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Wimbledon 2018

The greatest fortnight in tennis is live from the All England Club once again in 2018 as The Championships – better known simply as Wimbledon – takes place from 2-15 July.

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The best tennis players in the world return to the All England Club for the 2018 edition of Wimbledon, which begins on Monday 2 July and ends on Sunday 15 July.

Defending champions Roger Federer, who defeated Marin Cilic in the 2017 final to capture his eighth singles title and become the all-time most successful male champion, and Garbine Muguruza, who beat Venus Williams to claim her first Wimbledon title, will head the field when the latest iteration of The Championships begin. 

Federer, as defending gentlemen’s singles champion, will open play on Centre Court at 1pm BST on the first day of the tournament, while Muguruza as defending ladies’ champion should take her turn to open play on Centre Court on Tuesday 3 July. The two halves of the draw then alternate until the weekend when Wimbledon – unique among the four major championships – takes a deep breath with no play at all scheduled on Middle Sunday. 

The second Monday of Wimbledon – often called ‘Manic Monday’, and scheduled to take place in 2018 on Monday 9 July – sees the two halves of the draw sync up with all 16 fourth-round matches played on one joyful, chaotic day. Thereafter the last eight men and women remaining in the draw play on alternate days until finals weekend, with the ladies’ final to be played on Saturday 14 July and the gentleman’s final on Sunday 15 July, all on the iconic Centre Court. 

Federer will be joined in the men’s draw by fellow multiple Wimbledon champions Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, who will be assured of the rapturous support of the home crowd especially after an almost year-long absence due to a hip injury which required surgery, while a younger generation of men’s stars, led by Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Hyeon Chung and Nick Kyrgios, try to make an impact at the sport’s most prestigious event. 

Seven-time ladies’ champion Serena Williams will attempt to surpass Steffi Graf as Open Era leader for most Wimbledon titles as she plays at the All England Club for the first time since becoming a mother, while Petra Kvitova, Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova join Muguruza as former champions aiming to reclaim the title.

Every singles match from The Championships 2018 will be available to stream online and livetennis.com’s team of analysts and tipsters will be covering each day of the tournament from first ball to last as Wimbledon 2018 takes place 2-15 July. 

Wimbledon history

No tournament on the tennis calendar, past, present or future, has such a rich history as Wimbledon, nor one so deeply interwoven with the evolution of the sport itself.

First played in 1877 at the same venue which still hosts the tournament today, the All-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (often known as the All-England Club or AELTC) in the west London suburb of Wimbledon, the first edition of Wimbledon saw a field of about 22 players contest what was then known as the Lawn Tennis Championships, with spectators paying a shilling each to watch the final.

The first women’s tournament was held in 1884, with Maud Watson winning a silver flower-basket worth 20 guineas as her trophy. Women at that time routinely played wearing full Edwardian dress, including corsets.

The All England Club hosted Olympics tennis in 1908, something it wouldn’t do again until the London Olympics in 2012 when Andy Murray won the gold medal in the men’s singles.

Great Britain’s William Renshaw won a remarkable seven titles between 1881 and 1889, a record that would not be equalled for about 100 years, although it’s worth noting that at the time the defending champion received a bye straight through to the final. This system – known as the Challenge Round – was not abolished until 1922. 

Initially three of the year’s four Grand Slams were played on grass, with the exception being the French Open who stayed true to the sport’s Riviera roots in that country by playing on red clay. But as hard courts began to replace grass courts due to the cost and difficulty of preserving such a delicate and finicky surface, other Grand Slams followed suit, the US Open abandoning grass in 1975 and the Australian Open in 1988. Only Wimbledon stayed true to traditional grass and is now the crowning event of a short but intense grass-court season in June and July, with significant warm-up events played at Queen’s Club, Halle, Edgbaston Priory Club in Birmingham and Devonshire Park in Eastbourne. 

