23/07/2018 – (Photo: PÉTER SZALMÁS) Timi is spending the last days of her summer holiday in the Hungarian capital: on Monday she held a press conference about her experiences.
Why is it so great that the 25-year old player is leading the Doubles World Ranking?
The ATP Tour launched the Official Singles Ranking in 1974 and the WTA Tour in 1975. The men’s doubles are ranked since 1976, and the women’s doubles has been ranked since 1984. Since then, no Hungarian tennis player has ever been in the lead. Until July 2018. The first day of the second week of the Wimbledon Grand Slam tournament, it was decided and it was become official on July 16, 2018: Timi has again written a sports history as the first Hungarian adult player to lead the WTA Tour rankings.
The player (born: 10 May, 1993) was the first Hungarian female player to win the WTA Finals at the end of last year, and in January this year she remained unbeaten with Kristina Mladenovic at the Australian Open.
“My dreams have come true, but I hope this is still just the beginning. Within half a year I became WTA World Champion, I won the Australian Open and I became the first Hungarian player, who leads the World Ranking. Now I want to keep this position” – Timi said at the press conference in Budapest on Monday.
The 25-year old player hopes she will soon be nearly confident in singles as in the doubles. Timi is on the 39th place in the most recent world rankings. Next week she will start her six week long North American tour. Timi will play in San Jose, Montreal, Cincinnati, New Haven and then at the US Open.
But back to the Wimbledon Grand Slam tournament. Two weeks ago, it was certain that the results were going to be in favour for Timi, so she will be the 39th leader of the Doubles World Ranking. True, she only officially took the first position last Monday.
“At Wimbledon, after the third round, WTA Tour representatives were waiting for Me in the dressing room I was told that I’m the new No. 1, so I’m not playing for the next day because I’m taking part in a London photo shoot. The trophy was very heavy, and every World No1 gets a diamond, and they have a monogram on it” – said the Hungarian player.
Another Timi’s goal of this year is to get to the top 20 in singles.
At Monday’s press conference, the player announced that she was helping out from the proceeds of her racquet, for the purchase of a new ultrasound device at the Sopron hospital’s children department.