WIMBLEDON IN DETAILS: SCHEDULE, PRIZE MONEY AND ATP POINTS, CHARTS, HISTORY AND PLAYERS:

Wimbledon-2018

Wimbledon is coming soon and tennis fans are excited. The oldest tennis tournament in the world and the most traditional Grand Slam of the tennis calendar starts next July 2nd, 2018, and ends on July 15th, when the champion will be crowned. Roger Federer, the biggest name in Wimbledon’s history, will fight for his 9th title in London. Garbiñe Muguruza, Serena Williams, Simona Halep and Sloane Stephens concentrate the odds of taking the Ladies’ singles trophy.

 

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WIMBLEDON: PRIZE MONEY & ATP AND WTA POINTS

Wimbledon’s men and women champions will earn £2.25 million (USD $2.65 million), and runners-up will make 1.125 million pounds. In 2018 Wimbledon raised prizes by 7.6% (compared to 2017) for a total prize money of £34million. Players participating only in the first round will make £39,000. The doubles champions in Wimbledon (both men and women) receive a prize of £450,000 per pair.

The US Open, to be played late in August in New York City, reigns as the best rewarding tennis tournament for professional players. The champions (male and female) in NY will take home $3.7 million dollars.

Wimbledon champions sum 2,000 points on the singles ATP / WTA rankings, while runners-up will make 1,200 points. Players who lose in the first round gather only 10 points.

 

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Wimbledon prize money and points chart follows:

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WIMBLEDON: SCHEDULE

Wimbledon takes place during 2 weeks in London, UK. The world’s best ranked men and women tennis players participate on the main draws. 112 men are directly qualified to the main draw, and the remaining 16 spots will be disputed by players participating on the Wimbledon’s qualifying tournament that takes place from Monday, June 25th to Thursday 28th. For the female draw there are also 12 spots on stake on the qualifying tournament. There are also men and women doubles tournaments, mixed doubles, as well as junior tournaments and wheelchair tournaments (male and female).

 

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 WIMBLEDON STARS AND THE MAIN FAVORITES FOR THE TITLE

As it happens since 2003, when he defeated Mark Philippoussis to conquer Wimbledon for the first out of the eight times he would do so, Swiss genius Roger Federer is the tournament outstanding superstar. Federer holds an unbelievable record of 11 finals in London, and leads the odds as the fans’ favorite for the title.

A few players who perform very competitively on the grass can make things much more challenging for Roger Federer this year: Marin Cilic, the 2017 runner-up, the German raising star Alexander Zverev and the 3 times Wimbledon’s champion Serbian Novak Djokovic are real threats. In addition to those names, Rafael Nadal who just finished a close-to-perfection clay season and captured his 11th Roland Garros trophy is always a natural contender, even though he last reached Wimbledon’s finals in 2011. Chances are that one out of those 5 players will be the champion in London in 2018.

But tennis is not as precise as mathematics and some talented players could upset the top favorites. Kevin Anderson, Juan Martin del Potro and Swiss Stan Wawrinka do have the talent and experience it gets to face the five big favorites. We could also be surprised by emerging NextGen tennis players that have nothing to lose like Stefano Tsitsipas, Shapovalov, Hyeon Chung and American wonderkid Frances Tiafoe. Other players that could have a long run in Wimbledon are grass specialists like American giant John Isner (ranked 10th on ATP), the unpredictable Australian Nick Kyrgios and Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (6th). Veterans like Philipp Kohlschreiber and Tomas Berdych are other players that no one would like to face on Wimbledon’s tricky courts.

On the women’s draw, there are at least 10 players with real chances of taking the trophy home: Romanian Simona Halep, current WTA leader and Roland Garros champion, is the favorite to win her 2nd back to back Grand Slam. Alongside with her, 2017 champion Garbiñe Muguruza and current ATP 2nd ranked Caroline Wozniacki lead the odds. Sloand Stephens, who recently reached Roland Garros finals, and Czechs Petra Kvitová and Karolina Plisková are also big contenders, as are the raising American starts Madison Keys and Catherine Bellis. Latvian Jelena Ostapenko (Roland Garros champion in 2017), Daria Kasatkina and Naomi Osaka could also do some harm on the grass.

 

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SERENA WILLIAMS AND VENUS WILLIAMS: 14 out of 18 Wimbledon’s finals

Serena Williams and Venus Williams are not getting younger, indeed. But since Venus defeated Lindsay Davenport in 2000 (to capture the first of her 5 Wimbledon’s championships) in 14 out of 18 finals one of the players on court would have Williams surname. Serena, who gave birth to her first child Alexis Olympia has recently resumed her career and in Paris she would win 3 matches in a row (defeating WTA 7th ranked Pliskova in the first round) to eventually withdrawing on the Round of 16, due to a pectoral muscle injury. Venus lost on the first round in Paris and so far, her best moment in 2018 took place in Indian Wells (semi-finalist). Wimbledon, however, is played on a very particular surface and betting against the Williams sisters in London, statistically, might be very very dangerous.

 

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WIMBLEDON: THE TOURNAMENT HISTORY

The Wimbledon tennis tournament is one of the oldest sporting events in the world. Wimbledon is actually the name of the district in the suburbs of London (South West) where the tournament, formally called “The Championships, Wimbledon” is held at the All England Club. The tournament, that was first played in the year 1887, has been played in the same place ever since.

Some unique Wimbledon’s traditions have stuck on to it over its 138 years history. Those famous (and sometimes contradictory) traditions distinguish Wimbledon from other Majors.

Referring the men’s and women’s tennis events as “gentlemen’s” and “ladies” events sound 1900-ish. But the dress code is definitely Wimbledon’s biggest tradition and world-famous trademark: Players (both men and women) have to strictly wear white, no exceptions allowed.

Other very particular traditions in Wimbledon include the Royal Box where Royal Family members attend the matches – the Queen attended in 1957, ‘62, ’77 and 2010 – and not having sponsors advertising around the All England Club courts.

Wimbledon Centre Court’s history is outstanding: during World War II, a German bomb ripped through Centre Court in an air attack (October 1940) and some 1,200 seats were lost. The full repair finished only in 1949

 

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WIMBLEDON: ATTENDENCE, TICKET PRICES AND OTHER CURIOSITIES

Wimbledon’s total attendance in 2017 was 473,372 across 13 days.

The Centre Court at the All England Club accommodates 14,979 spectators and since 2009 a retractable roof covers the entire court, enabling matches during rain periods. Court No.1 has a 11,393 people capacity. Wimbledon has 40 grass courts in total (including 20 practice courts in Aorangi Park). Some 3,250 media professionals are accredited for the event.

Wimbledon was home for the longest match in tennis history. In 2010 American John Isner and French Nicolas Mahut battled for unbelievable 11 hours and 5 minutes (over three days). John Isner, the American giant, finally won the match by 70-68. Since Wimbledon has no tiebreak on the 5th and decisive set, the longest match in history required astonishing 183 games to be decided, including 138 in the final set.

Strawberries and fresh cream are also a longstanding tradition in London: 34 tons of English strawberries and over 10,000 liters of dairy cream are consumed during the tournament.

Ticket prices for Wimbledon 2018 can vary a lot. For the first week of play there are affordable tickets (Grounds Admissions) for only £25. A ticket for the Centre Court on Day 1 is priced at £60. Attending the most important matches, however, can be very pricey. The cheapest ticket price for the Wimbledon women’s final is £170, and £210 for men’s. Pricing for an exclusive, private VIP booth with first-class hospitality and a fine dining for the final is £5,565 per person.

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