Wimbledon was first televised in 1937 and is heavily associated with the BBC, its host broadcaster, with coverage presented by former French Open champion Sue Barker. Wimbledon’s unique aesthetics – the green grass, the all-white attire mandated for the competitors, the prevailing dark green and purple colour scheme and the lack of advertising hoardings – make it one of the most instantly recognizable sporting events in the world.

While it has continued to modernize, albeit sometimes reluctantly – it was the last major tournament to offer equal prize money to male and female champions, a change only instituted in 2007 – Wimbledon retains a traditional flavour which makes it stand out from the other Grand Slams, and often insists on doing things its own way. While professionals were allowed to compete at Wimbledon from 1968 onwards, with Australia’s Rod Laver and the USA’s Billie Jean King the first Open Era champions, Wimbledon has preserved certain pre-professional aspects such as the all-white clothing rule, no play on Middle Sunday, requiring fans to queue overnight to purchase tickets and acknowledging the Royal Box when entering or leaving Centre Court (although now players only bow when royalty are actually present). 

Most of tennis’s greatest and most memorable players have triumphed at Wimbledon, with Rafael Nadal, Stefan Edberg, Novak Djokovic, Boris Becker, John McEnroe, Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg among the male players who have won multiple titles, while Petra Kvitova, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Althea Gibson, Chris Evert, Venus Williams and Billie Jean King have all lifted the Venus Rosewater Dish at least twice. 

Fred Perry, champion in 1934-6, was the last British player to win the Wimbledon men’s singles title until Andy Murray triumphed in 2013, a feat he repeated in 2016. Virginia Wade in 1977 was the last British player to win the Wimbledon women’s singles title. 

Pete Sampras, who won the men’s singles title seven times between 1993 and 2000, was tied with amateur William Renshaw for most men’s singles titles until Roger Federer surpassed both by winning his eighth crown in 2017. Martina Navratilova is the most successful Open Era women’s player with nine singles titles between 1978 and 1990, closely followed by Steffi Graf (7) and Serena Williams. 

Why is Wimbledon so prestigious?

While Wimbledon is theoretically on the same level as the other three major championships, offering 2,000 ranking points to the winner as does the Australian Open, French Open and US Open, there’s an undeniable additional cachet that goes along with winning at Wimbledon. Just ask Ivan Lendl, who doggedly tried and failed to triumph at the All England Club while winning eight titles across the other three majors.

Some of that perception is undeniably to do with tradition. While all the four majors are old – the Australian Open traces its history back to 1905, the French Open to 1891 and the US Open all the way back to 1881 – the others have frequently changed venue and even surface in the case of the Australian and US Opens, while the Australian Open wasn’t even commonly played by European and American players for much of its history. Wimbledon, meanwhile, has been played at the same location, on the same surface and occupying the same pre-eminent position in world tennis since its inception. No other event has the same degree of brand identity and transcends the sport of tennis to such an extent. 

There’s also the physical and technical challenge posed by the fact that Wimbledon is played so soon after the French Open, with just three weeks – formerly two – separating the sport’s biggest clay-court event and its biggest grass-court event. This tight turnaround is exacerbated by the contrast between slow, high-bouncing clay and slippery, fast, low-bouncing grass, testing any player who attempts to win both to their limits – and indeed only a very few players have won both the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year, a feat known as the Channel Slam. Only four men – Rod Laver (1969), Bjorn Borg (1978-80), Rafael Nadal (2008, 2010) and Roger Federer (2009) – and six women, Margaret Court (1970), Billie Jean King (1972), Chris Evert (1974), Martina Navratilova (1982, 1984), Steffi Graf (1988, 1993, 1995-6) and Serena Williams (2002, 2015) have completed the Channel Slam in the Open Era. 

