Updated on 23/06/2022 at 12:46
- The most traditional tennis tournament in the world begins on Monday: Wimbledon.
- All England Championships are held in south west London.
- Much is different this year: an overview.
Wimbledon 2022: when does the tournament start?
The oldest tennis tournament in the world. In short: the Championships. Even shorter: Wimbledon. From June 27 to July 10, the All England Club on London’s Church Road in the SW19 district is all about the prestigious titles and trophies: the Gentlemen’s Cup and the Venus Rosewater Dish.
Which players are not included?
All players from Russia and Belarus are excluded due to the attack on Ukraine, including world number one Daniil Medvedev. Number two for men also misses the classic lawn: Olympic champion Alexander Zverev falls out after tearing his ligaments. Defending champion Ashley Barty has retired. Dominic Thiem, 2020 US Open winner, is concentrating on smaller clay tournaments after his injury. Wimbledon record winner Roger Federer is out with an injury.
What value is left?
Wimbledon is Wimbledon. Even without world rankings, which were withdrawn from the tournament by the ATP and WTA after the decision against Russians and Belarusians. Even without numbers 1 and 2, without the injured record winner Roger Federer and tennis pensioner Barty. Serena Williams is there after all. The seven-time winner from the United States is making a comeback after a year.
Who are the favorites?
Defending champion Novak Djokovic is aiming for his seventh victory in the Mecca lawn, the Serb would be number 1 favorite even with more competitors. Rafael Nadal has proven several times that he is capable of miracles despite chronic foot pain. Last year’s finalist, Stuttgart and Queens winner Matteo Berrettini from Italy is always strong on grass.
Who are the favorites?
Ash Barty’s successor in terms of playfulness, dominance and mental strength has long been found: Iga Swiatek has not lost in 35 games. It will also be exciting for Barty to see if the Pole can also demonstrate his superiority on grass. Swiatek did not play a preparatory tournament.
What about the Germans?
Without Zverev, Angelique Kerber remains the only German hope. However, the winner of 2018 is capable of much on the “sacred lawn”. Last year she reached the semifinals on her favorite surface and lost only to the excellent Barty, this year Kerber’s form curve already showed upwards on sand.
What is new?
The 135th edition of Wimbledon breaks with a tradition: For the first time in the history of the tournament, “mid-Sunday” is no longer thought of as a day of rest. So far, Sunday has been proclaimed playing day four times: in 1991, 1997, 2004 and 2016. This year, it is firmly planned and thus offsets the schedule.
Who broadcasts Wimbledon on TV and stream?
As of June 27, Sky reports daily live on up to five channels. The toll booth advertises a total of 350 hours of live tennis. Former professionals Patrik Kühnen and Julia Görges are in action as experts. From the quarterfinals, co-commentator is former Wimbledon champion Michael Stich.
The organizers of the All England Club are paying out more prize money this year than ever before: £ 40.35m, £ 2m each to men’s and women’s individual winners. For the first time since 2019, full spectator seats are allowed in all seats.
What else to say …
“For me, Wimbledon is Wimbledon, with or without points. I want to feel the flair there, the emotions on the pitch, the energy, the excitement, the competition. Anyone who is in doubt about Wimbledon this year has the significance of the tournament and the sport itself.” (Angelique Kerber in the FAZ interview)
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Despite his current injury hiatus, Alexander Zverev is better placed in the world rankings than ever before. The Olympic tennis champion climbed to second place for the first time. The new leader is the Russian Daniil Medvedev.