My European trip has U.K. bookends and it looks like a great weekend at The Open

Sitting at my desk watching the best tennis tournament in the world with the traditional strawberries and cream!

Sitting at my desk watching the best tennis tournament in the world with the traditional strawberries and cream!

Sorry for the late post on my extremely busy and whirlwind trip but better late than never, right?

Wimbledon was my first stop on July 4 and it ended that Sunday with one of the most special wins in tennis history as Andy Murray became the first Brit (from Scotland) to win at the All-England Club in 77 years.

I asked Murray after he beat world #1 Novak Djokovic about how special it was to be THE guy to finally break the local spell? And you’ll hear that along with Djokovic’s response to my asking him if this loss was a little easier to swallow considering what his friend in Murray was able to accomplish?

Andy Murray championship newser:
Andy Murray Wimbledon championship newser with Sobel et al

Novak Djokovic runner up newser:
Novak Djokovic with Sobel et al after losing the finals at Wimbledon

Meanwhile on Women’s Championship Saturday it was a most unlikely finals matchup with Marion Bartoli dominating Sabine Lisicki in straight sets. Lisicki was the one who disposed of heavy favorite Serena Williams a few days earlier so that set up this match of 2 very feisty and grand slam capables with Bartoli using her previous Wimbledon finals experience to perfection. She happens to be one of my favorites on tour the past several years as their is no better battler on the court than her. I also specifically asked to do a phone interview a few years back in the last WTA Tour event held in L.A. in Carson and she was great to talk with. I remember telling the listeners that she was a great candidate to win a grand slam one day and it finally happened against a surprisingly nervous opponent. And Marion smiled from London to Malibu when I told her about that afterward.

Marion Bartoli championship newser:
Marion Bartoli with Sobel et al after winning Wimbledon short version

Lisicki talking with us after happier times when winning the semi's.

Lisicki talking with us after happier times when winning the semi’s.


Sabine Lisicki runner up newser:
Sabine Lisicki with Sobel et al after losing Wimbledon finals starts out answering my question of how much nerves affected her match and was she surprised to be so nervous

And then after the Men’s finals on Sunday I waited for a special doubles championship with Bob and Mike Bryan earning the Bryan Slam holding all 4 major trophies at the same time and throw in an Olympic gold medal and you have a true ‘Twin Killing’!

Bob and Mike Bryan championship newser:
Bob and Mike Bryan from Camarillo with Sobel et al after winning 3rd doubles title at Wimbledon

With Fred Perry who's finally able to relax at Wimbledon

With Fred Perry who’s finally able to relax at Wimbledon

And that ended my 3rd trip covering Wimbledon in the past 4 years and it was special to be part of as old ‘Henman Hill’ will likely be known as ‘Murray Mound’ from now on and the Fred Perry statue of the last Brit to win the men’s singles here can now go back to just welcoming birds to sit on him without the entire U.K. wondering if they’d live long enough to see another local champion!

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