But more than anything, the conviction that Wimbledon is special, and to win at Wimbledon is special, is rooted in a desire to be part of its history – and there is no denying that many of the most iconic matches and events in tennis have taken place at Wimbledon. The famously fractious ‘You cannot be serious!’ tie break between John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg, Jana Novotna’s tears after squandering a seemingly unassailable lead, Boris Becker’s dazzling victory as a 17-year-old in 1985 and Goran Ivanisevic’s incredible run to the title as a wildcard in 2001 – all of these iconic events took place at Wimbledon. In the contemporary era, the barrier-breaking greatness of the Williams sisters, the legendary John Isner-Nicolas Mahut 11-hour serving duel of 2010 and the 2008 men’s final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal – widely recognized as the greatest match of all time, and one in which several rain delays and the oncoming darkness contributed to an unforgettable conclusion – have left indelible marks on global sport. 

Wimbledon statistics

Wimbledon champions

Previous winners at Wimbledon (in the Open Era)

YearMen's championRunner-upWomen's championRunner-up
1968Rod Laver (3)Tony RocheBillie Jean King (3)Judy Tegart Dalton
1969Rod Laver (4)John NewcombeAnn JonesBillie Jean King
1970John Newcombe (2)Ken RosewallMargaret CourtBillie Jean King
1971John Newcombe (3)Stan SmithEvonne GoolagongMargaret Court
1972Stan SmithIlie NastaseBillie Jean King (4)Evonne Goolagong
1973Jan KodesAlex MetreveliBillie Jean King (5)Chris Evert
1974Jimmy Connors Ken RosewallChris EvertOlga Mozorova
1975Arthur AsheJimmy ConnorsBillie Jean King (6)Evonne Goolagong Cawley
1976Bjorn BorgIlie NastaseChris Evert (2)Evonne Goolagong Cawley
1977Bjorn Borg (2)Jimmy ConnorsVirginia WadeBetty Stove
1978Bjorn Borg (3)Jimmy ConnorsMartina NavratilovaChris Evert
1979Bjorn Borg (4)Roscoe TannerMartina Navratilova (2)Chris Evert-Lloyd
1980Bjorn Borg (5)John McEnroeEvonne Goolagong Cawley (2)Chris Evert-Lloyd
1981John McEnroeBjorn BorgChris Evert-Lloyd (3)Hana Mandlikova
1982Jimmy Connors (2)John McEnroeMartina Navratilova (3)Chris Evert-Lloyd
1983John McEnroe (2)Chris LewisMartina Navratilova (4)Andrea Jaeger
1984John McEnroe (3)Jimmy ConnorsMartina Navratilova (5)Chris Evert-Lloyd
1985Boris BeckerKevin CurrenMartina Navratilova (6)Chris Evert-Lloyd
1986Boris Becker (2)Ivan LendlMartina Navratilova (7)Hana Mandlikova
1987Pat CashIvan LendlMartina Navratilova (8)Steffi Graf
1988Stefan EdbergBoris BeckerSteffi GrafMartina Navratilova
1989Boris Becker (3)Stefan EdbergSteffi Graf (2)Martina Navratilova
1990Stefan Edberg (2)Boris BeckerMartina Navratilova (9)Zina Garrison
1991Michael StichBoris BeckerSteffi Graf (3)Gabriela Sabatini
1992Andre AgassiGoran IvanisevicSteffi Graf (4)Monica Seles
1993Pete SamprasJim CourierSteffi Graf (5)Jana Novotna
1994Pete Sampras (2)Goran IvanisevicConchita MartinezMartina Navratilova
1995Pete Sampras (3)Boris BeckerSteffi Graf (6)Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
1996Richard KrajicekMaliVai WashingtonSteffi Graf (7)Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
1997Pete Sampras (4)Cedric PiolineMartina HingisJana Novotna
1998Pete Sampras (5)Goran IvanisevicJana NovotnaNathalie Tauziat
1999Pete Sampras (6)Andre AgassiLindsay DavenportSteffi Graf
2000Pete Sampras (7)Patrick RafterVenus Williams Lindsay Davenport
2001Goran IvanisevicPatrick RafterVenus Williams (2)Justine Henin
2002Lleyton HewittDavid NalbandianSerena WilliamsVenus Williams
2003Roger FedererMark PhilippoussisSerena Williams (2)Venus Williams
2004Roger Federer (2)Andy RoddickMaria SharapovaSerena Williams
2005Roger Federer (3)Andy RoddickVenus Williams (3)Lindsay Davenport
2006Roger Federer (4)Rafael NadalAmelie MauresmoJustine Henin
2007Roger Federer (5)Rafael NadalVenus Williams (4)Marion Bartoli
2008Rafael NadalRoger FedererVenus Williams (5)Serena Williams
2009Roger Federer (6)Andy RoddickSerena Williams (3)Venus Williams
2010Rafael Nadal (2)Tomas BerdychSerena Williams (4)Vera Zvonareva
2011Novak DjokovicRafael NadalPetra KvitovaMaria Sharapova
2012Roger Federer (7)Andy MurraySerena Williams (5)Agnieszka Radwanska
2013Andy MurrayNovak DjokovicMarion BartoliSabine Lisicki
2014Novak Djokovic (2)Roger FedererPetra Kvitova (2)Eugenie Bouchard
2015Novak Djokovic (3)Roger FedererSerena Williams (6)Garbine Muguruza
2016Andy Murray (2)Milos RaonicSerena Williams (7)Angelique Kerber
2017Roger Federer (8)Marin CilicGarbine MuguruzaVenus Williams

