All You Need To Know About Wimbledon 2016
Thursday, 23 June 2016 | Admin
It’s June and summer has officially started, cue the start of summer sports! That means it’s that time of the year again when we can all enjoy one of the most prestigious tennis events on the calendar, Wimbledon. If you’re already fed up of watching the football on TV then don’t worry Wimbledon 2016 starts really soon and it’s looking to be an exciting event.
When Does Wimbledon Start?
The tournament begins on Monday 27th June 2016 at 11:30am with the gentlemen's and ladies’ singles first round.
The event will take place at the famous All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London that has hosted the tournament for over 130 years. After being founded way back in 1877 this makes Wimbledon the oldest tennis tournament in the world.
Wimbledon is an important event on the tennis calendar as it is makes up one of the four grand slam tennis tournaments. Wimbledon is the currently the only major grand slam tournament to be played on grass which provides a unique challenge to players.
Who Will Be Playing?
This year at Wimbledon 2016 there will be a lot of famous faces returning to takes their chance at claiming the title.
Novak Djokovic is currently the two-time defending champion and will be returning to try and make it three consecutive wins this year. The last two years Djokovic was up against Roger Federer in the men's singles final who will also be returning this year to try and claim his 8th Wimbledon title.
The British number 1 Andy Murray, who became the first Brit to win Wimbledon in 77, years will also be returning. After winning back in 2013 and finishing in 2nd place the year before Andy Murray is in the the top 3 most likely to win this year. Although he hasn't made it to the final of the men's singles in a few years if he can defeat Djokovic or Federer he'll be looking at a place in the final.
Another player to look out for this year is the Swiss player Stan Wawrinka who has been a threat to Djokovic and Federer in the past reaching the quarter final in both 2014 and 2015. He also took first place at the US Open in 2015. If he’s been practising enough he could be looking to make it into the finals or beyond this year.
Serena Williams is the defending champion in the ladies singles and will be attempting to win her first major of 2016. Runner up from last year Garbiñe Muguruza will also be returning after missing out on the first place last year.
Who's The Favourite To Win Wimbledon 2016?
For the gentlemen's singles Novak Djokovic is the highest seed entering the competition after already winning the French and Australian open this year. Novak will be looking to cross another grand slam off his list.
Andy Murray is the 2nd favourite to win after losing to Djokovic in both finals of the French and Australian open hopefully he can pull off another grand slam win like back in 2013.
Roger Federer is in 3rd place after no grand slam placements Federer will be looking to show he still has what it takes to compete at a high level.
Serena Williams is the highest seed entering the competition after winning Wimbledon last year she’ll be looking to hold on to the top spot.
Garbiñe Muguruza is the 2nd favourite to win after winning the French open earlier on this year against Serena Williams. Muguruza will be looking to replicate her success and show she can play just as well on a grass surface.
The 3rd seed going into the competition is Agnieszka Radwańska who reached the semi-final of the Australian Open earlier on this year.
The prize money is currently £2 million for the gentlemen's and ladies singles winners which is an increase of £120K from last year. Who said playing tennis doesn’t pay?
When Are The Finals?
The ladies singles finals of Wimbledon 2016 will take place on Saturday 9th July from 11am along with the ladies and gentlemen's doubles finals.
The gentlemen's singles will take place the day after on Sunday 10th July from 11am along with the mixed, girls and boys double finals. In previous years these finals have been exceptionally long and nail biting so be sure you don’t have anything planned for the afternoon!
How Can I Watch Wimbledon 2016?
Coverage of Wimbledon 2016 will start on 27th June at 11:30am on BBC Two. Additional coverage will start later on in the day at 1:45pm on BBC One covering the gentlemen and ladies singles. Other matches will be available to watch online via BBC iPlayer with highlights as well if you happen to miss a match during the day.
Wimbledon 2016 is bound to be another exciting tournament with many top players battling it out for the number one spot. We just hope the British weather will behave itself!Click Here To Browse The iBeani Store