The Five Greatest Tennis Players (and wines) of all time?





Few things are more synonymous with an English summer than Wimbledon. One of the greatest (and the oldest!) tennis championships in the world, it is one of those things (along with fish and chips, a cup of tea and the Royal Family) that are so quintessentially British. We’ve paired the five greatest (in our humble opinion) tennis players with their match in wine, because it’s time to get excited about Wimbledon!


        5.    The player: Andy Murray
               The wine: Piper-Heidsieck Brut NV with cool box
 
We may be a little biased here, but post-Queen’s domination and victory, the British favourite Murray is looking better than ever. I’m convinced that this is the year when Murray will lift that trophy again, and there’s nowhere more apt than Wimbledon to celebrate with Champagne and strawberries (we were going to choose an English wine, but we thought that Murray wouldn’t particularly enjoy that reference). This delicious champagne even comes with a cool box so you don’t have to dash off to the fridge (missing key points!) to fill up your glass. Cheers Murray!
 
 Image by Sharon Mollerus

 
          4.    The player: Novak Djokovic
               The wine: Domaine Vacheron Sancerre 2013
 
With a killer backhand and an acidic return of serve, the man of the moment, Djokovic, is paired with Domaine Vacheron’s Sancerre. Crisp, classic and very versatile, both are classics that will win time and time again (although Wimbledon’s trophy has Murray’s name written all over it this year, okay Djokovic?).
 
 
 
         3.   The player: Serena Williams
               The wine: Portillo Malbec 2014

Serena Williams – there’s no one else quite like her on the circuit at the moment. A powerhouse, she is strong, fiercely competitive and is seemingly unstoppable. This multi-award winning Malbec has a wonderfully long finish and its fruity style is counterbalanced with peppery spice and cloves: an excellent example of the Argentine Malbec that has taken the wine world by storm.
 
Mendoza, Argentina by xxxx
 

         2.    The player: Roger Federer
                The wine: Jean Claude Boisset Saint-Véran 2012
 
The man who has dominated the tennis circuit time and time again since he first won Wimbledon in 2003. He’s smooth operator on and off the court: no one quite beats Federer for class. Buttery, smooth and aromatic, this White Burgundy oozes sophistication and character and perfectly matches Federer’s effortless style.
 
 Wimbledon. Image by Miranda Wood

         1.    The player: Steffi Graf
                The wine: Château Lamothe-Cissac Vieilles Vignes Cru Bourgeois Haut-Médoc 2008
 
Fräulein Forehand” is known as one of the best, if not the best female tennis players of all time. Her consistency and style means there was only ever one wine for her: Bordeaux. This Lamothe-Cissac, produced only in years of perfect conditions and weather, is sophisticated and complex, illustrating why Bordeaux, and Graf, will always retain their enduring appeal and reputation for excellence.
 
 
Main blog image by Tristam Biggs
 


 
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Written by: Lucy Prosser

Lucy Prosser 

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