2nd – 7th, 9th – 15th July 2018
First held in 1877, Wimbledon is quite rightfully considered the home of Tennis. Oddly enough, ‘Center Court’ was mis-named between 1922 and 1997: it was central at the old site on Nursery Road, but when the club moved to it’s current site it wasn’t, not until the opening of additional courts in 1997. This two-week extravaganza only breaks for one day and that is in order to allow the grass to have a rest (hence why there is no play on the 8th). Every year there are tweaks, changes and upsets and here is what we are looking forward to this year.
At the time of writing Rafael Nadal is the bookies favourite to win the men’s singles with a 6/1 rating. However, if you don’t fancy putting your money on the Spaniard, Roger Federer is proving to be a very popular bet as he defends his title. Over on the ladies’ side, Garbiñe Muguruza is defending her crown against odds-on favourite Simona Halep. At the time of writing it has not been confirmed whether Andy Murray has yet recovered enough from his operation in Australia and British hopes may well be resting on the shoulders of Kyle Edmund and Johanna Konta. However, Murray has just made an appearance at Queen’s so we will have to wait and see.
The Doubles are bit harder to predict, it’s a completely different beast and cooperation is as key to success as technical ability is. After their victory at the French Open Pierre-Hugues Herbert and France Nicolas Mahut look like favourites to claim the Men’s Doubles title. Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková, both of the Czech Republic, claimed the Women’s Doubles in France, hopefully they will be able to repeat their success. Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis are the defending Champions for the Double’s title. Let’s hope that Andy’s older brother and his Swiss friend can beat off the challenge from Latisha Chan and Ivan Dodig.
This year there is a new fixed roof on the Court Number 1 as the new retractable roof won’t be ready until 2019. Perhaps the biggest change this year is the introduction of the ’50-50’ rule, first introduced at the Australian Open earlier this year. This is an attempt to deter competitors from concealing injuries and playing on until they qualify for prize money, then pulling out as soon as they can. Players now risk losing all of their pot if the authorities deem them guilty of this.
So that’s it, your whistle-stop summary of some of the changes for Wimbledon 2018. As with all sporting events, things will become a little clearer closer to the time. Qualifying will begin on Monday 25th June. As with all sporting fixtures, there is no better way to experience this Championship event than by being there. We, of course, provide hospitality packages. Contact us for further details: 0203 905 1750 / [email protected]