It is one of the sport’s most iconic tournaments
One of the world’s most popular and iconic tennis tournaments is very nearly here.
Stars of the sport will descend on London to partake in Wimbledon 2023 in what is shaping up to be yet another great edition.
This year’s tournament will take place from Monday, July 3 until Sunday, July 16.
Serbian Novak Djokovic will be hoping to win his fifth straight Wimbledon title in a row, having claimed the crown in 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022, with the 2020 tournament cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Last year’s tournament saw Djokovic defeat Australian Nick Kyrgios in the final of the men’s singles, while the women’s singles crown was secured by Elena Rybakina, of Kazakhstan, who beat Tunisian Ons Jabeur.
Wimbledon forms one quarter of the Grand Slam tennis calendar, which is made up of the Australian Open, the French Open and the US Open. The London tournament is the only event among the four to still be played on the traditional tennis playing surface of grass.
Members of the Royal Family, stars of other sports, actors and singers are all regularly seen in the crowds of Wimbledon. The 2022 event attracted the likes of movie star Andrew Garfield, Prince William, singer Ellie Goulding and former footballer Wayne Rooney.
Wimbledon itself was founded almost 150 years ago, first being played in 1877, with the 2023 edition being the 135th held.
In total, there are five main events held throughout the two weeks of Wimbledon, including individual competitions for men’s and women’s singles and doubles, as well as the mixed doubles event.
Who are the bookies backing this year?
Understandably, Djokovic is the favourite amongst the bookies to retain his Wimbledon title once again, followed by the likes of Daniil Medvedev, Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner.
For the women’s singles, Iga Swiatek, Aryna Sabalenka, Elena Rybakina and Ons Jabeur are expected to play well and could all be in with a shout of making the grand final.