Who are the greatest Wimbledon players?

Roger Federer became the greatest Wimbledon men’s singles player of all time when he defeated Marin Cilic in the 2017 final to claim an eighth title. He is also the player whose titles span the greatest length of time, having first won Wimbledon in 2003 (d. Mark Philippoussis). 

Previously the record was held by Pete Sampras, who had won the title seven times between 1993 and 2000. The exception was 1996, when he lost in the quarterfinals to Richard Krajicek. 

Sampras’s seven titles had him tied with William Renshaw of Great Britain, the most successful amateur era Wimbledon player, who won seven titles between 1881 and 1889.

Martina Navratilova is the greatest Wimbledon women’s singles player of all time, with nine titles between 1978 and 1990. She also reached the Wimbledon singles final a record 12 times, including for nine consecutive years between 1982 and 1990. Navratilova and Billie Jean King have both won a combined 20 Wimbledon titles when women’s and mixed doubles titles are taken into account. 

Serena Williams and Steffi Graf are the next most successful Open Era players, with seven Wimbledon titles each. 

The USA’s Helen Wills Moody is the most successful amateur Wimbledon ladies singles player, with eight titles between 1927 and 1938. 

The most successful families in the history of Wimbledon are unquestionably the Doherty brothers and the Williams sisters. Reginald Doherty won Wimbledon four times and his brother Laurence five times between 1897 and 1906. Venus Williams won Wimbledon five times and her sister Serena seven times between 2000 and 2016. 

Only two unseeded players have ever won the Wimbledon title: Boris Becker in 1985, and Goran Ivanisevic, who was a wildcard, in 2001. Venus Williams is the lowest-seeded Wimbledon ladies’ champion, having won in 2007 as the 23rd seed. 

Wimbledon records

Most aces (men) – Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia, who served 212 aces on his way to the title in 2001

Most aces (women) – Serena Williams of the USA, who served 102 aces on her way to the title in 2012

Most aces served in a match – John Isner of the USA, who served 113 during his 2010 epic with Nicolas Mahut

Fastest serve (men) – Taylor Dent of the USA served 148mph at Wimbledon 2010

Fastest serve (women) – Venus Williams of the USA served 129mph at Wimbledon 2008

Longest match – John Isner d. Nicolas Mahut, 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68, on Court 18 in 2010. The match lasted 11 hours and five minutes with the final set alone taking 8 hours, 11 minutes (longer than the previous longest recorded match in tennis history) 

