The total prize pot for the tournament stands at £38 million this year. However, despite widely being regarded as the most coveted and prestigious of Grand Slams, the number still falls below what is offered in the US Open and at Roland Garros.
US Open reportedly offered £42.4 million in 2018 while Roland Garros earlier this year coughed up €42.6 million.
Novak Djokovic outlasted Roger Federer in an epic 5-setter at yesterday’s Wimbledon finals, finally clinching the top prize with a 13-12 tie breaker win in the fifth and final set.
“I’m not going to lie. This record is the number one reason she came back to tennis,” he said.
She had a baby, she started a family, she became a mother. She had to accept the pressure, accept to live this life again, travel around the world at 37 years old. And that’s because she wants it so much. It is the only reason she came back to tennis.”
As it would turn out, the imperious American would have to wait for the US Open to try and realize her dreams.
Rafael Nadal admitted in the post match press conference that ‘stress’ played a factor in him losing the Wimbledon 2019 semifinal against arch rival Roger Federer.
The gritty Spaniard went down fighting in another instant Wimbledon classic between two of the greatest tennis players of all time and pointed to stress as a factor why he lost the match.
Speaking to reporters after the four set encounter, Nadal revealed that some of the things that Federer was doing well in the match were stress-inducing for him and didn’t allow him to play at his best.
“I had my chances, but he played little bit better. The beginning of the third probably was one of the keys,” he said.
“Stress? Maybe, I don’t know. Probably because he was doing a lot of things well.”
“His return was better than mine and my backhand didn’t work as good as in the previous rounds. I was a little bit too worried about missing with the backhand, so I was not able to move with freedom to the forehand. I was not able to open [up] the court,” confessed the world number 2.
“You can’t make him miss for the speed of the ball. You have to put him out of position. If you don’t, then he plays in his comfort zone, and it gets very difficult.”
Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal in a four set instant classic to book a date opposite Novak Djokovic in the gentleman’s finals at Wimbledon 2019 and then explained exactly why that he would look back upon the encounter favourably.
Federer used his backhand to devastating effect in an instant Wimbledon classic against Rafael Nadal to emerge a 7-6(3), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 winner and book his spot against Novak Djokovic in the finals.
He then revealed why the instant classic would go down in his book as one of his favourite matches – ever.
“Definitely going down as one of my favourite matches to look back at,” he said.
“Because it’s Rafa, it’s at Wimbledon, the crowds were into it. It lived up to the hype, especially coming out of the gates, we were both playing very well. Then the climax at the end with the crazy last game. It had everything.”
It was a match that fed all the hype surrounding the Fedal phenomenon and typified exactly why the duo – eleven years on from their all time classic at Wimbledon 2008 – were still sitting pretty atop the tennis world.
Tellingly, the other man to form the big three Novak Djokovic, is the opponent awaiting Roger Federer in the finals in what should be another humdinger of a contest on Sunday, July 14.
Rafael Nadal gears up to resume his historic Wimbledon rivalry with Roger Federer when they play each other in the semifinal. Ahead of the match, he took a moment to reflect on their battles over the years.
The Spaniard will face off against his greatest rival after 11 years at Wimbledon, their last encounter being that epic 2008 final which is widely regarded as one of the best games of tennis to ever be played.
Nadal revealed that remembers it on a similar vein too.
“We [Nadal and Federer] played a lot of good matches. Here in this tournament, we played two great finals, [in] 2007 and 2008. [They] Have been two emotional matches.
“Personally, 2008 was a little bit more emotional for me. But I appreciate the fact that I was part of the 2007, too,” he said, recounting his previous two epic encounters at the tournament against Federer.
Federer and Gauff are both represented by the same management company, TEAM8, which is owned by the Swiss maestro. Perhaps that’s why he claimed that he is happy to spot her a bit of advice along her career to help her out of tight spots.
“Honestly, if it’s Coco [Cori] or any other player asking me questions, I’ll answer the question. I like to pick up players when they’re maybe not feeling so well or they’re insecure and unsure.
“They think they’re about to climb this mega mountain, but actually, it’s just part of the journey.
“If I can be helpful there, I’m happy to do that,” he claimed.
Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal will be played at Wimbledon 2019 after over a decade and predictably, the ticket prices for the contest have all gone quite silly.
Rafael Nadal made light work of big-serving American Sam Querrey while Roger Federer had to overcome a first set blip against Kei Nishikori to book his spot in the semifinals.
