| Wimbledon 1994-1995 |

sampras_wimby_champion1994.95Two years that established an order in the Temple of Tennis for the upcoming years: two-time former champion, Stefan Edberg wasn’t a threat anymore – the Swede who hadn’t lost at Wimbledon earlier than in the quarterfinals between 1987 & 1993, during the 1994-95 editions was ousted as early as second round, and what worse for him, by players with a little grass-court experience; Michael Stich, whose game-style perfectly suited to grass-courts wasn’t able to emulate his 1991 success, and lost twice in the first round – in straight setters on both occasions! Goran Ivanisevic seemed unbreakable serving ace after ace, but couldn’t win the big points when it mattered the most; finally a three-time former champion, Boris Becker was still dangerous, but aging, and exhausted at the end of tournaments after grueling battles when he came back from 2:4 in the deciding sets (Medvedev ’94; Pioline ’95). Under those circumstances, Pete Sampras became the King of Grass. In the years 1994-95, just like in 1993 when he’d triumphed for the first time, he wasn’t seriously threaten even once, albeit had to elevate his concentration to the highest level to outsmart Ivanisevic twice. The 1995 tournament delivered a bizarre series of occurrences featuring Jeff Tarango‘s presence. The American witnessed at close range the first Open era disqualification at Wimbledon when Tim Henman hit firmly a ball-girl in her head with a ball during a doubles match, on the next day Tarango was defaulted himself in an unprecedented fashion.  Read more…
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