With the French Open already underway, everyone is looking forward to this summer of Grand Slam tennis. The main event in the tennis calendar takes place in a few weeks in London. The Wimbledon Championships should be a fantastic occasion, with the best players in the world battling it out to win the most prestigious of all the grand slam events. There are few grass court events during the season, which adds to the charm that surrounds Wimbledon. This year’s tournament should be a cracker, with plenty of players in line to potentially win the grand slam.
Wimbledon final tickets are available online, for those who are interested in witnessing this grand slam event in person. Centre court is a remarkable place during the last few days of the tournament, with fans often in a frenzy to see who claims the title.
On the men’s side of the draw, Novak Djokovic has to be the favorite for this event. He might have lost to Roger Federer last year, but Djokovic is world number one for a reason. His form is relentless, his fitness near perfection, and his five set record is tremendous. He will face plenty of challenges along the way, not least in the form of home favorite Andy Murray. Andy won the Olympic gold medal at Wimbledon last year, and won his maiden grand slam title a few weeks later at Flushing Meadows. He is desperate to win Wimbledon, for himself and the fans.
While the two younger men in the top four will fancy their chances of glory, it is not right to rule out the old guard of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Just when everyone thought Federer was done for good, he emerged from the 2012 Wimbledon Championships with the trophy. He dismantled Andy Murray in the final, showing his class and precision on grass. If Federer is in flying form, there are few who can stop him. His stamina and fitness may no longer be at their peak, but his natural ability gets him out of most situations.
Another man who should not be discounted is Rafael Nadal. He recently made his comeback from tendinitis in both knees, and has demonstrated some of his best form. He has reached eight out of nine finals, winning seven events. In all likelihood, he will come into Wimbledon as the French Open champion. Nadal has won Wimbledon twice, and will be looking to add another trophy to his collection. His fitness is an issue, with everyone uncertain as to how long his knees can last. However, if Nadal is anywhere near 100%, he could be the man to beat.
Tickets to any event during the two weeks of Wimbledon are available. Early round tickets give access to the grounds, providing the complete Wimbledon experience. These tickets should be purchased during the first few days, so you can catch as many matches as possible in the outer courts.
The women’s side of the draw is likely to be just as tightly contested as the men’s. Wimbledon has a way of bringing out the best in players, especially those who have a pedigree for grand slam success. In that case, it will be difficult to look beyond Serena Williams in this tournament. She has been in scintillating form, and captured the number one ranking. If she plays to her potential, she could go through the entire tournament without dropping a set. Serena showed such form last year, when she won Wimbledon and the Olympic Gold Medal. She won both tournaments without breaking a sweat, highlighting her superiority to the competition.
Despite Serena’s excellence, there are other contenders who will be looking to put in a strong showing. Maria Sharapova is one of those players. She is the world number two, and the only person who can go toe to toe with Serena on grass. Sharapova’s ground strokes cause Serena a lot of problems, but it is her movement that needs to be in top form. If Sharapova is lazy or lethargic, as she often is, Serena Williams will demolish her. On the other hand, a sprightly and quick Sharapova has every chance of besting her American challenger.
With every grand slam event that passes, we wonder if Caroline Wozniacki will ever win a major tournament. There is no doubt about Wozniacki’s talent, and she was the world number one for a very long time. However, her standards have slipped and she is only tenth in the world. Another early exit from Roland Garros highlights her wretched grand slam form. She will be hoping to finally break her grand slam curse, and make it to the Wimbledon semi finals. If she can get to that stage, anything is possible. Her game relies more on placement and movement than speed, which puts her at a disadvantage against Williams or Sharapova.