Next week sees the commencement of the most famous, prestigious and attention-grabbing tennis tournament in the world. With a long and illustrious history, that dates all the way back to 1877, Wimbledon draws in the crowds and the biggest names in the sport year on year.
One of the biggest pre-tournament talking points has surrounded the eligibility of players who are not vaccinated against Covid-19, as the decision was recently made to allow non-vaccinated players to compete. That means that the defending champion Novak Djokovic will have the opportunity to win a third Wimbledon title in a row and continue his recent dominance of the tournament. Since 2014, he has only failed to win at the home of tennis on two occasions – when Andy Murray won in 2016 and then when Federer claimed his record eighth title the following year
The Serbian was famously unable to play in the year’s first major, the Australian Open, due to having his visa cancelled as a result of his vaccination status. That left the door open for Spaniard Rafael Nadal to claim his record-breaking 21st major victory, overtaking both Djokovic and Federer in the process. Nadal then went on to do what he does best and claim victory on clay at the French Open in May, giving him his 22nd major title and leaving his two closest rivals on 20.
The iconic battle between the three greats will continue for the remainder of their careers, although Federer won’t be featuring at the All England Club this year due to injury. Djokovic is entering the tournament as top seed, however, none of the big three currently appear in the top two of the men’s world rankings, which astonishingly marks the first occasion the top two has not featured at least one of them since 2003.
The top two spots are currently taken by the Russian Daniil Medvedev and German Alexander Zverev. One-time major winner Medvedev will not have the chance to claim his first Wimbledon title this year, however, following The All England Tennis Club’s decision to ban players from Russia and Belarus from playing in the tournament, in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
As for the ladies, Polish world number 1, Iga Swiatek, goes into the fortnight on the back of an incredible 35-match win streak. She’s won her last six events, including the French Open, and will be amongst the favourites this time around. Last year’s winner, Ashleigh Barty, will not be there to defend her title after announcing her retirement from the game in sudden fashion back in March, however, we are set to see seven-time Wimbledon champion, Serena Williams, competing again for the first time since she was forced to retire during her opening match at the 2021 Championships.
Both the lady’s and the men’s tournaments promise to provide excitement and drama throughout and you can be there to see it. Blend Group is offering a luxury package with access to the most premium debenture seats available on both Centre and Number One Court. From here you can enjoy unrivalled views of the action, complemented with the option of fine dining at one of the debenture restaurants or lounge bars, enabling you to sample the gourmet food and fine wines on offer during breaks in play.
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