However, Federer came through eventually and will go on to face his greatest rival (and good friend) Rafael Nadal for the first time since 2008, when the duo played one of the all-time great tennis matches in the Wimbledon finals.
The ticket prices for the event, as reported by Yahoo, start at £7000, which translates to nearly USD 9000.
To lend perspective to the pricing, the entry-level ticket at the NFL Superbowl earlier this year was around USD 3500, while a ticket for the Masters – which Tiger Woods won – cost around USD 2000-3000.
The silly pricing for the ticket only serves to underline the kind of expectation fans and the organizers have for the match. The victor of the contest will go on to face the winner between Bautista Agut and Novak Djokovic, in the finals.
Rafael Nadal made light work of Roger Federer when they played each other in the recently concluded French Open tournament. But that isn’t figuring into the Swiss maestro’s psyche ahead of his semifinal clash with the Spaniard at Wimbledon 2019.
It was just about a month ago when Rafael Nadal recorded a straight-set victory over his greatest rival Roger Federer in the French Open semifinals.
However, the result of that match isn’t something that the number two seed is bothering himself with as he readies himself to take on the Spaniard in the Wimbledon 2019 semifinals.
“Not so much the French Open, I do believe. I feel like conditions were slightly different. It was so windy. It was just insane,” he said, brushing away the importance of his defeat to Nadal.
“I haven’t heard it was going to be the same in a couple of days, so I hope not, even though that would be funny again.”
However, Federer’s string of victories against Nadal has mostly come on hard court, with the victory in the Australian Open final in 2017 particularly standing out – something the Swiss legend acknowledged may be relevant in predicting the winner of their upcoming clash.
“Maybe Australian Open final [is relevant]. Obviously, best-of-five-set match, five sets. Then again, I don’t know. It doesn’t matter anyway. Who cares?
“It’s going to be tough. Rafa really can hurt anybody on any surface. He’s that good. He’s not just a clay-court specialist,” he concluded.
Number two seed Roger Federer weighed in on exactly what gives him, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic the edge to keep performing at the highest level in Wimbledon 2019.
All three of the top seeds in the tournament came through unscathed in their respective round of 16 match-ups, that too in straight sets. Federer outclassed Berrettini, Nadal made light work of Sousa and Djokovic eased past Humbert.
Speaking after his match, Federer outlined exactly why the ‘Big 3’ of tennis continue to extend their dominance over the men’s circuit and why they’re pulling out all the stops at Wimbledon 2019.
“I think the best guys now are fully engaged, they know exactly what to expect from the court and the conditions. That helps us to play better. I think with experience, that’s good. We haven’t dropped much energy in any way.
“It’s not like we’re coming in with an empty tank into the second week,” he said.
Welcome to FOX Sports Asia’s Ballon d’Or 2019 rankings. Here, we make a monthly appraisal of the five favourites to win the most prestigious individual award depending on their performances and achievements.
#5 Kylian Mbappe
The French sensation has taken over from Neymar as PSG’s attacking spearhead in the 2018/19 season and with good reason. His goal involvement numbers in the season are second only to Lionel Messi’s.
39 goals and 17 assists in 43 games. That alone earns him a spot on this list.
Mbappe could have been ranked higher though, had it not been for PSG’s shock Champions League exit at the hands of Manchester United and their defeat to Rennes in the French Cup finals.
Alisson didn’t just win Copa America 2019 with Brazil, but he also won the Golden Glove award for conceding the least number of goals in the tournament.
He won the same award in the Champions League and in the Premier League too. And his performance in the UCL finals against Tottenham to preserve Liverpool’s clean sheet was nothing short of supreme.
A lot of credit must go to Virgil van Dijk for tightening that Liverpool defence, but Alisson has been phenomenal when called upon. The fact that two separate teams with him in goal have gone on to win silverware this season gets him up on this list at number 4.
#3 Cristiano Ronaldo
There is no Ballon d’Or list without Cristiano Ronaldo. Yes, the Juventus star didn’t live up to his own lofty goal scoring standards of previous seasons but he was still an integral part of teams that won silverware.
He won the Italian Super Cup and the Serie A with Juventus and managed to bag the UEFA Nations League trophy with Portugal as well. In the process, he also collected a number of personal records.
The quarterfinal exit in the Champions League, however, is still a sticking point and is reason why he isn’t higher up on the list.
