Ladies and gentlemen, Wimbledon 2017 is upon us.
The Championships, Wimbledon (more commonly known as Wimbledon) is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and it is said to be the most prestigious. It all started in 1877 and has always been held at the All England Club in London.
Wimbledon 2017 schedule overview
For this year’s tournament, the gates don’t officially open until July 3, but the excitement certainly starts much earlier.
The Wimbledon 2017 qualifying round started last Monday, June 26 as lower-ranked players not automatically included in the draw vie for the 16 remaining men’s places and 12 women’s slots.
The seedings, which are given to the top 32 players in each singles draw, will be announced on June 28. While the women’s seedings directly follow the world rankings, the men’s system factors in previous performances on grass courts.
Things start getting really tense on Friday, June 30, when the draw commences.
Play starts on the outside courts at 11:30 BST on Monday, July 3, before Andy Murray, the current men’s champion, opens on Center Court at 13:00 BST.
Britain’s Marcus Willis has been awarded a wildcard status in qualifying because of his incredible run during last year’s tournament. Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova, on the other hand, will not be at Wimbledon due to a thigh injury.
Predictions for Wimbledon 2017
Will top-seed Andy Murray (who was the Wimbledon champ in 2013 and 2016) win again? Probably not. Consider that Before Wimbledon 2016, he already won 33 matches and lost six. He eventually reached two Grand Slam finals and a Masters title.
This year, Andy has won only 21 contests and lost nine. Plus, the French Open is the only Grand Slam/Masters tournament where he reached the quarter-finals, so he’s clearly not playing his A game right now.
Queen’s champion Feliciano Lopez thinks Roger Federer will win Wimbledon this year, although he acknowledged that anything can happen in the tournament. Lopez also believes Marin Cilic should be considered a favorite in Wimbledon 2017.