Nishikori Wimbledon 2015 outfit

Kei Nishikori Wimbledon 2015 outfit

The Uniqlo Wimbledon 2015 match wear will be available exclusively online and at Uniqlo Wimbledon & Regent street stores from June 26th – whilst stocks last.

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Laura Robson Wimbledon 2015 outfit

Laura Robson returns to home soil a wildcard in the championship and looking to regain the form that saw her become a British number one. She will wear the Nike Pure Tennis Tank, Nike Flouncy Skirt and the Nike Zoom Cage 2.

Laura Robson Wimbledon outfit

Items from the summer 2015 NikeCourt collection, including apparel and footwear donned by other NikeCourt elite athletes, will be available at select Nike retailers and on nike.com/nikecourt beginning June 24.

Nick Kyrgios Wimbledon 2015 outfit

Last year quarterfinalist Nick Kyrgios will battle in the Nike Advantage Dri-FIT Polo. Adding to his look are the Nike Gladiator 9” Printed Shorts and the Nike Zoom Vapor Tour 9.5.

Nick Kyrgios Wimbledon outfit

Items from the summer 2015 NikeCourt collection, including apparel and footwear donned by other NikeCourt elite athletes, will be available at select Nike retailers and on nike.com/nikecourt beginning June 24.

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Roger Federer Wimbledon 2015 outfit

7-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer will don the Nike Premier RF Jacket when walking onto the court, the NikeCourt Tee and Nike Freestyle Shorts while practicing, and the NikeCourt Coaches Jacket between matches.

Roger Federer Wimbledon 2015 outfit

Roger Federer Wimbledon 2015 outfit

On court Federer will wear a classic Nike Premier RF Henley shirt with no collar and a no-sew placket designed for a clean look and zero distraction. Completing the look are the Nike Gladiator Premier 9” Shorts and the Nike Zoom Vapor Tour 9.5.

Roger Federer Wimbledon 2015 outfit

Roger Federer Wimbledon 2015 outfit

Roger Federer Wimbledon 2015 outfit

Items from the summer 2015 NikeCourt collection, including apparel and footwear donned by other NikeCourt elite athletes, will be available at select Nike retailers and on nike.com/nikecourt beginning June 24.

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Steffi Graf GrandSlam

Interview by Philippe Maria for l’Equipe, June 6, translation by Tennis Buzz.

Former world number one Steffi Graf, while on a visit to Paris, talks about her difficult year in 1988, when she completed the Grand Slam. An unmatched performance that Serena Williams could achieve this year.

Q: You are in Paris this weekend, did you spend some time at Roland Garros, do you still follow tennis news?

I follow results through various media, but with much hindsight. These last four days, for example, I was in Hamburg for my foundation and I haven’t followed what was going on in Paris.

Q: So we won’t see you playing the Legends tournament anytime soon.

No, I’m very busy elsewhere, and it would not be possible physically. I would have to prepare myself, and I don’t have the time nor the desire to do it.

Q: Back to 1988, how much do you remember about that year?

I especially remember the extreme fatigue I experienced in New York. I felt an expectation around me that was not mine, that became oppressive and simply kept me from focusing on my tournament. It was terrible.

Q: This Grand Slam or rather Golden Grand Slam, since you also won gold at the Seoul Olympics, was not a personal goal?

No! It was absolutely not a goal of mine to complete the Grand Slam. As with other things in life, I am someone who advances step by step. In fact, this notion of Grand Slam fell on me during the Wimbledon tournament. The media no longer stopped talking about that. And it reached its highest point in Flushing Meadows. It was absolutely terrible. Everyone was telling me about that, but I didn’t understand this expectation. You have to remember that I was only nineteen. I was literally exhausted!

Q: Even if you had not had a very difficult tournament to the final…

Yes, but in the final, Gabriela Sabatini gave me trouble and the end of the match was complicated. Mentally and physically, I was at breaking point. I remember that at the end of the match cramps began to arrive.

Q: The Grand Slam was not your personal quest. Nevertheless, what did you feel immediately after your success?

Relief. Immediately, I was not aware of the scope of this feat. After my victory? I could not enjoy. Of course, we did celebrate, but I was especially exhausted, and that lasted several days. I can’t say I was proud of what I had accomplished. I was relieved it was over.

Q: And you had to play the Olympics in Korea.

Yes, but I took a break after the US Open. I continued to work out but I hung up my racket. And finally, I loved these Olympic Games, I had a lot of fun. The atmosphere, the fact of finding myself in a team with all German athletes, it did me a world of good, even if the end of the tournament was tougher. It was refreshing.

Q: You end your year with a defeat in the semifinals at the Masters. This final false note was not too hard to digest?

Absolutely not. The season was over, and it was the most important. Today, players can take breaks in their season. We, we played all year. We stopped late November and we set off again for a new season at the end of December. It was really hard to bear.

Q: Twenty-seven years later, what is your opinion on this year like no other?

I find it incredible that I could cope with all that, with the pressure to complete the Golden Slam! It is the fulfillment of my career. Although I have never played for records or for the number one ranking, I think I can be satisfied with me.

Will Serena Williams complete the calendar Grand Slam this year?

  • Yes (80%, 33 Votes)
  • No (20%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 41

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Jennifer Capriati

By Bruce Schoenfeld, Tennis Magazine (November/December 2004)

At 28, Jennifer Capriati knows her days are numbered. Following a dramatic but disappointing run to the US Open semifinals, her hopes of another major victory now rest on the 2005 Australian Open.

Jennifer Capriati had been crying. Her red-rimmed eyes gave her away as she stepped into the interview room in Arthur Ashe stadium after her semifinal loss to Elena Dementieva at the US Open. Usually so calm, so cautious, so media-trained, she couldn’t help but offer a glimpse into her soul.

Who could blame her? It was all so unfair. She’d fought so hard against Serena Williams in the quarterfinals, doing what she had to do to win, only to have it undermined by that silly controversy about the umpire’s overrule. For two days, it was all she saw on television, the ball landing near the line and Serena striding toward the chair. Didn’t they have anything else to talk about? Lying in bed at night, she replayed the point over and over, like a bad song she couldn’t get out of her head. Then, against Dementieva, she had found herself a game away from finally reaching a US Open final after all these years. And wouldn’t you know it? The wind was swirling, the sun was in her eyes, and suddenly she was out of the Open again, facing a press conference like so many others.

She’d squandered her fist opportunity, in 1991, as a 15-year-old, losing a memorable semifinal match to Monica Seles in a third-set tiebreaker that would haunt Capriati for years. A decade later, in 2001, she reached another semifinal, this time losing to Venus Williams in straight sets. And then last year she’d served for the match in the semis against Justine Henin-Hardenne but couldn’t close it out. This year’s semifinal against Dementieva, who was floating seves of 60 mph and slower across the net, presented her best chance, and possibly her last.

“I was just thinking, Play the wind the best you can,” she murmured. “I guess I waited for her maybe to make a few more errors. I mean, I can’t really…” She trailed off. “I don’t know.”

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