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Wimbledon: When Is The Draw & More

  • Posted: Jun 25, 2019

Wimbledon: When Is The Draw & More

All about the grass-court Grand Slam tennis tournament

Since 2003, only four players — Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray — have won the Wimbledon singles title. All eyes will be on the quartet again at The Championships in 2019, with Djokovic, Nadal and Federer leading the chase for the singles title and Murray continuing his comeback by playing doubles.  

Djokovic made an emotional run to his fourth Wimbledon title last year at The All England Club, a triumph that lifted the Serbian back into the Top 10 and helped him propel to an year-end No. 1 finish in the ATP Rankings. “It took me many tournaments, but I couldn’t pick the better place, to be honest, in the tennis world to peak and to make a comeback,” he said. 

Two-time champion Nadal will come to Wimbledon on a 12-match winning streak after celebrating his first two titles of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome and at Roland Garros. Eight-time champion Federer will also enter the grass-court major with momentum after clinching his 10th title at last week’s NOVENTI OPEN in Halle.

Murray, who in 2013 became the first British male singles champion since Fred Perry in 1936, will focus his efforts on doubles as he teams up with Pierre-Hugues Herbert. In his first tournament back from hip surgery, Murray capped off a dream week with Feliciano Lopez at The Queen’s Club by winning the Fever-Tree Championships title.

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Here’s all you need to know about Wimbledon: when is the draw, what is the schedule, where to watch, who won and more.  

Established: 1877

Tournament Dates: 1-14 July 2019

Chief Executive: Richard Lewis

Draw Ceremony: Friday, 28 June at 10:00am, at The All England Club

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Schedule (View On Official Website)
* Qualifying: Monday, 24 June – Thursday, 27 June
* Main draw: Daily play begins at 11:00am on outside courts, 1:00pm on Centre & No. 1 Courts from Monday, 1 July
* Doubles final: Saturday, 13 July
* Mixed doubles final: Sunday, 14 July
* Singles final: Sunday, 14 July at 2:00pm

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Venue: The All England Lawn Tennis Club
Main Court Seating: 15,000

Prize Money: £17,769,000   

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Honour Roll (Open Era)
Most Titles, Singles: Roger Federer (8)
Most Titles, Doubles: Todd Woodbridge (9)
Oldest Champion: Roger Federer, 35, in 2017
Youngest Champion: Boris Becker, 17, in 1985
Lowest-Ranked Champion (since 1979): No. 125 Goran Ivanisevic in 2001
Most Match Wins: Roger Federer (95)

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2018 Finals
Singles: [12] Novak Djokovic (SRB) d [8] Kevin Anderson (RSA) 62 62 76(3)  Read & Watch
Doubles: [7] Mike Bryan (USA) / Jack Sock (USA) d [13] Raven Klaasen (RSA) / Michael Venus (NZL) 63 67(7) 63 57 75  Read & Watch

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Did You Know… Since the first Championships in 1877, Wimbledon has grown from its roots as a garden-party tournament to a Grand Slam tournament with a following of millions around the world. The only Slam contested on grass continues to honour many long-standing traditions, including a strict dress code for competitors, the eating of strawberries and cream and royal patronage.

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Wimbledon qualifying 2019: Naomi Broady out, but Samantha Murray and Gabriella Taylor through

  • Posted: Jun 25, 2019
Wimbledon qualifying
Venue: Bank of England Sports Centre, London Dates: 24-27 June
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Britain’s Naomi Broady lost in Wimbledon qualifying, but compatriots Samantha Murray and Gabriella Taylor advanced to the second round.

American Kristie Ahn beat wildcard Broady, 29, 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-4), while Taylor won 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 against France’s Chloe Paquet.

Murray, 31, faltered in the second set but eventually claimed a 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 victory against China’s Peng Shuai.

Former Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki beat Timea Babos 6-3 3-6 6-3.

Broady, now ranked 352 in singles, was not the only Briton to fall on the first day of women’s qualifying, with Eden Silva, Emma Raducanu, Naiktha Bains, Maia Lumsden and Francesca Jones all defeated in the opening round.

World number 362 Murray will face Cristina Bucsa in the second round and Taylor will play 12th seed Ysaline Bonaventure.

Lisicki, who reached the final at the All England Club in 2013, will take on Ankita Raina in the next round.

The 16 players who make it through three rounds of qualifying will earn a place in the Wimbledon main draw.

