Now that the long and grueling clay court season, owned by one man, is done, we’ve now entered not only the midpoint of the season but for some tennis purists the only part of the season that matters. And although it’s probably premature to start analyzing the recent early exits by top seeds at the Queen’s Club event while Roger Federer cruises to what looks like another trophy at Halle, it’s probably more fascinating to try and analyze why this time of year, always so brief and almost overdrenched with tradition, becomes the focal point of the entire sport each year.
It’s not necessarily that the best tennis all year is played on grass, but the fact that more people, especially those who don’t follow the sport on a regular basis, follow Wimbledon than any other tennis tournament amplifies the results regardless of the quality of play. That’s what makes it and the grass court season such a dichotomy.
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