First held in 1877, Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and will returns after a year's absence on Monday 28 June. It's the third Grand Slam tournament of the year and Novak Djokovic has won the first two of them. ‘The Championships’ is the only major tournament still to be held on grass surface. He bids to win another title and go level with Nadal (absent this year) and Federer as winner of most Grand Slam men's singles titles.
There will be a new women's champion this year. Simona Halep is injured so won't be defending the title she won in 2019. Naomi Osaka is out too and world number one Ashleigh Barty is the favourite, though she hasn't got a great record on grass.
Known for its long upheld traditions - including a strict dress code, the standard of ball boys and ball girls, and strawberries and cream - Wimbledon is one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world. The grass courts of Wimbledon can be challenging to play on - with a slippery surface often causing low and speedy ball bounces. Players need to be fast in reaching the ball, with serves and volleys often making the difference in the absence of rallies.
Top seeds in the men's game do tend to go to the latter stages of the championship. It's not the havoc that is seen in the women's draw. Novak Djokovic has only once in the last 11 years failed to get to at least the last eight. Other top seeded players in this year's championship haven't got such a great record. Daniil Medvedev is seeded second but has never got past the third round at Wimbledon. He recently won the Mallorca grass court championship so could a better effort at Wimbledon be just around the corner?
Stefanos Tsitsipas has had a great 2021 but he's never made it to the last eight at Wimbledon and twice lost in round one. Alexander Zverev hasn't got past the fourth round either and Andrey Rublev's best is a third round. Roberto Bautista Agut is a possible contender, he got to the semi-final two years ago. Then there's Matteo Berrettini, winner of the cinch Championship recently. He could do well. Last but never least is Roger Federer. Could he win the title at the age of 39? He hasn't won this title since 2017 but in his last 17 Wimbledon appearances has only failed to make the last eight once. He hasn't played a great deal this year but this is the tournament on which he has 100% focus.
There aren't many surprise winners of the Men's singles at Wimbledon. One outsider who could do well this year is Alex de Minaur who won the Eastbourne title this month and also did well in Stuttgart and London. Marin Cilic won the title in Stuttgart and is always capable of producing a shock. The same goes for Felix Auger-Aliassime and the British pair of Daniel Evans and Cameron Norrie. Andy Murray is back but lacks time on court and a series of five-set matches may be beyond him.