CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

Wimbledon 130

I remember riding with my parents on I-95 and listening to the sports news. The number one sports story was Bjorn Borg defeating Jimmy Connors 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 to reclaim the Men's Wimbledon Single's Crown. The previous day, Virgina Wade won the ladies crown and Sports Illustrated claimed that "Wimbledon had never been better."

The Wimbledon matches was televised on tape delay until 1979, when NBC tried something called "Breakfast at Wimbledon." Dick Enberg and Bud Collins announced a great final between Roscoe Tanner and Bjorn Borg. Borg won 6-4 in the final and it was a great match. This match would be overshadowed a year later when Borg won his 5th singles championship.

This Borg-McEnroe encounter featured the legendary 4th set tiebreaker(the battle of 18-16, going to John McEnroe). Borg earned his last Wimbledon Championship by winning 8-6 in the 5th set, the way an epic match should end.

"Breakfast at Wimbledon" is now taken for granted during the July 4th week. However this year's Wimbledon tournament featured some of the best stories since Pete Sampras played. The contests were tight and dramatic. Yet there was a sense of the passing of the torch with this 130th tournament.

Bud Collins will not return as an NBC broadcaster. He has been absent from the broadcast booth for a few years. The man was a better writer than an announcer. As an announcer, in fact, Collins could be more obnoxious than his colorful pants. Still, his place in breakfast broadcasting history is assured.

Last, but not least, it was great to see the Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe enter Wimbledon Center Court together. There was a sense of the old guard pasting the torch in a way the old guard did at the Wimbledon Centennial in 1977.
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