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Andy Murray & Marcelo Melo beaten in doubles at Eastbourne International

  • Posted: Jun 25, 2019

Andy Murray fell to a first defeat since starting his comeback in doubles in the first round of the Nature Valley International at Eastbourne.

Murray and Brazilian Marcelo Melo lost 6-2 6-4 to Colombian top seeds Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal.

The Briton struggled on serve at Eastbourne, being broken three times out of four.

Murray had won the doubles alongside Feliciano Lopez at Queen’s last week in his first tournament since hip surgery.

They defeated Farah and Cabal in the first round of that tournament but the Colombian pairing were always in control at Devonshire Park.

Murray ‘most likely’ to play mixed at Wimbledon

Murray will now head to Wimbledon, where he will partner Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the men’s doubles.

After Tuesday’s defeat, he told BBC Sport that he was “most likely” to also play mixed doubles at SW19 but is a little concerned about the wear and tear on his body.

The Scot, 32, had thought he might not play again before hip resurfacing in January left him “pain free”.

“I spoke to some of the doubles players the last few days about why they don’t always play mixed and they just said they had some situations where the weather has not always been so good,” he said.

“And because doubles is best of five [sets], and you play with the advantage scoring, you can get backed up and end up playing four matches in two days. I just need to be certain that my body’s ready for that. So I’ll chat to my team a bit about that and decide probably by the end of tomorrow, I would imagine.”

Murray is yet to finalise a potential partner for the mixed, having been turned down by singles world number one Ashleigh Barty and Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic.

He added: “I’ve spoken to a few of the players the last few days about it, so there’s a few kind of lined up and I said I would let them know in the next couple of days.”

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First setback since return

Three-time Grand Slam singles champion Murray surpassed his own expectations by winning the men’s doubles title at Queen’s alongside Lopez, but his partnership with Melo did not gel so well.

Murray was broken in the opening game and although he and Melo immediately brought up four break points on Farah’s serve, the British-Brazilian pairing could not convert any of them. They would be their only break points of the match.

A Murray volley into the net gave up another break and the Colombians comfortably wrapped up the set.

The Briton was broken to love in the third game of the second set and although he held serve at the fourth attempt, there was to be no comeback.

“They just played a lot better than us today. They got off to a quick start and deserved to win,” said Murray.

Farah and Cabal will play British pairing Dan Evans and Lloyd Glasspool in the quarter-finals.

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'It doesn't seem right' – Nadal concerned about Wimbledon seeding

  • Posted: Jun 25, 2019
Wimbledon 2019 on the BBC
Venue: All England Club Dates: 1-14 July
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World number two Rafael Nadal says “it doesn’t seem right” that he could be seeded behind world number three Roger Federer at Wimbledon.

Wimbledon seeding is different from the other Grand Slams in that it does not always follow world rankings and is affected by grass-court performances.

It means Federer may be seeded ahead of Nadal, who could be in the same half of the draw as Novak Djokovic.

“It’s just Wimbledon that does it,” said 12-time French Open winner Nadal.

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Speaking to Spanish TV station #Vamos, Nadal added: “If everyone did it, I think it would be appropriate or correct. Either way, being second or third seed, I have to play at the best level to aspire to the things I aspire to.

“It is better to be second than third, but if they consider that I have to be third, I will accept.”

Wimbledon seedings will be announced on Wednesday and Nadal, 33, is likely to be behind defending champion Djokovic and eight-time winner Federer, who won his 10th title at the grass-court tournament in Halle last week.

The Spaniard lost in the Wimbledon semi-finals to world number one Djokovic last year but had not made it past the fourth round in his five previous appearances.

Nadal’s viewpoint was supported by Djokovic, who played at the Boodles exhibition event at Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire on Tuesday.

“It’s their rules and you have to respect it, although it’s a little bit surprising to be honest,” said Djokovic.

“Roger is the greatest of all time and has won the most Wimbledon titles of any player in history and if any player deserves it it’s him, but at the same time it’s Nadal that he is taking over (from as) the second seed.”

If he is seeded third, Nadal might have to beat Djokovic to reach the final.

The world’s top 32 players will be seeded, but the order may not follow that of the world rankings.

Wimbledon’s system favours grass-court specialists – taking a player’s ATP ranking points, doubling the points earned at grass-court tournaments in the past year and adding on 75% of the points earned on grass the previous year.

