The Hologic WTA Tour heads to Wimbledon for the grass-court season finale. World No.1 Iga Swiatek leads a field that includes five former champions, including seven-time champion Serena Williams, who took a singles wild card.
Here’s what you need to know:
When does the tournament start?
This year marks the 135th edition of the Wimbledon Championships, which are being held at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Main draw singles play begins on Monday, June 27. Play begins on all outdoor courts at 11:00 a.m., on Court 1 at 1:00 p.m. and on Center Court at 1:30 p.m.
This year will see the end of Wimbledon’s traditional day off, Middle Sunday. There will be play during the 14 days of the championships. The AELTC will celebrate 100 years of center court at its current location with a special ceremony on middle Sunday.
What is the format?
The championships are played on outdoor grass with the Slazenger Wimbledon ball. There will be electronic calls on all courts. All matches will be played best of three sets. A 10-point tiebreaker in the final will be introduced this year, ensuring consistency with other Grand Slams.
When is the final?
The singles final will be played on Saturday, July 9 at 2 p.m. local time. The doubles final will be played after the men’s final on Sunday 10 July. The mixed doubles final will be played after the women’s semi-final on Thursday 7 July.
Who are the best seeds?
World number one Iga Swiatek is expected to be the youngest seed at Wimbledon in over a decade. No. 40 Sara Sorribes Tormo is the 32nd seed.
The numbers behind Iga Swiatek and the top seeds at Wimbledon
The 16 Best Seeds
1. Iga Swiatek
2. Anett Kontaveit
3. Ons Jabeur
4. Paula Badosa
5. Maria Sakkari
6. Karolina Pliskova
7. Danielle Collins
8. Jessica Pegula
9. Garbiñe Muguruza
10. Emma Raducanu
11. Coco Gauff
12. Jelena Ostapenko
13. Barbora Krejcikova
14. Belinda Bencic
15. Angelique Kerber
16. Simona Halep
Who are the defending champions?
Ashleigh Barty fulfilled her dream of winning Wimbledon last summer, beating Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 to win her second major title.
In doubles, Hsieh Su-Wei and Elise Mertens saved two match points to defeat Veronika Kudermetova and Elena Vesnina 3–6, 7–5, 9–7 to claim their first Slam title as a team.
What does the draw look like?
The draw ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 24.
What is the prize money offered?
First round: £50,000
Second round: £78,000
Third round: £120,000
Fourth round: £190,000
Ranking points will not be awarded at Wimbledon this year.
Seeded Swiatek moves to SW19: Swiatek was junior champion at Wimbledon only four years ago. Now, having won his last six tournaments, including his second major title at Roland Garros, Swiatek is looking to extend his 35-game winning streak. A title run would extend Swiatek’s streak to 42 matches, which would be the ninth-longest winning streak in WTA history. Although she admits she is still learning how to effectively deploy her devastating grass game, Swiatek posted her career-best result at Wimbledon last year in the round of 16.
Serena Williams returns: The last time Serena was on a singles court, she was forced to retire in the first round of Wimbledon last summer. Following her return to doubles competition at Eastbourne, the 23-time major champion is set to make her singles return at Wimbledon.
Jabeur puts Paris behind her: Jabeur entered Roland Garros in scintillating form only to be upset in the first round. So far, the Tunisian hasn’t let the disappointment linger. She nailed her top seed in Berlin to claim her second title of the year and will go to Wimbledon as world No. 2. Jabeur posted his best result at Wimbledon last year in a run to his second major quarter-final.
Gauff ready for a big step on the grass: After playing in her first grand final at Roland Garros, the 18-year-old American is now looking to Wimbledon, where she has never lost before the round of 16. So far, she has shown no signs of post-Paris disappointment. Gauff played her first semi-final on grass in Berlin.
Raducanu returns home: The defending US Open champion put her name on the map at Wimbledon last summer, making the Round of 16 a wild card. Needless to say, a lot has happened since. The 19-year-old was unable to play a grass court event this summer due to injury. Wimbledon will therefore be his only home tournament.
Veterans wanting to have their say: Former champions Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep and Petra Kvitova all had a solid winning streak in the week leading up to Wimbledon.
Beatriz Haddad Maia wins the dark horse title: The 26-year-old Brazilian has won Nottingham and Birmingham and is in the Eastbourne quarter-finals. It’s 12-0 on grass, a run that earned him a top seed at Wimbledon. The last Brazilian woman to win Wimbledon was Maria Bueno, who won the event three times in 1959, 1960 and 1964.