After the gruelling red clay of the Roland Gross, the tennis world is now looking forward eagerly to the green grass of the Wimbledon. Come Monday, June 27, the best tennis players of the world would be sporting perfect whites and tackling the fast-paced grass courts at the Wimbledon.
Whenever Wimbledon comes about, one name comes out most prominently, that is, Roger Federer. Federer has made it clear that he is likely to be fit for competitive tennis only by September 2022. This means the tennis fans would have to watch another Wimbledon without Federer’s magical shot-making.
Rafa Nadal, another of the active tennis greats, has also made it clear that even though he intends to play at the Wimbledon 2022, it may not be possible owing to his foot injury.
Novak Djokovic (who is also the defending champion) is the number one seed in the men’s section despite being pushed to the third position in the latest ATP men's tennis ranking. He would be at the tournament trying to defend his title. He will be up against young challengers and grasscourt experts such as Nick Kyrgios and Matteo Berrettini.
Tennis fans are also waiting for the return of Andy Murry and Stan Wawrinka. Murray who is making a comeback after a long-standing hip injury withdrew from the Queen’s Club Championship following an abdominal injury suffered at the finals of the recent Stuttgart Open.
Murray has defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in the run-up to the Wimbledon, achieving his first major victory against a top-five player after a long long time. But now with this newly sustained abdominal injury, his participation in the Wimbledon is doubtful.
Stan Wawrinka, another well-known and much-loved player has also made a recent comeback to the game (March 2022) and would be trying his luck at the Wimbledon.
In the women’s section, the big news is that Serena Williams (40) has been granted a wild card to play. The 23-time Grandslam winner and seven-time Wimbledon champion had been out of tennis action since she got injured during last year’s Wimbledon.
The defending champion Ashleigh Barty from Australia would not be there to defend her title having retired from the sport. In her absence, the ladies section is being led by the 2022 French Open champ Iga Swiatek, who is the in-form player.
The prize money would be 2 million pounds, for both the men's and women's singles categories. The final would be conducted on July 10, 2022. It will be broadcasted on Starsports (India). The tournament will also be streamed live on Disney+ Hotstar.