The women’s seedings follow the WTA ranking list but changes can be made for a “balanced draw”, which is why Serena Williams, ranked 183rd before last year’s tournament, was 25th seed in 2018.

The 2019 tournament begins on Monday.

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Farah/Cabal Gain Revenge Against Murray In Eastbourne

  • Posted: Jun 25, 2019

Farah/Cabal Gain Revenge Against Murray In Eastbourne

Colombians looking to win third title of 2019 this week

Andy Murray will not win back-to-back grass-court doubles titles to kick off his 2019 comeback.

Top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah avenged their opening-round loss to eventual Fever-Tree Championships titlists Murray/Feliciano Lopez on Tuesday at the Nature Valley International in Eastbourne. The Colombians breezed past Murray/Marcelo Melo 6-2, 6-4.

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Murray was broken to start the match but the pairing had four consecutive chances to break, from 0/40, the next game. Cabal/Farah, however, saved all four break points and were efficient throughout the opening-round contest, winning 83 per cent (10/12) of their second-serve return points. The reigning Rome and Barcelona champions will next meet Brits Daniel Evans/Lloyd Glasspool.

Fourth seeds Dominic Inglot/Austin Krajicek beat Nicholas Monroe/Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 7-5 and will next play Marcus Daniell/Wesley Koolhof, who beat Brit brothers Ken Skupski/Neal Skupski 7-5, 7-6(10).

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Ben McLachlan/Frederik Nielsen saved five of six break points and advanced past Juan Ignacio Londero/Cameron Norrie 6-3, 6-7(1), 10-5. McLachlan/Nielsen will next meet third seeds Fabrice Martin/Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who beat Brit wild cards Scott Clayton/James Ward 6-2, 6-0.

Rohan Bopanna/Pablo Cuevas also made the quarter-finals, beating Marco Cecchinato/Dusan Lajovic 6-2, 7-5 and will next face second seeds Maximo Gonzalez/Horacio Zeballos.

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New Tournament, Same Winning Feeling For Simon

  • Posted: Jun 25, 2019

New Tournament, Same Winning Feeling For Simon

Frenchman stays hot on the grass

Sixth seed Gilles Simon showed little wear and tear as he won the fifth of his past six matches on Tuesday at the Nature Valley International in Eastbourne.

Simon dismissed American qualifier Tennys Sandgren 7-5, 6-1, breaking five times to make the second round of the ATP 250 event. The 34-year-old Frenchman fell in the final of the Fever-Tree Championships, an ATP 500, on Sunday to Spain’s Feliciano Lopez. Simon will next meet Chilean Nicolas Jarry, who beat Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas 6-1, 7-6(4).

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Italian Thomas Fabbiano will next meet second seed Laslo Djere after pushing past Brit qualifier James Ward 2-6, 6-3, 6-1. #NextGenATP Brit Jay Clarke also fell in three sets, losing to Argentine lucky loser Juan Ignaco Londero, who made the fourth round at Roland Garros, 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-3. Londero will next meet fifth seed Fernando Verdasco of Spain.

Two other Brits, however, found a way through to the second round. ASB Classic champion Cameron Norrie won 82 per cent (40/49) of his first-serve points and beat France’s Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 7-6(4), and wild card Daniel Evans beat Moldovan Radu Albot 7-6(2), 6-2. Norrie will next play compatriot and third seed Kyle Edmund.

“Grass-court tennis is just one or two points, and the last two matches I’ve played have been really, really tight. It’s good learning for me, and I definitely have to embrace these short points when I’m playing big servers,” Norrie said.

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Evans will face Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert, a 5-7, 7-6(8), 6-4 winner against American Denis Kudla. “It was a big fight against a very good grass-court player,” Herbert told “I was down 1-4, balls for 1-5, I don’t really know how I managed to come back. I saved two match points too, so I’m happy to come through. It was a hard match.”

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Johanna Konta beats Maria Sakkari to reach Eastbourne International third round

  • Posted: Jun 25, 2019
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Venue: Devonshire Park, Eastbourne Dates: 23-29 June
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Britain’s Johanna Konta beat Greece’s Maria Sakkari 6-4 7-6 (7-3) to reach the third round of the Nature Valley International at Eastbourne.

The world number 19 was 5-3 down in the second set but fought back to secure victory in one hour and 37 minutes.

