The Championships are over for another year, and although two past champions were re-crowned, we still witnessed a record-breaking year at Wimbledon.
The men’s side of the draw featured the first Final without Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic since 2002, with Andy Murray triumphing over first time Grand Slam finalist Milos Raonic.
Raonic was also the first North American male to feature in a Slam Final since Andy Roddick at this event in 2009.
On the women’s side, Serena Williams reminded everyone that she is one of the greatest female athletes of all-time, equalling Steffi Graf’s record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles.
She lifted the trophy over Angelique Kerber, avenging her loss to the German in the Australian Open Final at the start of the year.
Here are five other takeaways from the 130th contesting of the greatest Slam of them all.
Andy Murray is back
When Andy Murray reunited with former coach Ivan Lendl, the tennis world wondered if we were about to see the Scot return to the heights Lendl helped him to last time they were paired.
Although we did not get the Novak Djokovic-Andy Murray rematch we had all hoped we would, we were treated to some of the better tennis Murray has played since the last time he was coached by Ivan Lendl.
Andy now boasts two titles from two starts with Lendl in his box, and it is fair to say that the great tennis player we have known Murray to be is returning, sans the mental demons that for so long had conquered him.
Milos Raonic vindicates his year
Although his career high ranking of 4 dates back to 2015, Milos Raonic is certainly enjoying a breakout year in 2016, and going into The Championships he would’ve been keen to at least make his first Grand Slam Final this year.
He did, and he has now enjoyed a career best performance at two of the three Slams this year, needing to only make the second week of the tournament at the US Open to achieve a pb there also.
But the big serving Canadian will not be looking for any PBs. Considering his semi-final victory over Roger Federer just last week, he is a vein of form that renders him a big chance to win at Flushing Meadows.
Angelique Kerber will win another Grand Slam in the next 12 months
Now entering her athletic prime, Angelique Kerber has this year shown herself to be more than just a competitor or a Grand Slam speed hump.
She has announced herself as a fully-fledged contender, winning the Aussie Open and reaching the Final in south London, both against Serena Williams.
Given the steady decline of Serena, coupled with the fairly open women’s draw, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Kerber add another Slam to her trophy cabinet over the next 12 months.
Tomas Berdych may never reach his potential
Tomas Berdych has made the semi-finals at every Grand Slam, and even the Final at Wimbledon, but despite his near perfect all court game, has still failed to win one.
While there is no shame in this, considering the era of tennis in which he competes, the fact that he is one of three men to defeat all of the big four in a Slam means he should have won at least one by now.
At age 30, and currently heading the wrong way down the rankings, it may be that the big Czech never takes out one of four of tennis’ top prizes on offer, which would be a pity considering his immense talent.
Is Serena Williams the greatest female of the Open Era?
After three attempts to draw level with Steffi Graf’s record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles in the Open Era, many are now keen to crown Serena Williams the greatest tennis player to ever live.
Without disrespect to Serena, I would not be so quick with that. Despite the many more titles on offer in Graf’s era, she still won 36 more than Williams has now. Despite four Slams less, Martina Navratilova has won almost 100 more titles than Serena has now.
Hell, once we go back past the Open Era, both Margaret Court and Chris Evert come into play – and this is just the women.
Serena Williams is no doubt one of the greats of world sport, not just tennis. The greatest of her profession, though? I guess that’s for you to decide.