1) The colour grass The traditional colour symbol for royalty is purple. We believe this absolutely ludicrous - that colour should be green. Or perhaps, its the grass. There is an aristocratic air to grass. Perhaps, it is due to the fact that sports typically associated with the aristocracy or anyone of top-tier social tennis are played on grass. Think the sports of cricket, polo, golf and even tennis - to name a few. We believe the answer is a much more complex one. The grass tennis court surface is the only organic one, it gives off a sense of freshness and crispness. There is also a symbolic element to the decay of the grass as the tournament progresses (we are referring to the 'yellowing-out of the green on Wimbledon's courts). The immaculate state of the lawn at the championship's start parallels the fresh state of the players (who are usually at the peak of their 'physical tank'). The wearing of the grass parallels the accumulated strain put on the players as the championship progresses.
2) The sound of the balls This may seem slightly odd to most, but the sound of tennis balls being hit is best at Wimbledon among the 4 grand slams. The sounds of the balls in the other 3 tennis courts are not very distinguishable from each other, really. They are too mellow, too shallow, to inspire any sense of awe in the spectator. As a result less of the attention of the spectator is being captured by each point - he cannot really in the moment, as the points played, and time itself, seems rather immediate. In Wimbledon, everything slows down. No doubt the grandeur of the entire setting contributes to this effect, but it is unique sound of the Slazenger balls being hit that is the most significant reason for such. There is a momentous 'phuck', which given its audible depth, captures the spectator's attention fully and ensures that every second is weighed down with a certain indescribable feeling of momentousness. This effect is further amplified whenever the roof of Centre Court is closed.
3) Federer To keep the explanation at its shortest - it is the power of association. No grand slam is more closely associated with any one professional tennis player than Wimbledon, and for some non-coincidental reasons (a subject worthy of another full-length blog article) the player associated with Wimbledon is no other than the greatest (and classiest) ever tennis player in the history of the sport. It is interesting though, when one ponders why the inseparable association of Wimbledon with Federer. Is it due to the fact that Federer has won so many times this tournament? We do not believe in such an answer, for if my memory does not fail me, such Federer-Wimbledon association begain in 2005 when Federer only had 3 Wimbledon titles. There were other players who won more Wimbledon titles - take Borg who won 5 and Sampras who won 7, yet we still will not think that either of them is Wimbledon. Is it due to Federer's elegance matching that of Wimbledon's? With this, we get much closer to the truth, but we still think it is not the complete answer. What is it, really?
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