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Monday Mashup

Stuart Barefoot

p888309698-3p888309698-3 For tennis fans it was a fantastic weekend. If you live in the Winston area, hopefully you were able to join us for Breakfast at Wimbledon.It was a great turnout and a really fun event. How often do you get to watch sports on a giant movie screen? On top of that, the weather is supposed to be tolerable this week, so maybe you can enjoy the outdoors since you've been cooped up indoors watching Tennis for the last two weeks. Here is this week's Monday Mashup.
Roger Federer has won his seventh Wimbledon championship. The Swiss phenom beat Great Britan's Andy Murray, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 to notch the title. Now that he has won seven, that is good enough to tie Pete Sampras for the most all time at the All England Club. Even though he accomplished a very impressive feat (to say the very least,) Federer says he does not believe he is the greatest player ever. You're far too modest Mr. Federer. 
On the Women's side Serena Williams won her fifth Wimbledon title. The former top ranked American needed three sets to finish off Agniezska Radwanksa, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2. She also went on to win the Doubles championship with her sister, Venus, marking the fifth time the sisters have done that. So all in all, not a bad weekend for the Williams family. 
A lot was made of the fact that Murray could be the first male British player to win at Wimbledon since 1936. Obviously that didn't happen (see paragraph 2.) Jonathan Marray, a British player, won the doubles title along with Fredrik Nielsen from Denmark took down 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-7 against Robert Lindstedt of Sweden, and Horia Tecasu from Romania. It had been 76 years since a British player had won a doubles title at Wimbledon. Even though he made history this past weekend, he won't be playing in the Olympics. 
Emotions were running high after both the men's and women's finals this weekend. Murray gave a tearful speech after losing,g and though few people outside of the United Kingdom were cheering for him, you couldn't help but feel some respect for the guy. Federer's speech was good too, which is not surprising as hes has given seven of them now. Williams was emotional after hers as well. After all of these emotions and tears, and lumps in people's throats, Tom Hanks was probably at home yelling at his television. "Are you crying? There's no crying in tennis!!"
There are exciting things happening at the Winston-Salem Open this week. Andy Roddick will be paying a visit tomorrow, and we are expecting many players to sign up. A huge week here for us for sure, so keep checking our home website for updates. 
That should take care of your Monday Mashup. Enjoy the first humane weather we've had in a while, and let's hope it stays this way come August when we experience what is sure to be a great tournament here in the Triad.

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