The 135thth The staging of Wimbledon begins next month when the world’s greatest tennis players travel to the All-England Lawn Tennis Club.
The most prestigious tennis slam will host the likes of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu.
NationalWorld takes a look at the essential information needed before the Summer Slam.
When is Wimbledon 2022?
The qualifying round for this year’s championships starts on Monday 20th June and ends on Thursday 23rd June.
The main draw begins on Monday 27th June, with the men’s final ending on Sunday 10th July. The women’s final will take place on Saturday 9 June.
How to watch Wimbledon 2022
Full coverage of the tournament will be streamed live on BBC and BBC iPlayer. The BBC has been televising Wimbledon since 1937.
Broadcasting radio is also available on 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra.
Who can play at Wimbledon 2022?
This year, Wimbledon organizers decided to ban Russian and Belarusian players.
In a statement, they said: “In the circumstances of such unjustified and unprecedented military aggression, it would be unacceptable for the Russian regime to take any advantage of the participation of Russian or Belarusian players in The Championships.”
The ban has resulted in the ATP stripping Wimbledon of their ranking points.
This means that 2021 US Open champion Daniil Medvedev and Aryna Sabalenka will not be able to compete in this year’s tournament.
There are 128 each in the male and female singles championship, including 32 seeded players and eight wildcards.
Who are the favorites this year?
In the men’s category, reigning champion Novak Djokovic and two-time winner Rafael Nadal are favorites this year.
Last year’s finalist Matteo Berrettini and Spanish sensation Carlos Alcaraz will look to upset the old guard.
On the women’s side, former champion Simona Halep and in-form Iga Swiatek will aim to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish.
British fans will be hoping that Emma Raducanu will become the first British woman to win Wimbledon since Virginia Wade in 1977.
What the competitors have said so far
Speaking to the media at the French Open, 6-time champion Djokovic said: I’m concerned because I can’t defend 4,000 points [in Australia and Wimbledon]. But I’m happy to see that the ATP and the players have decided to show Wimbledon that there are consequences when you make a wrong decision.
Rafael Nadal, who is also traveling for the clay court slam in Paris, said: “I understand both sides. I undoubtedly respect and understand Wimbledon’s position, but on the other hand I also understand and respect that the ATP protects its members.”
Both men have indicated they will continue to compete in the 2022 championships.
Following her defeat at Roland Garros, Naomi Osaka has said it’s likely she won’t compete at Wimbledon this year. The Japanese star said: “I’m not sure why but when I play Wimbledon without points it’s more of a show.”
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