Breakfast at Wimbledon

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2012 Olympics Men’s Tennis medalists. In 2014 Wimbledon, only Federer remains.

The 4th of July here in the States, where I live, has for me always gone hand in glove with something so very British….

I do not refer to the Revolution, to Washington and King George, to Yorktown……No, it’s Wimbledon that is on my mind!!!

Growing up in the late 70’s there were many, many “Fourths’ which I spent in front of the television, with a bowl of cereal, watching some tennis greats in either the semi-finals or finals of the tournament:  Borg, McEnroe, Evert, Navratilova, Connors, Vilas…..and later Becker, Graff, Seles, Wilander, Edberg…..When my friends and I would later go to the public courts to play in those holiday afternoons, we’d imitate the serve and volley style we had just watched, using the contemporary technology of wood or aluminum rackets!  What great memories!

On this holiday, with the men’s first semi-final already begun, I will be brief.  It’s time to get out those Froot Loops and find out if Djokovic and Federer will book their ticket to an epic men’s final; to see if youth will be served:  might Dmitrov or Raonic win it all?  For that matter, will Eugenie Bouchard or Milos Raonic bring home a Wimbledon trophy to Canada?

During the bathroom breaks on court, you may want to hone your own sports medicine tennis knowledge.  I’d encourage you to take a look at the excellent epidemiologic study on tennis injuries treated in U.S. emergency departments, written by a group including the senior author, a frequent contributor to CJSM, and my colleague at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Dr. Gary A. Smith.  Or you may want to catch up on our most recent podcast, a conversation with Dr. William Meehan on the relative safety of Chiari malformations in athletes.  And by all means, take a peek at the July 2014 issue of the journal, with the headlining article on cardiovascular screening practices of U.S. team physicians.

If you reside in the USA:  happy Independence Day.  And for all our other friends and colleagues around the globe, may you have a safe, active, and happy weekend.  Enjoy Wimbledon, enjoy the World Cup, and enjoy your own sporting activity!

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About sportingjim
I work at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio USA, where I am a specialist in pediatric sports medicine. My academic appointment as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics is through Ohio State University. I am a public health advocate for kids' health and safety. I am also the Emerging Media Editor for the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine.

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