September 1, 2023
Wimbledon has many reasons to love the Spanish.
Wimbledon has enjoyed a love affair with the Spanish for many decades. And now we have taken a new adopted Spanish son to our hearts. Carlos Alcaraz has captured the imagination ever since his extraordinary victory over Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon 2023.
We can’t wait to welcome reigning champion “Carlitos” back to the All England Club, along with all his enthusiastic followers! We fully expect Alcaraz to set Wimbledon 2024 alight with his brilliance and his fun-loving approach to our beautiful sport.
This time last year we suggested on this page that a deep run and a Wimbledon triumph was just around the corner for “Carlitos.” Perhaps even we didn’t expect glory to come quite so quickly! The good news is that now we have years to enjoy this wonderful young phenomenon in the final stages at Wimbledon. To witness the speed and skill of Alcaraz up close is the experience of a lifetime.
Will the great Rafael Nadal return to Wimbledon one last time? If his body allows, we anticipate the emotional sight of Nadal at Wimbledon 2024, saying goodbye to the spiritual home of tennis with a final deep run, before his well-deserved retirement. We will never stop appreciating what Nadal has given Wimbledon, including what was arguably the greatest ever final, his victory over Roger Federer in 2008.
Has Wimbledon’s love affair with Spain ever been more intense? You even trained our own champion, Andy Murray in Barcelona, and therefore helped him conquer the world. As with Nadal, Wimbledon 2024 could provide Murray with his last chance to enjoy the historic Centre Court stage.
Muguruza and Badosa
The Anglo-Spanish alliance isn’t just about the men. At Wimbledon we have marvelled at the rise and success of Spanish women too. Garbine Muguruza, the brilliant Spanish-Venezualan, already knows that winning Wimbledon feeling. She displayed awesome power to defeat the great Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0 in the 2017 Wimbledon final. There’s no reason why Muguruza couldn’t reach a third Wimbledon singles final if she decides to return to our beloved sport in the near future.
Another statuesque Spanish lady, Paula Badosa might have even more chance of Wimbledon success going forward. Although injury made 2023 difficult for her, we have long felt that Badosa is capable of great things at Wimbledon. Perhaps as famous in 2023 for her romance with tennis superstar Stefano Tsitsipas, we tip Badosa to come back strong on court at Wimbledon 2024. And let’s not forget Spain’s highly-rated Sara Sorribes Tormo, who reached the Wimbledon women’s doubles semi-final in 2023.
Thank you Spain – and welcome once more at Wimbledon 2024!