Wimbledon Preview History
2011 WIMBLEDON TENNIS PREVIEW:
The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club will be celebrating the 125th edition of Wimbledon in 2011, and as usual, all the great players will be in London to celebrate the occasion.
On the men’s side, the draw will have all the big names—including the newly minted French Open champ Rafael Nadal and his on-court foe, Rodger Federer. Novak Djokovic will try to rebound after losing his first match in forty-two to Federer in Paris during the French semis. Englishman Andy Murray rounds out the top four, and will surely have the crowd behind him, especially if the chalk advances and he sees Nadal in the Semifinals. The top American men are Andy Roddick, at 8, and Mardy Fish, the 10th-seed.
The top female draw was Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki, who is currently first in the WTA rankings. While she has 17 titles under her belt, Wozniacki will be looking for her first Grand Slam title in England. The second-seeded Kim Clijisters was forced to pull out of the tournament thanks to a balky ankle, leaving Maria Sharapova as the odd-on favorite to challenge Wozniacki for the despite the presence of the Williams Sisters or Li Na, the Chinese winner of the French Open.
In the first round, however, the most scrutinized match may be between two unranked men’s players: American John Isner and France’s Nicolas Mahut. It was last year at Wimbledon where the two played the longest match in tennis history, a three-and-a-half day match that ended with Isner finally rallying to win 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68. It’s this kind of intensity that Wimbledon is known for that makes heading to the All England Club worth it.
2010 WIMBLEDON TENNIS RECAP:
Rafael Nadal takes the men's single title against Tomáš Berdych, who previously sent defending champion and favorite Roger Federer home in the quarter finals. Serena Williams retains the women's singles title in a finals match against Russia's Vera Zvonareva, though they lost the women's doubles titles this year after being defeated in the quarter finals. The women's doubles title went to the pair of American Vania King and Russian born Yaroslava Shvedova.
2010 WIMBLEDON TENNIS PREVIEW:
Tennis is a game of tradition and cachet, and the Wimbledon Championships is the sport's oldest, and perhaps most prestigious tournament. One of the four Grand Slam events, Wimbledon has been held on the grassy lawns of the All England Club in a London suburb since 1877.
Each year since the tournament's origin, tennis fans have crowded the stands to drink Pimm's spritzers and cheer on the best players that the sport has to offer. On Monday, June 21, the 2010 tournament will begin, and culminate with the Men's Singles Final on Sunday, July 4.
While qualifying and seeding continues until just before the tournament begins, fans can expect tennis' celebrities to be amongst the 128 competitors in the men's and women's singles matches.
Currently, the world's top men's seed is the Swiss luminary Roger Federer, who will be defending his Wimbledon title this year and shooting to extend his record to 17 Grand Slam titles. However, second-seeded Rafael Nadal, who withdrew from last year's tournament due to an injury, will seek to scoop up his second Wimbledon title.
On the women's side, the top two seeds have a lot in common. Collectively, they have won 5 of the last seven Wimbledon Championships - and they're sisters. Serena Williams comes in as the defending champion, but a sibling rivalry could be enough for Venus to conquer the title holder.
2009 WIMBLEDON TENNIS RECAP:
Without injured defending champion Rafael Nadal, heavily favored Roger Federer added a 15th Grand Slam title to his resume, the sixth of his Wimbledon championships. He defeated sixth seeded Andy Roddick in the final. The Williams sisters returned to their fourth final together, this time Serena bested defending champion Venus, though they would share a second women's double championship in a row.
2009 WIMBLEDON TENNIS PREVIEW:
The 2008 Wimbledon men's finals has been described by some tennis experts as one of the greatest major finals in tennis history. Long-time rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal battled for five grueling sets late into the London night. When Nadal finally claimed the final set (9-7) the famous Centre Court at Wimbledon was cloaked in darkness. The lack of light did not stop the fans from applauding these two great championsp; or Nadal from celebrating his epic victory with family and friends.
How can Wimbledon 2009 surpass the excitement of last year's tournament? You will just have to be there live at Wimbledon to experience it for yourself. The main contenders in the men's category are Roger Federrer, Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and many more. The main contenders in the Women's category are Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic, Dinara Safina and others. With last year's champ Rafael Nadal out due to injury, who will challenge Federer? Will the Williams sisters return to the ladies final, with Serena getting the best of Venus this time?
Among the women, the William sisters, Jelena Jankovic and Elena Dementieva are the front runners to win this prestigious Grand Slam. Among the men, the odds are being placed on Roger Federer, who is highly motivated after his most recent French Open victory. Impossible to know the outcome at this point, but what is known is that Wimbledon is one of the most exciting sporting events on the calendar each year.