Wimbledon 2004 – Opening Day

Amid all the hullaboo of the Euro, 2004 championship, the Wimbledon 2004 started off on a quiet and a rather wet note. Most of the 1st day proceedings were interrupted by rain. But between all this, sun shone brightly on 2 very different types of people.

One, a champion in her own right, a person who has probably won almost all Tennis titles in her glittering career – Martina Navratilova. She is once again playing singles tennis at 47 after a gap of 10 years and well, she won her first game yesterday quite comfortably : 6-0, 6-1. Her Colombian opponent was just left wondering what hit her ! Truly, this champion is indeed like old wine – she seems to be getting better with age.

The second person to make a mark on the opening day was Goran Ivansivec, who has won only 1 grand slam in his life and that was on the Center Courts of Wimbledon in 2001. His career was been dogged with controveries and injuries. In spite of that, he is very much loved at Wimbledon, because of the character that he is. He adds a human element to tennis. Anyway, coming back after a long layoff, he coolly disposed off the 31st seed of the tournament and went back to his hotel room to watch the Euro cup between England and Croatia.

These people have shown that form may be temporary … but class is permanent !

Adios Amigos !