#2 Lionel Messi
A couple of months back, Ballon d’Or number 6 looked destined for Lionel Messi’s trophy cabinet. But a shocking 4-0 reverse to Liverpool at Anfield – and a subsequent Champions League exit – saw it all unravel for the Argentine.
That debacle was quickly followed by a Copa del Rey final loss to Valencia.
But Messi’s cloud of failure also followed him to international duty, as Argentina finished third in Copa America as his wait for his first international trophy continues.
Despite all of this, there is still a good chance he wins the Ballon d’Or because his numbers have been nothing short of phenonemal this season.
He’s got 51 goals and 22 assists in 50 games. If that doesn’t deserve the award…
#1 Virgil van Dijk
The only other player this season who can have a realistic claim to the Ballon d’Or apart from Lionel Messi is Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.
Usually the prestigious award is decided on goal involvement numbers – or at least, it has been in 10 of the last 11 years. But Luka Modric’s win last season signalled a paradigm shift that focuses on a player’s importance to a team’s performance.
Under that judging criteria, Virgil van Dijk has, arguably, been the most important player to a team you can find in Europe’s top leagues.
Not only did Liverpool win the Champions League with him commanding their backline, they also finished the Premier League season 1 point behind Manchester City – perhaps an even more coveted achievement.
Yes, based on numbers this year’s Ballon d’Or should go to Lionel Messi. But football isn’t played on paper, is it?
Lionel Messi met Neymar in the hallway following Argentina’s 2-0 defeat to Brazil in the Copa America 2019 semifinal and the duo exchanged words.
Diario Gol reports that the two spoke regarding Neymar’s move back to Barcelona from PSG, with the Argentine wizard detailing to him exactly what he had to do to push through the move.
The report claims that Messi asked Neymar to apologize publicly to Barcelona and its fans for leaving in the first place and to tell the powers that be in PSG that he wants out of the club.
While that will give Barcelona leverage in negotiations, Messi has promised the Brazilian that he will also put out a statement that he is in favour of the signing – something he hasn’t done for Antoine Griezmann.
The report also states that the resignation of Jordi Mestre, former vice-president of Barcelona, has facilitated the Neymar transfer as he was a strong proponent against bringing the Brazilian back to the club.
FOX Sports Asia probability ratings: 2/5: Although it is well documented that Neymar and Lionel Messi are good friends, it seems hard to conceive that the Argentine would be discussing transfer strategy with Neymar on the back of a stinging Copa America semifinal defeat for his country.
Nick Kyrgios sent down a thunderbolt that clocked 143mph on the speed-o-meter in his Wimbledon match against Rafael Nadal- just 1mph short of the all time ATP record for a second serve held by Ivo Karlović.
Kyrgios would eventually end up losing in an entertaining 4-setter to the number three seed, but the match certainly threw up a raft of talking points – one of them being Kyrgios’ mega serve.
In fact, the Aussie sent down the serve after becoming upset at losing a challenge for his first serve.
In keeping with the serve narrative, the game also featured Kyrgios’ classic underhand serve as he twice caught out Nadal successfully. However all the power and tricks in the book couldn’t help him at the end of the day as the Spaniard proved too technical for him to overcome.
Nadal would eventually go on to win the game 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6, 7-6 and progress to the third round in the tournament. Kyrgios, meanwhile, stirred up controversy yet again by lambasting the referee for allowing Nadal to take too long in between serves.
Nick Kyrgios stirred up more controversy after his entertaining 4-set loss to Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon- claiming that he purposely tried to hit his opponent during the match.
Kyrgios faced off with Nadal in the second round at Wimbledon in a gritty contest, taking a set off him en route to a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6, 7-6 loss.
However, the match itself wasn’t without its controversial moments and saw the Aussie successfully execute two underhanded serves that Nadal had no answer to. While the audience lapped that up, they didn’t exactly take well to Kyrgios trying to hit Nadal with a mega forehand in the third set – something that also elicited a cold stare from the Spaniard.
Don't ever tell me Lionel Messi is the GOAT ever again. Dominated by Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League and International Football, but he can be the GOAT of La Liga if he wants. Must be fun scoring braces against Huesca and Getafe every weekend.
How can you call Lionel Messi the greatest of all time when he has never won a major trophy with Argentina's national team. All his major achievements are tied to Barcelona. That's an insult to real GOAT'S like Cristiano Ronaldo, Maradona and Pele. pic.twitter.com/A4s5kISUwH