Youngest champion (men) – Boris Becker, who was 17 years and seven months when he won Wimbledon in 1985

Youngest champion (women) – Lottie Dod, who was 15 years and nine months when she won Wimbledon in 1887

Oldest champion (men) – Arthur Gore, who was 41 years and six months when he won Wimbledon in 1909

Oldest champion (women) – Charlotte Cooper, who was 37 years and eight months when she won Wimbledon in 1908

Without dropping a set (men) – Only five players have won Wimbledon without dropping a set: Don Budge (1938); Tony Trabert (1955); Chuck McKinley (1963); Bjorn Borg (1976) and Roger Federer (2017)

Without dropping a set (women) – Fifteen different women have won Wimbledon without dropping a set, most recently Lindsay Davenport (1999), Serena Williams (2002, 2010), Venus Williams (2008) and Marion Bartoli (2013)

Saving match point (men) – Four men have saved match point at Wimbledon and gone on to win the title, most recently Neale Fraser in 1960

Saving match point (women) – Three women have saved match point at Wimbledon and gone on to win the title, most recently Serena Williams in 2009, who saved match point against Elena Dementieva in the semi-finals before going on to beat Venus Williams in the final

Sponsors – Wimbledon is one half of the longest sponsor partnership in sporting history, with Slazenger having supplied the balls for The Championships since 1902

Catering – Wimbledon is the largest annual catering event in Europe, with 34,000kg of English strawberries and 320,000 glasses of Pimm’s among the refreshments served

Middle Sunday – Only four times in history has play taken place on Middle Sunday, on all occasions due to rain: 1991, 1997, 2004 and 2016

Rain-free Championships – Only seven editions of Wimbledon have been played entirely without rain since records began in 1922: 1931, 1976, 1977, 1993, 1995, 2009 and 2010

How do the biggest stars fare at Wimbledon?

Wimbledon player performance: Top men

PlayerTitlesFinalsMain-draw appearancesWin-loss record2017 result
Roger Federer831991-11Champion (d. Cilic)
Novak Djokovic311358-10QF (retired against Berdych)
Andy Murray211257-10QF (lost to Querrey)
Rafael Nadal231243-10R4 (lost to Muller)
Marin Cilic011027-10Runner-up (lost to Federer)
Milos Raonic01720-7QF (lost to Federer)
Tomas Berdych011442-14SF (lost to Federer)

Wimbledon player performance: Top women

PlayerTitlesFinalsMain-draw appearancesWin-loss record2017 result
Serena Williams721786-10Did not play
Venus Williams542087-15Runner-up (lost to Muguruza)
Petra Kvitova201030-8R2 (lost to Brengle)
Maria Sharapova111346-12Did not play
Garbine Muguruza11515-4Champion (d. Venus Williams)
Agnieszka Radwanska011242-12R4 (lost to Kuznetsova)
Angelique Kerber011023-10R4 (lost to Muguruza)
Sabine Lisicki01927-9R1 (lost to Ana Konjuh)
Eugenie Bouchard01510-5R1 (lost to Suarez Navarro)

Wimbledon live streaming

Although it may seem like a fusty old institution, Wimbledon has actually been at the forefront of tennis broadcasting since the tournament was first televised in 1937 – and has been no stranger to technical innovation since the first ever colour pictures broadcast by the BBC were live from Wimbledon in 1967. 

Wimbledon was quick to embrace online streaming and digital broadcasting and now every singles match, as well as the majority of the doubles, legends, junior and wheelchair competitions, is streamed live online. 
Bookmakers have licensed these streams so that customers betting on the match or with funded accounts can enjoy live streaming of Wimbledon tennis matches, whether they are in their own home or on the go. Streams are available on computer, tablets, mobiles and all devices. 

Whether you’re partaking in some in-play betting or just tuning in to see how a favourite gets on, you can enjoy safe, legal, high-quality streams from all courts on all days of Wimbledon. 

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