All month long the men of the ATP World Tour and the women of the WTA Tour have been playing grass court matches, mostly in Britain, to prepare for The Championships Wimbledon, our third of four Grand Slam tennis events this year. The tournament is played at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, in London, and it runs from the 25th of June to the 8th of July, with a whopping fourteen million dollar prize purse and a singles draw of 128 plus a doubles draw of 64. It will of course be played on grass courts.
Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, starting in London in 1877. It has been held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club since the inception. It is the third of four Grand Slams, the first being the Australian Open, and the second being the recently finished French Open. The last Grand Slam of the year is the U.S. Open. However, out of all of the majors that are played, this is the only one that is played on grass, which was tennis' first real surface. Five major events happen in this tournament, and four junior events. There are also three invitationals.
The number one seed for the men is Novak Djokovic, with Rafael Nadal as the second seed. Roger Federer is the third followed by Andy Murray and JO Wilfried Tsonga. David Ferrer will be the sixth seed, and Thomas Berdych and Janko Tipsarevic are the seventh and eighth. As for the women, Maria Sharapova will be the number one seed for this tournament, followed by Victoria Azarenka and Agnieszka Radwanksa. Petra Kvitova will be the fourth seed on the ladies side, followed by Samantha Stosur, Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki and Angelique Kerber.
Posted: 20th June 2011
As the excitement of the French Open begins to fade we see another event on the near Horizon. The tennis Grand Slam at Wimbledon happens this week, starting Monday, June 20th and finishing up on July 3rd. The French Open saw history being made as Li Na won the women's singles final, while Rafael Nadal once again beat Roger Federer for his sixth French Open title. Watch this next Grand Slam event by clicking on the links on this page and getting your membership. You'll be able to watch live tennis right away from home or anywhere you have internet.
The Championships Wimbledon is one of the most well known tennis events in history, the only major to be held on grass courts at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. This event features a women's main draw of 128 singles and 64 doubles and the men's draw features 128 singles and 64 doubles. The prize money for this tournament is huge at 14,600,000 Pounds. Last year, Rafael Nadal beat Tomas Berdych for the men's singles title. For the ladies, Serena Williams took out Vera Zvonareva after just two sets with a final of 6-3, 6-2.
The top seed for the men in this tournament is Rafael Nadal with Novak Djokovic as the second, and Roger Federer as the third seed for Wimbledon. For the men, fourth seed is Andy Murray and fifth is Robin Soderling. Caroline Wozniacki has been named the top seed for the ladies, with Vera Zvonareva as the second, Li Na as the third seed and then Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova as fourth and fifth. Sign up now if you want to get access to Wimbledon live, from anywhere in the world that you have an internet connection.
Posted: 21st June 2010
One of the greatest Grand Slam tennis events of the year is coming up June 21st through July 4th. The grass court tournament known as Wimbledon will be held at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in London and this tournament is not only the oldest tennis tournament in the world, it is also the most prestigious and features some of the best tennis players in the world up against each other. Get your membership at any of the links on this page and you can be watching Wimbledon live in high quality video right from your computer.
Let's talk about last year's tournament. In 2009 Wimbledon was held from June 22nd to July 5th and the final match in the men's singles came down to Roger Federer and Andy Roddick. Federer, surprisingly not the defending champion, took the match with a final score of 5–7, 7–6(6), 7–6(5), 3–6. In the ladies singles it was another battle of sisters with Serena Williams beating sister Venus 7–6(3), 6–2. Serena and Venus Williams also took the women's doubles for America and the men's singles champions were Daniel Nestor and Nedad Zimonjic. Mixed doubles was won by Mark Knowles and Anna-Lena Gronefeld.
In the past decade one name has stood out among the men's singles champions. That name is Roger Federer. He has taken a total of six out of the last seven Wimbledon Championships. In fact, the only time that Federer didn't take a match since 2002 was in 2008 when Rafael Nadal won the event. As for the women's singles, there have actually been a few different champions over the past ten years, but there still is one name that stands out – Williams. A Williams sister has taken a Wimbledon final in eight out of the last ten tournaments played.
This year, no one seems to have a definite answer on who might take the champion. Roger Federer is the defending champion and he has a record of 76-2 on grass for the past seven years. Federer played his grass court warm-up in Germany at the Gerry Walker Open. He has done so six times in the past eight years. However, he's hoping that this year's Gerry Webber isn't indicative of the Wimbledon tournament to come, as he lost in the finals to Lleyton Hewitt, who has won at Wimbledon before and performs spectacularly on the grass courts.
