Expect the annual dose of tennis fever to kick in during the next couple of weeks because Wimbledon is back and the glorious summer time weather has arrived just in time for it too. The pristine grass courts of the famous SW19 club will play host to the world’s best players who will fight it out for arguably the biggest title in the sport. As usual Andy Murray will be carrying the nation’s hopes of a home victory, but who else can we cheer for?
Find out what other prospects Britain has, and follow their progress in the tournament here:
In 2013 he became first British man to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936, and heading into this year’s tournament he claims he’s playing better tennis than he was during that campaign two years ago. He lost at the quarter-final stage last year but many predict him and Djokovic are the main contenders this time around. He faces a tough route to the final if he is to win with Federer and Nadal in the way of a potential meeting with Djokovic on the final day.
1st Round v Kukushkin – Won 3-0
2nd Round v Haase
21-year old Broady is a former junior doubles winner at Wimbledon as well as a finalist in the singles, so he certainly knows what it feels like to win on the grass. His senior career has yet to fulfil the potential he showed in his junior career but his results have steadily improved this year and the current world number 182 makes his first appearance in the main draw.
1st Round v Matosevic – Won 3-2
2nd Round v Goffin – Lost 3-0
Had it not been for injury James Ward might well be inside the world’s top 100, although the Londoner- who reached the second round of Wimbledon in 2012- has never seemed to get the luck he deserves when it comes to the big stage. After his first round opponent David Ferrer withdrew injured from the tournament though, he finally gets a favourable tie against a “lucky loser” from qualifying ranked below him.
1st Round v Vanni – Won 3-1
2nd Round v Vesely
Officially Britain’s number 2 ranked male, 25-year-old Bedene recently became a qualified Brit having switched nationalities from Slovenia. He faces former world number 8 Radek Stepanek in the first round and will be hoping to impress as he vies for a place in the Davis Cup quarter-final squad to play France at Queens in three weeks time.
1st Round v Stepanek – Won 3-2
2nd Round v Troicki
The 20-year-old from Yorkshire is hoping it’s third time lucky as he attempts to progress past the first round stage for the first time. He faces a tough match against Alexandr Dolgopolov in his quest to do so, but may well be confident having reached the second round at The French Open just a month ago, reaching a career high of world 101 in the process.
1st Round v Dolgopolov – Lost 3-0
25-year-old Aussie born Klein is set to make his first Wimbledon appearence after achieving relative success on the second tier ITF and Challenger circuits. He faces 25th seed Andre Seppi in the first round, a veteran player who has rediscovered his best form lately.
1st Round v Seppi – Lost 3-0
Britain’s number 1 Heather Watson is often praised for her great footwork and athleticism on court and has shown her talent in abundance since breaking onto the scene without yet being able to follow it with major success. At 22 she still has plenty of time to develop, but faces a tough ask to match her best effort of a third round appearance as she comes up against 32 seed Caroline Garcia.
1st Round v Garcia – Won 2-1
2nd Round v Hantuchova – Won 2-0
3rd Round v S Williams
She’s arguably the best British female on-form having reached the quarter final of 2 major grass tournaments in as many weeks lately, however she couldn’t have asked for a tougher first round draw than Maria Sharapova. She’ll be sure to give a good account of herself though.
1st Round v Sharapova – Lost 2-0
Sister of Liam Broady in the men’s draw, Naomi is actually taller than her younger brother at 6 ft 2 and has arguably her best chance of progressing at Wimbledon yet when facing unseeded Colombian Duque-Marino.
1st Round v Duque-Marino – Lost 2-0
Ranked as high as 27 in the world and Britain’s number 1 in 2013, Laura Robson has to start all over again as she enters Wimbledon as a wildcard off the back of a long injury lay-off. With little match-practice under her belt and no world ranking at all not many will have high expectations for her, but she’ll enjoy plenty of support nonetheless.
1st Round v Rodina – Lost 2-0