Serena and Federer enjoy the Wimbledon Champions party
Mon, 09 Jul 2012 4:31p.m.
Roger Federer and Serena Williams were the guests of honour at the Wimbledon Champions Party at the Intercontinental Hotel, Park Lane in London.
Federer, who had beaten Andy Murray to win his seventh Wimbledon crown just hours earlier, will be named the world number one for the third time in his career. It will be the Swiss' 287th week at the top of the rankings, a new record as it is one more week than the former American tennis player Pete Sampras.
The 30-year-old's seventh Wimbledon trophy was also his 17th grand slam title, which is three more than Sampras and six more than his closest rival who is still playing; Spain's Rafael Nadal.
Serena, meanwhile, won her fifth Wimbledon singles title and her fifth doubles title with her sister Venus.
It was her 14th singles grand slam title and silenced a lot of critics who doubted the American would ever be able to win a major again after her first-round defeat in last month's French Open.
Williams' serve was devastating throughout the tournament with the 30-year-old twice setting a new women's record for aces served at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club. Williams served a total of 102 aces on her way to winning the title; she broke the record in the third round when she hit 23 aces past China's Zheng Jie and then in her semi-final against Victoria Azarenka Williams went one better by serving 24.
Also in attendance at the party was Great Britain's Jonathan Marray who won the men's doubles title with Danish partner Frederik Nielsen.
It was the first time a Brit had won the men's doubles at Wimbledon in 76 years. As for Nielsen it was the first time a Dane had made a senior final since his grandfather, Kurt Nielsen, was the runner-up in the men's singles in 1955.
The boy's doubles champions Nick Krygio and Andrew Harris also enjoyed the party along with the boy's singles runner-up and number one seed, Luke Saville.
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