2022 Wimbledon: Team Yonex leaves with a “proud” sentiment

Nick Kyrgios

LONDON – “Proud,” said Elena Rybakina, when asked what her parents would think of her first Grand Slam title.

Rybakina defeated World No. 2 Ons Jabeur in three sets to lift the Ladies' Singles Wimbledon trophy, the 23-year-old’s third professional title.

“Proud,” said Nick Kyrgios, when asked about his first major final appearance.

Unseeded, Kyrgios made a surprise run to the finals, where he lost in four sets to now 21-time Grand Slam Champion Novak Djokovic. It was Kyrgios best performance in a major, and his best major run since reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in 2015.

Kyrgios was 7-2 on grass this season, his favorite surface. Despite being unseeded and ranked 40 in the world, Kyrgios was deemed “dangerous” to begin the tournament.

Although he was coming into Wimbledon with momentum, it wasn’t going to be easy. Kyrgios narrowly escaped defeat in his first-round match against British wildcard Paul Jubb, winning 7-5 in the fifth. He needed four sets to upset [4] Stefanos Tsitsipas and then five sets again in his next match against Brandon Nakashima.

He spent just over two hours on court between Tuesday and Sunday’s final with a straight-set victory over Cristian Garin in the quarterfinals and walkover from [2] Rafael Nadal to advance to the finals.

Kyrgios got out to a quick start, capturing the first set in the championship match. He kept the pressure on, but Djokovic proved why he is one of the greatest of all time, staying “composed” throughout the ups and downs, winning the next three sets to take the title.

“It's taken me 10 years, almost 10 years in my career to finally get to the point of playing for a Grand Slam,” said Kyrgios. “I felt like I belonged.”


TEAM YONEX CHAMPIONS

Girls’ Singles: [1] Liv Hovde (USA) def. Luca Udvardy (HUN), 6-3, 6-4

  • Hovde is a perfect 12-0 on grass in her career, winning the Grade 1 junior event in Roehampton then winning Wimbledon a week later
  • Hovde saved a match point in the third round, thanks to a Hawk Eye challenge overrule
  • Udvardy is the first Hungarian junior to ever reach the girls’ singles final at Wimbledon

Men’s Wheelchair Singles: [1] Shingo Kunieda def. Alfie Hewett, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6

  • Kunieda became the first-ever men’s wheelchair singles player to complete the Career Grand Slam
  • Kunieda currently holds all four major slams, winning the last four singles titles

Men’s Wheelchair Doubles: [2] Shingo Kunieda / Gustavo Fernandez def. [1] Alfie Hewett / Gordon Reid, 6-3, 6-1

  • Kunieda / Fernandez were nearly flawless – they combined for a 82% first serve percentage and converted on 5 of 6 breakpoints; the pair had just 1 unforced error the entire match
  • It is Kunieda’s 22nd doubles title (50th overall) and Fernandez’s 3rd doubles title (5th overall)

Women’s Wheelchair Singles: [1] Diede de Groot def. Yui Kamiji, 6-4, 6-2

  • De Groot won her 15th women’s wheelchair singles Grand Slam, her 8th in a row
  • De Groot has not lost since January 2021, 55-straight wins

Elena Rybakina
Shingo Kunieda
Diede de Groot

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