What to expect from Wimbledon 2018
This year’s Wimbledon Championships (2-15 Jul) are likely to demonstrate that age and experience mean everything, with domination from players who’ve been pounding the courts for two decades. As the most British of all sporting events returns, scroll on to find out who’s likely to win and how to get in.
In the women’s game, Serena Williams (aged 36) has been given a high-seed status, despite her giving birth to a daughter just 10 months ago and being absent from the game for around a year. The US star aims to win her eighth Wimbledon trophy since her first victory here in 2002.
Sweden’s Roger Federer, also 36, is currently the oldest-ever World No.1 and has won eight Wimbledon titles since 2003. Like Williams, he shows no signs of hanging up his racket.
Despite a series of serious injuries over the past few years, 32-year-old Spaniard Rafael Nadal has zipped back up the rankings and been hovering between No.1 and No.2 in recent months.
But who is the greatest-ever Wimbledonian? That honour belongs to Martina Navratilova: the American was crowned Ladies’ Singles Champion nine times between 1978 and 1990 (above in 1985). Federer and Helen Wills Moody are next, both claiming the singles title eight times each.
Find out more about visiting the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum here.
All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Church Rd, SW19 5AE.
T: 020-8946 6131.
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