For anyone considering tickets to Wimbledon but unsure when to go, here is our guide to this year’s tournament schedule with Wimbledon 2013 dates and the action at each stage last year.
This year’s Wimbledon takes place from the 24th June – 7th July, hopefully at the height of summer (we are due some good weather!) On the men’s side of the draw, Wimbledon 2013 looks set to be a Four way contest between defending champion Roger Federer, World no. 1 Djokovic, a resurgent Rafa and Britain’s Andy Murray who proved his grand slam credentials with last year’s US Open and Olympic triumphs. On the women’s side, Serena Williams is unbeatable on her day but women’s tennis remains predictably unpredictable. And then there’s the doubles…
Wimbledon 2013 Schedule
Men’s singles champion opens play
Day One and Two feature all the tournaments big names in action. Monday in 2012 saw Novak Djokovic open with a comfortable win over former French Open Champion Juan Carlos Ferrero. There was a shock defeat for Venus Williams and Latvian prodigy Ernest Gulbis upset 6th seed Tomas Berdych.
Tuesday 25th June
Ladies singles champion opens play
Last year Serena Williams opened with a comfortable win whilst Andy Murray opened his campaign.
Men’s and Ladies Singles and Doubles plus Mixed Doubles
These days provide a rich variety of matches for tennis fans. As the draw progresses into the 2nd, 3rd and 4th rounds there is plenty of action and some increasingly tight contests with no shortage of upsets. Thursday saw one of the greatest shocks in Wimbledon history with a shock 2nd round defeat for Rafael Nadal to world number 100 Lukas Rosol.
Tuesday 2nd July
Ladies Singles Quarter Finals
As the second week continues the competition hots up. In addition to the scheduled Ladies Quarter Final action, the second Tuesday frequently includes men’s Fourth Round action. This day can provide great value for money with high calibre action and relatively cheap hospitality ticket prices for the show courts.
Wednesday 3rd July
Men’s Singles Quarter Finals
The second Wednesday sees some high octane action, whilst Federer swept past Youzhny, Murray had to be at his very best to battle past Ferrer.
Thursday 4th July
Ladies Singles Semi Finals, Men’s Doubles Semi Finals
The tennis reaches another level as by now only the best few players remain and have raised their level having overcome stern tests along the way. Last year Radwanska set up a final with Serena Williams.
Men’s Singles Semi-Finals, Ladies Doubles Semi-Finals, Mixed Doubles Semi Finals
Friday of week 2 promises outstanding tennis as Centre Court gets the best of the action with both the men’s semi finals. In 2012 Andy Murray and Roger Federer came through epic encounters with Jo Wilfred Tsonga and Novak Djokovic respectively to reach the men’s singles final. Doubles action also provides great entertainment with players displaying rapid reactions around the net in fast paced play.
Saturday 6th July
Ladies Singles Final, Men’s Doubles Final, Mixed Doubles Final
The finals get under way. Last year Serena Williams once again prevailed after being forced to a decider by Radwanska, whilst underdog duo Britain’s Jonny Marray and Danish partner Frederik Nielsen triumph in the men’s doubles final
Men’s Singles Final, Ladies Doubles Final
The men’s final is the climax of the tournament and has witnessed some dramatic encounters in recent years. In 2012 Roger Federer was at his majestic best to triumph once again whilst Andy Murray shared with a nation the pain in defeat that spurred him on to Olympic and U.S Open triumphs.
Credit for Pictures
In order of appearance: Tim Schofield, Carine 06, Not Enough Mega Pixels, Darren Johnson