The Prestige Grand Slam
Wimbledon is widely regarded as being the best tennis tournament in the world. One of the four Grand Slam events, Wimbledon is also known as being the most traditional of all the major tennis events and players must wear white during matches, the only one of the four Grand Slam tournaments to enforce this rule. The other Grand Slams are the Australian Open, French Open, and the US Open.
It’s this, along with the presence of royalty and special guests on centre court, which help it to stand out among the big tennis tournaments during the season.
However, the tournament comes alive when the players step on to court and whether it be the powerful serving, topspin forehand winners, backhand drop shots or players throwing themselves across court to make a volley, Wimbledon has it all.
Grass Grand Slam
Wimbledon is played on grass and over time, the predominant style of play has changed. Serve and volley players dominated but in recent years, players have started to dictate matches from the baseline. The ball bounces low and can often skid, forcing players to play shots from knee level.
The speed of the ball and inconsistencies of the bounce, make the grass courts of Wimbledon very exciting to watch.
It’s fair to say, if asked, the majority of professional tennis players would say Wimbledon is the one tennis tournament they would love to win, more than any other.
It’s also a great tournament to attend as a spectator and the grounds can hold up 39,000 people at any one time, yet tickets to the Centre and Number Courts are like gold dust around the time of the tournament.
Wimbledon Open 2018 – Golden Oldies To Shine
Other than Roger Federer, only Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have won the men’s title between 2003 and 2017.
Therefore, for those looking to enjoy a little flutter on the men’s singles at Wimbledon in 2018, it pays to look inside the top four seeds.
Federer won a record 8th men’s singles title in 2017, a remarkable achievement and in his post match interview stated his intention of coming back to Wimbledon in 2018.
The Swiss great will be 36 years old by the time Wimbledon resumes but will probably miss the clay court season, as he did in 2017. This will aid his preparation and he must be classed as the favourite to win at Wimbledon 2018.
Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic
Both Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic suffered from injury problems during the 2017 tournament and will be aiming to come into the 2018 championships in better condition.
While neither player is likely to take the same steps as Federer by missing the French Open, they are both in their 30’s and may attempt to manage their playing time. If they do, we can expect a great challenge from both players at Wimbledon 2018.
The same applies to Rafael Nadal, who will be 32 at the next Wimbledon tournament but will make a concerted effort to win the 2018 French Open. This may leave the Spaniard a little short of energy at the All England Club.
One man who will be full of energy is Alexander Zverev. He is one of the promising young players in the tennis world. The young German played well in 2017 before losing to Milos Raonic in a great five set match. If Zverev continues his progress, expect him to get further than the Round of 16 in the 2018 tournament and trouble the top seeds.
The 2018 ladies’ singles at Wimbledon will be special for the probable return of Serena Williams, who despite not having played in 2017 because of pregnancy is the bookmakers favourite. To witness Serena come back from having her first child and win Wimbledon would be a special ‘I was there’ moment and it would lift her above Steffi Graf and one title away from the legendary Martina Navratilova.
Her sister, Venus, did very well in making the final in 2017 but could not overcome Garbine Muguruza, who was hitting the ball superbly throughout the tournament. The Spaniard defeated Venus 2-0 in the final but may find Serena a tougher proposition in 2018.
Muguruza is sure to put up a stern fight in defence of her title but since 1997, only the Williams sisters have successfully defended the Wimbledon title.
Another player who will be hoping to return to the All England Club in 2018 is Maria Sharapova. Controversy has surrounded the Russian recently and it will be interesting to see what reception she receives from the Wimbledon crowd.
If there is one player who is guaranteed a great reception in the ladies draw it’s Johanna Konta. The British player reached the semi-final in 2017, her best performance at Wimbledon by some distance. If she could go one better in 2018, what’s to say we couldn’t see a British man and woman in the Wimbledon singles final for the first time since 1934?
So Why Wimbledon 2019?
In terms of British success at Wimbledon, Andy Murray ended a 77 year wait for a male home champion, when he defeated Novak Djokovic in the 2013 final. However, there has not been a British winner of the Ladies singles at Wimbledon since Virginia Wade in 1977. Many British fans are hoping Johanna Konta will put an end to that record in 2018.
Wimbledon is a tournament which is famous for its tradition and etiquette. Will Wimbledon 2018 see a break in tradition on the men’s side of the draw, with a surprise winner and will the top two seeds in the ladies’ draw reach the final for the first time in fifteen years?