Wimbledon 2022: Serena Williams returns to Grand Slams as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic lead men’s draw

The tournament, which starts on Monday, was shrouded in controversy in the weeks before the organizers were due to score at SW19. ban of Russian and Belarusian players against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine.
Right, Serena Williams plans to return to Grand Slam tennis after a year-long absence from the sport. She competed in women’s doubles at Eastbourne this week alongside Ons Jabeur, although the pair were forced to pull out of the semi-finals of the tournament after Jabeur suffered a knee injury.
With so little playing experience, it’s hard to predict how the 23-time Grand Slam champion will perform at Wimbledon, where French Open Champion Iga Swiatekcurrently on a 35-match unbeaten streak, is arguably the favorite to win the women’s singles.

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.

Nadal serves during an exhibition match against Stan Wawrinka at the Hurlingham Club in London.

Serena returns

Williams told CNN earlier this year, she “doesn’t give up” in her pursuit of her 24th Grand Slam title, but her participation at Wimbledon came as a surprise nonetheless.

The 40-year-old athlete, who received a wild card to participate in the tournament, will face Frenchwoman Harmony Tan in the first round.

Not far from Wimbledon, the players struggle and strive to get into the main draw.

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.

Ashleigh Barty’s departure from tennis earlier this year means there will be no reigning champion in the women’s draw, but a previous Wimbledon champion Simona HalepGarbine Muguruza and Angelique Kerber are among the top 16 seeds.
Teenagers Emma RadukanuUS Open champion playing at her home Grand Slam tournament, and Coco Gauffrunner-up at the French Open can also enjoy a big lead in the draw.

Nadal and Djokovic lead the men’s draw

Men will be missing two of the best players in the world rankings – Daniil Medvedev due to a ban on the participation of Russian players and Alexander Zverev due to received a long-term injury at the French Open.

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.

Earlier this week, Djokovic faced Felix Auger-Aliassime at London's Hurlingham Club.
Nadal’s participation at Wimbledon looked uncertain after he revealed the extent of his ongoing foot injury at the French Openrelying on daily injections to get through the tournament.

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.

With multiple players slip on the surface last yearAccording to the organizers, this solution allows the players to get used to the conditions and help them sleep on the courts.

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.

A complete list of broadcasters for the countries of the world is available here.