Grab your rackets and get ready to fall in ‘love,’ because it’s time for Wimbledon! The tennis tournament kicks off on June 27 and before Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic and others take to the court, here are 5 things to know about Wimbledon.
For some players and tennis fans, Wimbledon is the tennis tournament to win. Just ask Serena Williams, 34, Roger Federer, 34, Novak Djokovic, 29 and others – a win at Wimbledon can make a career. As tennis’s biggest stars head to jolly ol’ England for this epic event, learn a little more about why Wimbledon is so special.
1. Wimbledon is pretty old!
Wimbledon kicks off from London, England on June 27 and it runs until July 10. This year marks the 130th edition of Wimbledon, and it is the world’s oldest tennis tournament. The All England Club started this historic event all the way back in 1877, according to The Daily Express, and it’s arguably the most prestigious tournament in tennis.
2. This tournament could make history.
Winning Wimbledon would be big for Serena. She hasn’t won a single Grand Slam tournament this year. She lost to Angelique Kerber, 28, in the Finals of the Australian Open and she met defeat at the hands of Garbine Muguruza at the final of the French Open. She needs just one more Grand Slam win to tie Steffi Graf’s, 47, Open-Era record of 22 titles, according to Sporting Life. Will Wimbledon help her reach that record?
3. Roger Federer really wants to win this year.
Pete Sampras, 44, and Roger Federer are tied for the record of most Wimbledon championships (since the tournament started allowing professional players.) Each player has seven, though Roger could beat out Pete if he wins this year’s event. On the Women’s Singles side, Martina Navratilova, 59, currently holds the record of 9 Wimbledon wins. The 2015 winner, Serena Williams, currently has 6.
4. The winners take home more than a trophy.
A total of £28.1 million British pounds in prize money is up for grabs at Wimbledon, with £2 million (or $2,677,148) going to winners of the men’s and women’s events, each. However, with the British pound taking a beating following the U.K.’s Brexit vote, what initially started off as a $41 million prize is now worth only $38 million.
5. A couple of big names are missing Wimbledon.
Novak is a heavy favorite to win the Men’s tournament, along with Andy Murray, 29, and Roger Federer. However, these men won’t have to worry about Rafael Nadal, 30. The two-time Wimbledon champ (and arguably the greatest clay-court player in history) has pulled out of the tournament, citing a left wrist injury, according to The Washington Post. Of course, Maria Sharapova, 29, who achieved her first major win at Wimbledon in 2004, will also sit this one out, as she’s serving a two-year suspension for failing a drug test.
Are you excited for Wimbledon, HollywoodLifers? Who do you think is going to win?