Before I was ever a tennis fan in general, and long before I actually watched ESPN year-round with pleasure, I was an annual Wimbledon watcher. It tended to fall during the part of the summer that I would be in the UK visiting my grandparents, and I was just a train stop or two away from the hallowed grounds of the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Lately I've been just a few extra thousand miles removed geographically, but in spirit I'm right there with the strawberries and cream.
And this year, once again, my heart belongs to Andy Roddick. He was an upstart with a rocket serve just as I was transitioning from a summertime fan to a true tennis lover. And like your first favorite pop star, you always hold a soft spot in your heart for the first player you root for. Andy's made it to the finals three times, losing each time to Roger Federer. The last time was the hardest, with five long sets and several moments when he was just inches away from the title. I can barely think about that match without getting a little teary, I can't imagine how Andy feels.
Even so, Wimbledon has always been a favorite for him, as it is for many players. Here's a video of him talking about the tournament for SAP:
And never underestimate the magic of the Wimbledon grass...