Who is the current king and queen of grass-court tennis? Well, it must be Matteo Berrettini on the ATP and Beatriz Haddad Maia on the WTA.
Grass court tennis is a pretty specific form of tennis: low bounces, fast-paced, shorter points, some slipping and sliding, and bad bounces. Having big serve backed by some weapons helps a lot. Just ask Beatriz Haddad Maia and Matteo Berrettini, the current king and queen of grass. They have both won their last two grass-court tournaments and Berrettini is on an impressive record of 20 won matches out of 21 (lost to Djokovic in the 2021 Wimbledon final) and 32-6 in total on the surface.
Berrettini won Queens ATP, defending the title straight after winning Stuttgart. Pretty impressive coming back from an injury.
“There are so many emotions,” Berrettini said during the trophy ceremony. “The last thing I expected was to come back from surgery and win two titles in a row, defend my title here at one of the most prestigious tournaments we have. I don’t want to cry. Most of the job is thanks to them, my team and my family. I just can’t believe it.”
“I arrived in Stuttgart and was not feeling great,” Berrettini said. “I was not hitting the ball how I wanted and I was like ‘Guys, I think it is going to be tough’. But it has gone pretty well!”
The current Queen of Grass Court tennis, Beatrice Haddad Maia from Brazil, has won two titles in a row after defeating Alison Riske in Nottingham and Shuai Zhang in Birmingham.
Haddad Maia plays an aggressive style that suits the grass court and is a threat to any player on the surface. She is ranked 32 in the world, but with her current form, should be talked about among the favorites for Wimbledon.
Talking about favorites, Serena Williams has announced that she will play the tournament after a long time away from the tour, so you can never count her out, but otherwise the field feels rather open with world number one Swiatek being less comfortable on grass and Naomi Osaka being injured. One should keep Ons Jabeur in the mix, however, who won the Bett1Open in Berlin.
Who do you think will win Wimbledon for the men’s and the women’s?