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Jumping for joy (or dancing, saluting, or shirt-swapping)

Mikhail Youzhny celebrates after defeating Vicktor Troicki.
by William Denny
Thursday 4 July 2013

Tennis is not usually a sport known for having wild and exuberant post-match celebrations. This year however, we've seen some that mirror some of the stranger results at SW19.

Week One of The Championships and most noticeably ‘Whacky Wednesday’ will be remembered as the day when seemingly no player could last a match without slipping over. Maria Sharapova claimed that she had “never fallen that many times in a match before” following her second round defeat to Michelle Larcher De Brito. Those players that fell to defeat in week one can now see the likes of Sabine Lisicki and Juan Martin Del Potro collapsing to the ground in joy as they progress through the second week.

Lukasz Kubot has endeared himself to spectators during the Fortnight for a number of reasons. His miraculous run to the quarter-finals caught the eye of many before he was eventually knocked out by his Polish compatriot Jerzy Janowicz. However, Kubot may be best remembered for the way that he has thrilled audiences in every round with an all-kicking dance routine, which has since been referred to as the ‘Pole Dance’ and the ‘Ku-bot’.

Mikhail Youzhny has adopted an unusual celebration for his winning performances whereby he places his racket on top of his head whilst saluting the crowd. Youzhny claims he does it to “just say thanks to the people”.

Arguably one of the most touching moments of The Championships' history occurred when opponents for the day and close friends Lukasz Kubot and Jerzy Janowicz hugged and swapped shirts after their match. The spontaneous act between the players almost eclipsed the match itself as it showed two friends who were just happy to share the experience of a Wimbledon quarter-final together.

Who could forget the second round match between Lleyton Hewitt and Dustin Brown, where the 28-year-old German burst into tears as he beat the former world No.1 and Wimbledon Champion. The player nicknamed ‘Dreddy’ was unable to hold back his emotions as he beat one of the sport’s greats in four sets.

Following her quick-fire, straight-sets victory over Kirsten Flipkens in the semi-finals, Marion Bartoli took a radical twist on Steve Darcis’ opening day celebration as she lay flat on her back whilst her legs were tucked in underneath her body – something her coach was thrilled about I’m sure.

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