Konta, 28, will play Ons Jabeur in the third round after the Tunisian defeated Mandy Minella 2-6 6-2 6-1.

“There was so little in this match. I felt she was playing better than me for most of that match,” Konta said.

“I’m really pleased to have stayed tough and created as many opportunities as possible.”

Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber progressed by beating Sam Stosur 6-4 6-4 and plays Rebecca Peterson in the last 16 after the Swede saw off Lesia Tserenko 7-6 (8-6) 6-4.

Konta had to save two break points in the fourth game of the match before a drop shot-volley combination saw her break Sakkari for a 3-2 lead.

Having taken the first set, the French Open semi-finalist appeared the more likely player to break through in the second set until a fall seemed to unsettle her and Sakkari broke to love for a 5-3 lead.

However, she was unable to serve out the set and Konta wrapped up the win in a tie-break with a forehand winner.

Earlier, France’s Alize Cornet knocked out Ukrainian fifth seed Elina Svitolina 7-5 6-2 in a match delayed by rain on Monday. She will play Zhang Shuai in the third round after the Chinese player saw off Daria Gavrilova 6-3 6-1.

Dutch third seed Kiki Bertens defeated Yulia Putintseva 6-4 6-1 and next plays Germany’s Anna-Lena Friedsam who upset 16th seed Anett Kontaveit 6-3 6-4.

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Defending Champion Dzumhur, Mannarino Reach Antalya Quarter-finals

  • Posted: Jun 25, 2019

Defending Champion Dzumhur, Mannarino Reach Antalya Quarter-finals

Third seed Thompson to face Dzumhur

Defending champion Damir Dzumhur earned a confidence boosting 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over Turkish wild card Altug Celikbilek on Tuesday as the fifth seed started his Turkish Airlines Antalya Open campaign. Having spent time on the sidelines this year with lower back, abdominal and shoulder injuries, it was just a seventh win for Dzumhur in 17 matches this year.

Dzumhur now plays third-seeded Australian Jordan Thompson, who knocked out American Bradley Klahn 7-6(7), 6-3 in one hour and 45 minutes for a place in the quarter-finals.

France’s Adrian Mannarino, runner-up at the ATP 250 tournament for the past two years, edged past Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 in two hours to set up a last-eight clash against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego, who completed a 6-7(3), 6-0, 7-5 comeback win over Indian Prajnesh Gunneswaran in just over two hours, winning 27 of 30 points in the second set.

“I think I am serving pretty well, but it’s never easy,” said Mannarino. “You can win or lose against anybody.”

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Elsewhere, German qualifier Kevin Krawietz recorded his first ATP Tour singles match win over Turkish wild card Cem IIkel 6-4, 6-4 in 59 minutes. Afterwards, Krawietz told, “It was a bit surprising as my focus is mostly on doubles now. Serve and volley works well on grass and I feel good at the net. Today, I played great volleys, didn’t commit any errors at the net.”

Krawietz, who captured the Roland Garros doubles title earlier this month with Andreas Mies, will now face Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta. Looking to the second-round match, Krawietz said, “I have already played a few matches. That could help me as it will be the first match here for him.”

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Eastbourne: Dan Evans and Cameron Norrie reach second round

  • Posted: Jun 25, 2019

Britons Dan Evans and Cameron Norrie reached the second round of the Nature Valley International at Eastbourne with straight-set victories.

Evans progressed with a 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 win over Moldovan Radu Albot and will face France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert or American Denis Kudla next.

Norrie, 23, beat Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-3 7-6 (7-4) in a match delayed by rain on Monday.

He will play British number one Kyle Edmund, the third seed, in round two.

Norrie, the British number two, saved a set point at 5-6 in the second set before sealing victory on his first match point.

Evans, 29, saved nine of the 10 break points he faced against Albot in the first set, which he took on a tie-break.

It was more straightforward in the second set as two breaks of serve ensured victory in one hour and 46 minutes.

Evans had lost to Albot in the final of the Delray Beach Open in February.

Potential opponent Kudla got into the draw as a lucky loser after Queen’s singles and doubles champion Feliciano Lopez withdrew from the event because of fatigue.

Evans, now ranked 65 in the world, won back-to-back titles at Surbiton and Nottingham this month but lost in the first round of Queen’s to Stan Wawrinka.

Another Briton, 20-year-old Jay Clarke, lost 6-7 (5-7) 6-1 6-3 to Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero.

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