(July 10, 2022) Novak Djokovic and Elena Rybakina claimed the 2022 Wimbledon singles titles on Saturday and Sunday, respectively at the All England Club in Southwest London.
For No. 1 seed Djokovic it was his 7th Wimbledon titles and 21st major title putting in second place on the all time list, following Rafael Nadal with 22. Djokovic came back against unseeded Nick Kyrgios in the final to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 7-6 (3).
“The more you win, it’s logical the more confident, the more comfortable you feel out there every next time you step out on the court,” said the35-year-old man from Serbia.
“It’s weird. I felt like he didn’t do anything amazing today,” said the 27-year-old Aussie Kyrgios.
“But he was just so composed. That’s what I was just thinking to myself. In big moments, it just felt like he was never rattled. I feel like that’s his greatest strength: He just never looks rattled.”
At this point in time Djokovic, who is not vaccinated for Covid will not be allowed to play the US Open because foreign visitors to the US must be vaccinated.
Elena Rybakina, the 17th seed won the Ladies’ title on Saturday rallying past Ons Jabeur 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 to win her first major title. Although she represents Kazakhstan, she was born and raised in Moscow, Russia where she still lives. Players from Russia and Belarus were prohibited from participating at Wimbledon due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The ATP and WTA tours reacted to the All- England Club by revoking all ranking points from Wimbledon.
The Russian Tennis Federation has already claimed credit for 23-year-old’s victory.
This marked Rybakina’s third career title on the WTA Tour.
“Ons, she played well,” noted the champion. “I needed time to adjust to her game. But then after I thought that I’m going to fight till the end no matter what.”
” Just tried to focus on every point because it was very tough.”
“I’m really happy that I’m trying to inspire many generations; I hope you’re listening,” the 27-year-old Tunisian finalist said during the trophy ceremony.
Jabeur was trying to become the first Arab woman to win a major titles and the first African woman to win one during the Open Era.
As a result of the tours revoking the ranking points, Djokovic who won the men’s title will fall to No. 7 in the rankings on Monday.