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Djokovic will be back for redemption in 2017, but the path to the title will be even harder this year. The Serbian's well-documented slump took a turn for the worse when he fell in the second round of the Australian Open - his earliest exit at a major since 2008 - and with Wimbledon past master Roger Federer roaring back to form with his Australian Open triumph, and world no. 1 Andy Murray keen to repeat his 2016 success, the Serbian faces an arduous task in his quest to reclaim the title. Federer has always done well at Wimbledon, and his claims to the 2017 throne are further buttressed by his sensational victory in Melbourne on his return from a six-month injury absence. Two-time champion Rafael Nadal cannot be discounted either, despite his recent struggles at the All England Club. He threw his name back into the hat with his runner-up finish in Melbourne. Do not overlook Stan Wawrinka, who strangely is just one Wimbledon away from completing a quite sensational career Slam, while last year's beaten finalist Milos Raonic possesses the weapons to blast anyone off the lawns of London.
Serena Williams remains the odds-on favourite to retain her women's singles' title. The power and accuracy of her serve will always make her a formidable force on the lawns of the All England club, as will her unquenchable thirst for tennis history, even at this late stage of her career. Having captured her 23rd major at the Australian Open to go past Steffi Graff as the winningest Grand Slam women's singles' champion in the Open Era, she will no doubt have her eyes set on Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 majors, and Wimbledon could be the venue where the American great achieves that milestone.
The big-hitters will be dangerous, as usual. Karolina Pliskova will hope to continue her evolution into a regular Grand Slam contender in London, while Garbine Muguruza, beaten finalist in 2015, retains a big threat. There's also the small matter of Maria Sharapova, with the 2004 champion set to return from a doping suspension to take her place in the draw. You can never count out the slippery Agnieszka Radwanska, who tricked her way to the final in 2012, while Angelique Kerber will hope to go one better than her runner-up finish from 2016.
And starting on July 3, these great players will be trading groundstrokes on the greatest stage in tennis.
About The Championships
The oldest tennis tournament in the world, Wimbledon – also known simply as The Championships – has been held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) in south-west London since 1877.
Of the four Grand Slams, Wimbledon is the only one still played on grass courts since the Australian Open shifted to hard courts in 1988.
The iconic event retains the traditional elements from tennis’s polite, amateur past; including a strict dress code for the competitors, who all wear white; Royal patronage; no play on the middle Sunday of the event; the absence of sponsor advertising around the courts; and the conspicuous consumption of strawberries and cream.
That doesn’t mean Wimbledon hasn’t evolved with the times, however. Prize money was first offered to competitors in 1968, the first year that professional players were allowed to compete in The Championships, and men and women have been paid equal prize money since 2007. With the unpredictable British summer often leading to rain, a retractable roof was installed over Centre Court and has been in operation since 2009, with No. 1 Court to be roofed. The All-England Club also features the Aorangi Terrace, a large outdoor area where fans watch matches on a giant screen, popularly known as ‘Henman Hill’ after British player Tim Henman. It is also known as ‘Murray Mound’ in recent years after Andy Murray became the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win Wimbledon in 2013. Virginia Wade was the last British women to win Wimbledon in 1977.
Wimbledon is broadcast by the BBC on every day of The Championships and attracts huge television audiences around the world. New legends are added to the myth of Wimbledon every year, such as the 183-game match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut on Court 18 in 2010, which Isner won 70-68 in the fifth set; and the iconic 2008 men’s final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, widely regarded as the greatest match of all time.
Pete Sampras and Roger Federer jointly hold the record for most men’s titles at Wimbledon in the Open Era with seven each, while Federer (2003-7) and Bjorn Borg (1976-80) are tied for the most consecutive singles titles. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic and the most recent men's champion, Andy Murray, all have two titles.
On the women’s side, Martina Navratilova holds the Open Era record with nine Wimbledon titles and also holds the record for most consecutive women’s titles, winning six between 1982 and 1987. Among active players, Serena Williams holds the record for most titles with six, just edging out sister Venus' five, while Maria Sharapova (2004) and Petra Kvitova (2011 and 2014) have also captured the prize at the All England Club.
