Final preparations are being made for this year’s Wimbledon tennis tournament, with the world-famous tournament ready to host the sport’s best players, and the All England Club is celebrating a century of center court play.
An all-star cast of tennis’s greatest players will take part in what could be one of their last Wimbledon matches as the crown of the British sports summer returns.
Euronews sports editor Andy Robini spoke to former UK No. 1 Tim Henman about what makes the championship so special.
“Personally, I would say that Wimbledon is the best tennis tournament in the world,” says Henman.
“It’s really about history, tradition, grass courts, predominantly white clothes, and I think when you think back to when the event started way back in 1877, it certainly has a lot of history and tradition, so I’m looking forward to it.” . ”
Henman never won a Grand Slam at Wimbledon, but reached the semi-finals four times. He says the way to win the tournament is now different from when he played.
“I think grass tennis has changed over the years. It was much more dominated by pitching and volleying, but now I think you’re seeing a lot more action from the back of the court. Physically, technically and mentally, you’ll have to be ready to go,” he said.
“The Grand Slam is over two weeks old. [long] so you have to be ready to try to win seven matches.”
Many of the world’s biggest names will be attending, including Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray on grass court.
New stars such as Emma Radukanou, Iga Sviatek and Carlos Alcaraz are also playing, many of them hoping to make it to Wimbledon.
Although he announced his retirement last year due to a chronic foot injury, Nadal, 36, proved his resilience by fighting back to win titles at the Australian Open and French Open this year.
Can he add a third Wimbledon title to his name before he leaves? It would be an impressive feat.
Serena Williams, seven-time Grand Slam winner, will return to singles. Last year, the 40-year-old American was forced to end her campaign early due to a hamstring injury on her first day of performances.
Earlier this week, Williams returned to the WTA Tour in Eastbourne, playing doubles alongside Tunisian Onse Jabeur.
No Russian or Belarusian players
This will be another SW19 tournament that is different from the others due to the severe global crisis.
The players do not have ranking points because Wimbledon, unlike their Grand Slam partners at the French Open and the US Open, decided to ban Russian and Belarusian players from the competition due to the invasion of Ukraine.
Daniil Medvedev – the Russian who is the world No. 1 among men – is most often absent due to relocation. Russian Andrey Rublev is another player from the top 10 who did not make it into the men’s bracket.
Among women, world No. 6 Belarus Arina Sobolenko is the most notable absentee.
Seeding for Wimbledon is now directly linked to world rankings, after previously taking into account past grass performances.