Wimbledon 2019 is slowly approaching with the qualifiers in full swing, heating up the game before the two-week tournament gets underway. The event is prestigious in the sports world and is one of the oldest tennis tournaments in the world, making Wimbledon a prime calendar date for many tennis fans. With all the preparations in action for Wimbledon there’s only one thing left to do and that’s to get the Pimm’s on ice in, not forgetting the strawberries and cream to compliment.
It’s bye-bye Wimbledon this year for Katie Boulter as she is withdrawn from the tennis tournament due to back injuries. The Leicester born tennis player also had to be withdrawn from the French Open earlier this month due to back injury, which has since saw her world ranking drop.
Liam Broady is set for his departure at the Wimbledon qualifiers after being knocked out the tournament by Grégoire Barrère, leaving Broady with a 6-6-6 defeat. The London tennis tournament currently stands with no British players in the men’s singles this year, after the main man Andy Murray undergoes surgery. Can he come back to Wimbledon and grab the Brits a win in the men’s doubles?
British women’s singles saw Samantha Murray carry the Brits to the qualifiers for Wimbledon 2019, after Brit Gabriella Taylor was beaten by German tennis player Bonaventure. Men’s singles player Broady seems to be taking Andy Murray’s place in the singles after Murray had undergone surgery in previous months, seeing him only competing in the doubles next week with 2016 singles champ Pierre-Hugues Herbert. While Murray’s wife Samantha, takes centre court for the Brits at the qualifiers, where she will be facing 2015 French Open singles winner Paula Badosa. The Brits will be looking to secure the victory at Wimbledon this year after not having a victory in sight since Jamie Murray won the mixed doubles in 2017.
The current Wimbledon seedings have seen Novak Djokovic take the top spot in the men’s singles with Rafael Nadal, the world’s second top player being demoted to third place in the Wimbledon seeding under Roger Federer. Federer has won 10 titles in the men’s singles but that may be changed shortly to eleven at this year’s Wimbledon, with an ever so exhilarating match at one of the worlds biggest tennis events between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The two players previously met at the Australian Open final which saw Federer lead straight sets.
Stefanos Tsitsipas makes his mark in the sport as he becomes the highest ranked Greek player in the history of tennis, after beating Federer in the Australian Open earlier this year. The young Greek learnt from his previous experience against French Open winner Nadal who took the win, after taking five of the six sets. Tsitsipas could be near to his first grand slam title victory after a fantastic performance this year, which saw him in the final for two Opens; Miami Open doubles finalist and Madrid Open singles finalist.
History was made at Roland Garros for Ashleigh Barty as she won the women’s singles on home soil at the Australian Open with 6540 points. She is the first Aussie to win the title since 1973! Her success places her first in the ranking for the women’s singles, taking her 163 points above previous world number one Naomi Osaka, who’s been knocked down to second place in the rankings. But with Serena Williams back to business at Wimbledon, Barty faces a challenge, especially as no has yet surpassed Serena’s consecutive victories at both Wimbledon and Australian Open. Not many achieve consecutive wins at two major tournaments but with Barty’s winning strike in Australia and the Birmingham Open could she achieve two consecutive grand slams in 2019 and be added to the list.
The grass courts seem no problem for the world number one Novak Djokovic, as he prepares for Wimbledon in his home country of Serbia where there are no grass courts, leaving Djokovic to practise on hard courts. A different feel to what he will be playing on at Wimbledon, but with his experience at the Wimbledon, this should be no job for the Serbian, as he returns to the All England Club hoping for his fifth win.
It’s a British quarter final over at Eastbourne where Dan Evans, Cameron Norrie and Kyle Edmund fight for their survival into the Nature Valley International finals. Evans secured his place in the final after his victory against 2016 doubles champion Pierre-Hugues Herbert with a 6-3 7-5 win, beating Andy Murray’s doubles partner. After returning back to the court Evans and doubles partner Lloyd Glasspool lost their shot for the double’s final against the top-flight Colombians Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal. British player Norrie was left out of the final after Edmund took a 6-2 6-2 win after his dry patch from the Queens Club Opening Championship at the start of the month.
Though the All England Club gates returns the three-time grand slam champion Angelique Kerber. She returns back to defend her title, which saw her take the 6-3 6-3 victory from Serena Williams last year. It’s Kerber’s lucky month as she takes another good win from Eastbourne after straight sets against Simona Halep, seeing her into the semi-finals of Eastbourne International. The former world number one has a busy month ahead of her as she enters Wimbledon and the Eastbourne semi-finals, where she’ll be hoping to take an important win at both tournaments.
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