Was this the craziest day in Grand Slam tennis history?

A. Isaac Senior Editor

Roger Federer loses 640x363 Was this the craziest day in Grand Slam tennis history?


The lawn of the All-England Club was red today drenched in the blood of former champions. Tennis analyst Pam Shriver summed it up best: “It was literally the most stunning day of tennis I have ever seen.”

In all, seven players who had been ranked #1 at some point in their career took the court Wednesday. They all lost. Seven players withdrew or retired from their match because of injury. Among them, John Isner, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Victoria Azarenka. Former world #1 Caroline Wozniacki lost. Former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic lost. Former Wimbledon champ LLeyton Hewitt also lost.

And that’s not even the worst of it.

Seven-time Wimbledon champ Roger Federer fell to 116th ranked Sergiy Stakhovsky. The loss snapped Federer’s streak of 36 straight Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances. It was his first loss to a player outside the top 100 since 2005. For Stakhovsky, it was his first win against a top-10 opponent.

The loss was so stunning that Patrick McEnroe completely lost his mind on Twitter.

But that’s not all. Third seeded Maria Sharapova lost to Michelle Larcher de Brito, a woman who hadn’t won a WTA match in over a year.

Wednesday July 26th will be forever be known as Wimbledon’s Red Wedding.


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