on clay or hard court.
What is this mean for your game?
You can increase your chances of winning by increasing your ability to handle pace and you hit the ball hard. A great example of working on this is to hit against the wall. This will not only sharpen your hand eye coordination but also increase your strength as you are hitting a lot of balls in a short amount of time. As you increase your pace your consistency will drop but keep working at that same pace and your consistency will start to grow. It will be frustrating at first but this will help you improve your chances of winning. I personally did this when I first learned the sport in high school and was able to have some great training when no one was around to hit with me. I highly recommend it! Here's a video on hitting against a wall. Happy training!