The top seeds for the ladies aren't yet available for The Championships Wimbledon Live, but in the men's we have title defender Roger Federer as top seed. His second seed might be a contender at this year's Wimbledon as well. Andy Murray is second. Third seed is Novak Djokovic and Andy Roddick fourth. Fifth and sixth are Jo-Wilifriend Tsonga and Lleyton Hewitt and seventh and eighth are Tommy Haas and Juan Carlos Ferrero. Click on the links on this page to get your membership to see Wimbledon Live right from your computer.
The most prestigious tournament in professional tennis is June 22nd through July 5th from the All England Club in Wimbledon, UK, as it has every year since 1877. This Grand Slam tournament's history dates back over 100 years, and is the most highly anticipated and most watched professional tennis tournament in the world, and the only of the Grand Slam events to be played on grass.
The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club was founded in 1868, originally known as just a croquet club, with lawn tennis being introduced in 1875. Two year later, they changed the name to it's present form to include this new sport. The only event being held back then, was the men's singles – originally called the Gentleman's Singles and the 1877 event was won by Spencer Gore, in front of 200 spectators, each of which paid a shilling to watch the event. The ladies weren't introduced to Wimbledon until 1884, when Maud Watson became the first champion.
This is the third grand slam of the year, with the Australian Open and the French Open already having been held this year, and the last Grand Slam is the US Open in August. This year, a major change came the the Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, with a retractable roof being fitted that can close in under two minutes, so that a stray rainstorm won't cause more than a few seconds delay.
The first of the Grand Slams, the Australian Open, was played from January 19th through February 1st of this year, from Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. Serena Williams grabbed her fourth Australian Open title then as well as her tenth Grand Slam title, taking the women's singles title, then going on to partner up with her sister Venus, and winning the women's doubles as well. It came as no surprise when Rafael Nadal took the men's singles title for 2009, even against the legendary Roger Federer. This was a year for Nadal to make his country proud as he became the first Spaniard to have won the Australian Open. The men's doubles title was taken home by brothers Bob and Mike Bryan.
In the second Grand Slam it was Roger Federer who got to claim a Grand Slam title for 2009, winning the men's singles against Robin Soderling. The doubles champions were Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes. For the ladies, it was Svetlana Kuznetsova taking home the women's singles while Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual took charge and won the women's doubles against Victoria Azarenka and Elena Vesnina with an incredible two set win 6-1, 6-1. The French Open was May 24th through June 7th and it was held in Paris, at Stade Roland Garros. This was the 108th edition of the Roland Garros Grand Slam event.
The schedule of play won't be released until June 14th for this year's Wimbledon Championship, but let's take a look back at last year's tournament which was held June 23rd through July 6th, 2008, with much of the entire world watching as the greatest men's and women's professional tennis players in the world made history.
Day 12 had the women's singles final held at Centre Court between sixth seed Serena Williams and seventh seed Serena Williams. This was the third time the sisters had met in a Wimbledon final, and Serena was looking to add to her title collection including those from 2002 and 2003. Venus won in 2000, 2001, 2005 and 2007. The ladies had competed in seven Grand Slam finals, with Serena winning five times, and Venus only twice. In this final, Serena started strong but her sister came back after getting her groove, taking the first set 7-5. The second set, Venus again had some trouble with her serve, but again was able to recover in time, and took the final title from her sister after two sets, with a final of 7-5, 6-4.
The next Centre Court event was the men's doubles and it happened between former world number one Jonas Bjorkman, who had tucked away three Wimbledon doubles championships earlier in his career. He was paired with Kevin Ullyett and they faced off with Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic. The game went for two and a half hours and took four sets to decide. The first set won by Nestor and Zimonjic 14-12, with Bjorkman and Ullyett taking the second 7-3. The third and the fourth were nearly identical and finally ended with Nestor and Zimonjic taking the 2008 Men's Doubles Championship with a final of 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3.
The last final of day 12 was the women's doubles, played between Serena and Venus Williams, with Venus still flush from winning the women's singles crown. They challenged 16th seed Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur, the 2002 champion, with the Williams sisters making a strong showing as they had all day, ending the women's doubles final after only fifty eight minutes of gameplay with a final of 6-2, 6-2 with Venus and Serena Williams taking home the Women's Doubles Championship title for Wimbledon 2008.
The men's final took place the next day, on day 13 of Wimbledon, and the Centre Court was the stage of champions for Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Federer was a master of the grass and had previously taken a Wimbledon title five times throughout recent years, and he was looking to add one more to his resume, equaling William Renshaw's record of six consecutive. However, both men had to wait to show what they had, as rain delayed the match for thirty five minutes, a dellimna solved this year, with the addition of the retractable roof. Finally, the match resumed and Rafael Nadal surprised everyone by beating Federer, and winning his first Wimbledon title in a match lauded as “the greatest match ever played” by some.
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Posted: 25th June 2012
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