Wimbledon 2015 saw a sweltering heatwave with record temperatures, repeat winners in the men's and women's finals, and some new faces who will surely go on to become household names over the next few years. Here are some of the highlights of the world's most popular tennis tournament:
Dustin Brown became a household name
The Jamaican-German player came to prominence at Wimbledon 2015 and quickly won over legions of fans. Due to his instantly recognizable dreadlocks and habit of wearing necklaces and earrings around Wimbledon, he stood out wherever he played. He sailed through the qualifying rounds without dropping a single set, and marked himself out as one to watch. He beat Yen-hsun Lu in the first round, then made headlines when he knocked out 10th seed and previous champion Rafael Nadal in the second round. Brown took down the former world number one in four sets in an incredibly exciting classic Wimbledon match that is sure to go down in history. Sadly, though, for Brown and his fans, he didn't make it any further in the competition, and went out to Victor Troicki in the next round in a four set match.
Centre court sizzled
With the country in the midst of a heatwave, the Wimbledon of 2015 will go down as one of the hottest ever. Record temperatures were witnessed on centre court, with the glare of the sun and lack of breeze in the first week in particular, making spectating an unpleasant experience for many ticket holders. While the special guests in the royal box were considered worthy of protection from the relentless sun, and the sliding roof was partially closed to provide them with shade, the rest of the court's spectators were left to burn. Wimbledon staff were sent out around the grounds offering bottles of cold water to anyone who looked as though they were suffering in the heat. Henman Hill was busier than ever as the crowds made their way to the grassed area in search of a cooling breeze and a cold drink, and to escape the stifling conditions of the courts.
Britain's Heather Watson met five-time winner Serena Williams
Heather Watson started the tournament with high hopes of success, but was taken to three sets in her opening game against Caroline Garcia of France. After losing the first set 6-1, many feared Watson wouldn't make it any further in the competition and she looked to be on her way out. She fought back, however, and took the second set from her opponent 6-3. The third and final set saw the continuation of Watson's resurgence, and she beat Garcia 8-6, delighting the home fans. Watson's second round opponent was Daniela Hantuchova, the 32-year-old Slovakian. Heather managed to beat Hantuchova in just two sets, seeing off her competitor with wins of 6-4 and 6-2. It was in the third round, however, that Watson faced her toughest Wimbledon test, when she came up against the formidable Serena Williams. Williams had sailed through her first two tournament matches, beating first Margarita Gasparyan 6-4 6-1, then Timea Babos 6-4 6-1. The five-time champion hadn't lifted the Venus Rosewater dish since 2012, and was determined to make it to six titles.
Heather Watson enjoyed huge support from the home crowd, as she did during all of her matches, but was beaten 6-2 in the first set. Her inspired fightback in the second set, however, saw her take this set 6-4, giving Williams a real scare. Sadly for Watson and her British fans, this wasn't her year, and she lost the final set 7-5 to the eventual champion. It should be some consolation to Heather, however, that only one other player took the mighty Serena to three sets over the course of the Wimbledon 2015 tournament.
The return of Roger Federer
Although he'll go down in history as one of the all-time tennis greats, and will always be strongly associated with Wimbledon, Roger Federer hadn't won Wimbledon for three years by 2015. He started his 2015 tennis season by recording his 1000th win, after beating Milos Raonic in the final of the Brisbane International. This made him only the third male player in the entire Open Era to achieve this feat, following in the footsteps of Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl. He also became the third male player to win at least one title in every single one of 15 consecutive years.
Federer's 2015 Wimbledon started well, with straight sets victories in the first two rounds. Australian Sam Groth took him to four sets in the third round, but Federer was able to defeat his opponent in the fourth round, Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain in three sets. Federer cruised through this quarter final against France's Gilles Simon, before meeting British number one, Andy Murray in the semi. The Swiss player managed to see off Murray in straight sets, setting up a dream final with world number one, Novak Djokavic.