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Wimbledon 2019 Posted On 21 June 2019

Wimbledon

Tennis fans are getting excited as Wimbledon, the legendary tournament, returns to SW19 in July, with what promises to be a highly competitive two weeks of tennis!

Last year’s winners Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber will both be returning to the famous All England Club to defend their 2018 titles. Novak Djokovic has already defeated World Number 2 in the final of the Australian Open back in January.

British number one Kyle Edmund, who is ranked 30 in the world, will be Britain’s best hope of claiming the coveted trophy. The 24-year old was knocked out of last year’s tournament in the round of 32 to eventual champion Novak Djokovic. Fellow Brit Andy Murray, who has won Wimbledon twice, has already ruled himself out of competing in the singles. However, he is hopeful of returning to SW19 in the doubles format, after making his return to the game yesterday playing at Queen’s with doubles partner Feliciano Lopez. The Scotsman has been out of action since January after a major hip operation earlier in the year. The 31-year-old was forced to pull out on the eve of last year’s tournament as he continued his recovery from his hip injury.

Swiss Roger Federer claimed his 100th singles titles in Dubai earlier this year, Federer’s illustrious career is in its 21st year and the 37-year-old doesn’t seem to be ready to call it quits just yet. With eight record wins under his belt, no one has ever won Wimbledon as many times as he has, which is why he said Wimbledon “stands out” as the perfect place for him to bow out of the sport.

Last year’s finalist Serena Williams, who lost to Kerber, started her 2019 campaign strongly after only returning last year from having a baby, but was forced to retire in both the Indian Wells and Miami Open in March. Other female stars to watch in this year’s competition include Karolina Pliskova, Kiki Bertens, Simona Halep and Number One Naomi Osaka. Meanwhile Alexander Zverev, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Kevin Anderson and Bautista Agut will be amongst the contenders for the men’s title.

2019’s tournament will also see the brand new retractable roof for the Court No. 1, the second largest court at SW19. The retractable roof is part of a multi-million pound redevelopment which will mean Centre Court and the Court No. 1 will see play whatever the weather. The All England Club revealed their intentions to build the retractable roof back in 2013, and the roof was unveiled in May with a star-studded ceremony which included Paloma Faith and players including Venus Williams, Pat Cash and John McEnroe.

Wimbledon starts on July 1st with the ladies’ final on 13th July and men’s final on 14th July respectively; you can watch coverage on the BBC. A limited number of tickets are available at the gate, but you may need to camp overnight to be in with a chance of getting one!

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