Tennis at Wimbledon: You need to know this on classic turf

Will there be an ultimate Wimbledon dream between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal? Photo: Imago Images / Javier Garcia

The world’s largest tennis tournament begins next Monday in London. Here we answer the most important questions about Wimbledon 2022.

The biggest tennis event of the year starts on Monday: Wimbledon. Here we answer the most important questions about the lawn landscape of Great Britain.

what’s up?

The oldest tennis tournament in the world. In short: tournaments. Even shorter: Wimbledon. From June 27 to July 10, The All England Club on London’s Church Road in SW19 revolves around the most prestigious titles and awards: the Gentlemen’s Cup and the Venus Rosewater Bowl.

Who is missing?

All players from Russia and Belarus have been disqualified due to the attack on Ukraine, including world number one Daniil Medvedev. The men’s second man also misses the classic turf: Olympic champion Alexander Zverev falls after tore ligaments. Defending champion Ashleigh Barty has retired.

What is the residual value?

Wimbledon is Wimbledon. Even without the world ranking points, which were withdrawn from the tournament by the ATP and WTA Tour after the decision against the Russians and Belarusians. Even without the numbers 1 and 2, without injured record winner Roger Federer and retired tennis player Barty. After all, Serena Williams is there. The seven-time winner from the United States will return a year later.

Who is the favourite?

Defending champion Novak Djokovic is aiming for his seventh win on the Mecca turf, and the Serbian will be the frontrunner even with more opponents, and Rafael Nadal has proven several times that he can perform miracles despite chronic foot pain. Last year’s finalist, Stuttgart and winner Matteo Berrettini of Italy, is always strong on the grass.

Who is the favourite?

Ash Barty’s successor in terms of fun, dominance and mental strength has been found for a long time: Iga Swiatek is unbeaten in 35 matches. It will also be exciting for Barty to see if the Pole can also prove her supremacy on the turf. Swiatek did not play a preparatory tournament.

What about the Germans?

Without Zverev, Angelique Kerber remains the only German hope. However, the 2018 winner is able to achieve a lot on the “holy grass”. Last year she reached the semi-finals on her preferred deck and lost only to the outstanding Barty. This year, Kerber’s form curve was already improving on the sand, but her dress rehearsal in Bad Homburg ended early. In total, the Germans initially numbered 13 (7 men and 6 women).

what’s new?

The 135th edition of Wimbledon breaks a tradition: for the first time in the tournament’s history, “mid-Sunday” is no longer a day off. So far, Sunday has been declared a day of play four times: in 1991, 1997, 2004 and 2016. This year it has been firmly planned and is therefore equivalent to the schedule.

Who is broadcasting?

From June 27, Sky will offer daily live broadcasts on up to five channels. The pay station advertises a total of 350 hours of live tennis. Former professionals Patrick Koenen and Julia Georges serve as experts. From the quarter-finals, the co-commentator is former Wimbledon champion Michael Stitch.

Pay please!

All England Club organizers are paying more prize money this year than ever: £40.35 million, £2 million for the men and women winners. For the first time since 2019, a full stand is allowed for spectators in all seats.

what I say…

“For me, Wimbledon is Wimbledon, with points or without points. I want to feel the flair there, the emotions on the field, the energy, the tension, the competition. Anyone who had any doubts about Wimbledon this year didn’t really understand the importance of the tournament and the sport itself.” (Angelique Kerber in FAZ interview)

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