In the men’s draw, Rafael Nadal has a chance to equal Williams’ tally of 23 Grand Slam titles, but he will face stiff competition from top seed Novak Djokovic, who is looking to win his fourth title in a row at Wimbledon.
The 40-year-old athlete, who received a wild card to participate in the tournament, will face Frenchwoman Harmony Tan in the first round.
Despite the fact that the grass is not her favorite surface, No. 1 in the world. 1 Swiatek’s great form this year sees her win her third Grand Slam title and her first Wimbledon title, although she won the girls’ championship in 2018. In the first round, she will face Croatian Jana Fett, who has qualified.
Nadal and Djokovic lead the men’s draw
That means few will be looking past Nadal and Djokovic for a title this year, with the Spaniard looking to win his third straight Grand Slam title.
But ahead of Wimbledon, he said he hadn’t limped for a week, adding that “day after day the pain was different and that’s progress.” He will appear in the tournament for the first time in three years against the Argentine Francisco Cerundolo.
Djokovic, meanwhile, could be one Grand Slam title behind Nadal if he wins at SW19. In doing so, he will become the fourth man in the Open Era to win four Wimbledon titles in a row, after Roger Federer, Pete Sampras and Bjorn Borg.
If the draw goes according to seed, Djokovic and Nadal will face each other for the second time in the Wimbledon final.
Other contenders for the men’s title include Matteo Berrettini, last year’s finalist who won this week’s Royal Club, French Open finalist Kasper Ruud, and fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas.
An added incentive for Wimbledon players this year is the increase in prize money to £40,350,000 (about $49,400,000) – an increase of 15.2% over last year. The winners of the men’s and women’s singles finals on 9 and 10 July will each receive £2 million (approximately $2,450,000).
After the Covid-19 pandemic, for the first time in three years, the tournament can be held in full force.
Another piece of history has already been made at Wimbledon after players were first allowed to practice on the exhibition courts ahead of the tournament.
How to watch
For viewers in the United States, Wimbledon will be broadcast on ESPN and Tennis Channel, while the BBC and Eurosport will broadcast the action to UK viewers.