The one hundred and thirty fifth version of The Championships, Wimbledon – extra generally recognized simply as Wimbledon – is about to happen from June 27 to July 10 on the All England Membership in London. This 12 months additionally marks the centenary of the membership’s famed centre-court.
The one grass court docket grand slam, will see Novak Djokovic main the Gents’s singles draw, whereas Iga Swiatek is the No. 1 seed for the women singles at this 12 months’s match. All Russian and Belarusian gamers have been banned from collaborating at this 12 months’s version following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Common view of the centre court docket on the All England Garden Tennis and Croquet Membership in London. – GETTY IMAGES
Wimbledon is the oldest tennis match on the earth with the primary version going down 1877 on the All England Garden Tennis and Croquet Membership (AELTC). Spencer Gore, an English tennis participant and a first-class county cricketer received the primary version of the match profitable 12 guineas. The women singles was, nevertheless, solely added within the 12 months 1884 and Maud Watson received that 12 months.
The courts on the membership had been initially organized in such a fashion that each one the opposite courts flanked the principle court docket, therefore, deriving the phrase ‘centre-court’. The championships, like all British establishments, follows age outdated customs, with strawberry and cream being the gang favorite. One other customized is for gamers to put on all-white in contrast to every other tennis match.
How final 12 months’s version went
The 134th version of Wimbledon was held from June 28 to July 11. The celebrated grass-court Main returned to the tennis calendar after a spot of 1 12 months because the 2020 version was cancelled as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
On the boys’s aspect, Serbian Novak Djokovic beat Italian Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 to win his sixth Wimbledon and total twentieth Grand Slam title. By profitable the trophy on the AELTC, Djokovic had clinched the primary three Majors of the 12 months. The match didn’t function Rafael Nadal (left foot damage) whereas eight-time champion Roger Federer was crushed in straight units within the quarterfinal by Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz.
On the ladies’s aspect, Australian World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty bagged her maiden Wimbledon title with a 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3 victory over Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova. Simona Halep, 2019 champion, couldn’t take part because of a calf damage whereas seven-time champion Serena Williams was pressured to retire halfway by way of her opening spherical match in opposition to Aliaksandra Sasnovich because of an ankle damage.
2021 Wimbledon was the final version was play wasn’t held on the ‘Center Sunday.’
Storylines for this 12 months
The lads’s draw has defending champion Novak Djokovic as the highest seed. The Serb comes into the match after lacking the Australian Open because of being unvaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 and a quarterfinal loss to Nadal on the French Open. The Spaniard can be in the identical place as Djokovic from final 12 months as he’ll proceed his push for the Calendar Slam following the Australian Open and Roland Garros titles whereas battling the ache in his left foot.
Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev, prime two males’s gamers within the ATP Rankings, won’t be collaborating this 12 months. Whereas the previous has been banned together with different Russians and Belarusians following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, the latter suffered a freak ankle damage whereas taking part in the French Open semifinal in opposition to Nadal. Federer is about to overlook Wimbledon for the primary time in 23 years as he continues to get better from a knee surgical procedure from final 12 months.
The ladies’s draw will see 21-year-old Iga Swiatek take the lead. The Polish participant has had a dream run this 12 months as she enters the match on the again of a 35-match profitable streak. That is the joint longest profitable streak by a feminine participant within the twenty first century; she shares the document with Venus Williams. Within the absence of defending champion Barty who introduced her retirement from the game earlier this 12 months, Swiatek is the largest contender for the trophy. The match may also see Serena Williams’ return to the game after nearly a 12 months.
The championships will see a complete of GBP 40,350,000 in prize cash this 12 months. The winner of the gents’s and women singles will obtain GBP 2,000,000 every. Wimbledon was the final of the 4 Grand Slams to incorporate equal prize cash. Equal prize cash in Wimbledon began solely in 2007.
Wimbledon males’s singles winner’s trophy (left) and girls’s singles winner’s trophy (proper). – GETTY IMAGES
The women singles winner is introduced with the Venus Rosewater Dish, a round dish with mythological designs. The gents’s singles winner is awarded a silver gilt cup which has the inscription “All England Garden Tennis Membership Single Handed Championship of the World.” The precise trophies stay with the membership whereas three-inch smaller replicas are given to the winners to take with them. All of the doubles trophies are silver cups.
Most Titles within the Open Period
Girls Singles: Martina Navratilova- 9 titles
Gents’s singles: Roger Federer- 8 titles
Girls Doubles: Martina Navratilova- 7 titles ( One every with Chris Evert and Billie Jean King and 5 with Pam Shriver)
Gentlemens doubles: Todd Woodbridge- 9 titles (Six with Mark Woodforde and three with Jonas Björkman)
Combined Doubles: Leander Paes- 4 titles (with Lisa Raymond, Martina Navratilova, Cara Black and Martina Hingis)
Martina Navratilova- 4 titles (with Paul McNamee, Mark Woodforde, Jonathan Stark and Leander Paes)
Ladies – Iga Swiatek, Ons Jabeur, Jelena Ostapenko
Males – Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Matteo Berrettini
The place to observe (India):
|Wimbledon can be broadcast dwell on Star Sports activities community and streamed on Disney plus Hotstar in India.