Djokovic heads the HEAD Champions at Wimbledon
Novak Djokovic’s 21st Grand Slam singles title and Barbora Krejickova’s fifth major women’s doubles success concluded another superb Wimbledon for players endorsing HEAD rackets.
Djokovic, who endorses the Speed range, beat Nick Kyrgios in four sets to claim his seventh Wimbledon title. It means Djokovic has now gone four Wimbledons unbeaten in five years (the tournament was not staged in 2020), leaving him 28 matches without defeat, and even his last defeat was a mid-match withdrawal due to an elbow injury.
He has now equalled Pete Sampras’s mark of seven Wimbledon titles, just one short of Roger Federer’s record of eight and Rafal Nadal’s record of 22 Grand Slam titles.
Krejcikova, who recommends rackets from the Extreme range, continued her remarkable pairing with her partner from childhood days, Katerina Siniakova. Their straight sets win in a final involving the top two pairs in women’s doubles means they now have two Wimbledon titles, two Roland Garros titles, and an Australian Open, plus the Olympic doubles gold medal they won last year.
Krejcikova was also last year’s Roland Garros singles champion and has won three mixed doubles majors.
Another HEAD ambassador, Matt Ebden, emerged as men’s doubles champion alongside Max Purcell. The two had finished runners-up in Australia in January, but beat the defending champions Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic on a 10-2 final set tiebreak to take the Wimbledon title in four hours 11 minutes.
And Neal Skupski, who endorses the Prestige racket, had a share in the mixed doubles title, he and Desirae Krawczyk retaining the trophy they won at Wimbledon last year. In the final they beat Ebden and Sam Stosur to deny Ebden two titles.
There was also success for HEAD in the wheelchair championships. Sam Schroder beat Niels Vink in the quad singles final, and then teamed up with his fellow Dutchman to win the quad doubles event.
The tournament could have been even better for HEAD players, but for a run of bad luck. With the women’s defending champion Ash Barty having retired and world No 2 Alexander Zverev unable to play because of the ankle injury he sustained in the Paris semi-finals, last year’s men’s singles runner-up Matteo Berrettini succumbed to Covid on the first day of the tournament and had to withdraw, along with another HEAD ambassador Marin Cilic. Against that background, it was a phenomenally successful tournament for the Austrian racket manufacturer.