Wimbledon tournament information
|Dates||3-16 July 2017|
|Location||Wimbledon, London, UK|
|Venue||The All-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club|
|Draw size||128 singles/64 doubles|
|Most men's singles titles||William Renshaw/Pete Sampras/Roger Federer (7 each)|
|Most women's singles titles||Martina Navratilova (9)|
|Most consecutive titles (men)||William Renshaw (7, 1881-86)|
|Most consecutive Open Era titles (men)||Bjorn Borg (5, 1976-80)/Roger Federer (5, 2003-7)|
|Most consecutive titles (women)||Martina Navratilova (6, 1982-7)|
|Youngest winner (men)||Boris Becker (17 years, 227 days)|
|Youngest winner (women)||Lottie Dod (15 years, 285 days)|
|Current men's singles champion||Andy Murray|
|Current women's singles champion||Serena Williams|
|Current men's doubles champions||Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut|
|Current women's doubles champions||Serena Williams/Venus Williams|
Previous Wimbledon champions
NB: Active players' names are in bold
|1968||Rod Laver (3)||Tony Roche||Billie Jean King (3)||Judy Tegart Dalton|
|1969||Rod Laver (4)||John Newcombe||Ann Jones||Billie Jean King|
|1970||John Newcombe (2)||Ken Rosewall||Margaret Court||Billie Jean King|
|1971||John Newcombe (3)||Stan Smith||Evonne Goolagong||Margaret Court|
|1972||Stan Smith||Ilie Nastase||Billie Jean King (4)||Evonne Goolagong|
|1973||Jan Kodes||Alex Metreveli||Billie Jean King (5)||Chris Evert|
|1974||Jimmy Connors ||Ken Rosewall||Chris Evert||Olga Mozorova|
|1975||Arthur Ashe||Jimmy Connors||Billie Jean King (6)||Evonne Goolagong Cawley|
|1976||Bjorn Borg||Ilie Nastase||Chris Evert (2)||Evonne Goolagong Cawley|
|1977||Bjorn Borg (2)||Jimmy Connors||Virginia Wade||Betty Stove|
|1978||Bjorn Borg (3)||Jimmy Connors||Martina Navratilova||Chris Evert|
|1979||Bjorn Borg (4)||Roscoe Tanner||Martina Navratilova (2)||Chris Evert-Lloyd|
|1980||Bjorn Borg (5)||John McEnroe||Evonne Goolagong Cawley (2)||Chris Evert-Lloyd|
|1981||John McEnroe||Bjorn Borg||Chris Evert-Lloyd (3)||Hana Mandlikova|
|1982||Jimmy Connors (2)||John McEnroe||Martina Navratilova (3)||Chris Evert-Lloyd|
|1983||John McEnroe (2)||Chris Lewis||Martina Navratilova (4)||Andrea Jaeger|
|1984||John McEnroe (3)||Jimmy Connors||Martina Navratilova (5)||Chris Evert-Lloyd|
|1985||Boris Becker||Kevin Curren||Martina Navratilova (6)||Chris Evert-Lloyd|
|1986||Boris Becker (2)||Ivan Lendl||Martina Navratilova (7)||Hana Mandlikova|
|1987||Pat Cash||Ivan Lendl||Martina Navratilova (8)||Steffi Graf|
|1988||Stefan Edberg||Boris Becker||Steffi Graf||Martina Navratilova|
|1989||Boris Becker (3)||Stefan Edberg||Steffi Graf (2)||Martina Navratilova|
|1990||Stefan Edberg (2)||Boris Becker||Martina Navratilova (9)||Zina Garrison|
|1991||Michael Stich||Boris Becker||Steffi Graf (3)||Gabriela Sabatini|
|1992||Andre Agassi||Goran Ivanisevic||Steffi Graf (4)||Monica Seles|
|1993||Pete Sampras||Jim Courier||Steffi Graf (5)||Jana Novotna|
|1994||Pete Sampras (2)||Goran Ivanisevic||Conchita Martinez||Martina Navratilova|
|1995||Pete Sampras (3)||Boris Becker||Steffi Graf (6)||Arantxa Sanchez Vicario|
|1996||Richard Krajicek||MaliVai Washington||Steffi Graf (7)||Arantxa Sanchez Vicario|
|1997||Pete Sampras (4)||Cedric Pioline||Martina Hingis||Jana Novotna|
|1998||Pete Sampras (5)||Goran Ivanisevic||Jana Novotna||Nathalie Tauziat|
|1999||Pete Sampras (6)||Andre Agassi||Lindsay Davenport||Steffi Graf|
|2000||Pete Sampras (7)||Patrick Rafter||Venus Williams ||Lindsay Davenport|
|2001||Goran Ivanisevic||Patrick Rafter||Venus Williams (2)||Justine Henin|
|2002||Lleyton Hewitt||David Nalbandian||Serena Williams||Venus Williams|
|2003||Roger Federer||Mark Philippoussis||Serena Williams (2)||Venus Williams|
|2004||Roger Federer (2)||Andy Roddick||Maria Sharapova||Serena Williams|
|2005||Roger Federer (3)||Andy Roddick||Venus Williams (3)||Lindsay Davenport|
|2006||Roger Federer (4)||Rafael Nadal||Amelie Mauresmo||Justine Henin|
|2007||Roger Federer (5)||Rafael Nadal||Venus Williams (4)||Marion Bartoli|
|2008||Rafael Nadal||Roger Federer||Venus Williams (5)||Serena Williams|
|2009||Roger Federer (6)||Andy Roddick||Serena Williams (3)||Venus Williams|
|2010||Rafael Nadal (2)||Tomas Berdych||Serena Williams (4)||Vera Zvonareva|
|2011||Novak Djokovic||Rafael Nadal||Petra Kvitova||Maria Sharapova|
|2012||Roger Federer (7)||Andy Murray||Serena Williams (5)||Agnieszka Radwanska|
|2013||Andy Murray||Novak Djokovic||Marion Bartoli||Sabine Lisicki|
|2014||Novak Djokovic (2)||Roger Federer||Petra Kvitova (2)||Eugenie Bouchard|
|2015||Novak Djokovic (3)||Roger Federer||Serena Williams (6)||Garbine Muguruza|
|2016||Andy Murray (2)||Milos Raonic||Serena Williams (7)||Angelique Kerber|
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