Federer f-h contact via W fbThe 2015 Wimbledon men’s singles draw is being conducted at 10am local time in London on Friday 26 June at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.

The first round matches will begin on Monday 29 June at 11:30am with defending champion Novak Djokovic to play on centre court on the first day of the tournament as per the Wimbledon tradition.

A number of interesting facts about the men’s singles main draw are provided below, including when the draw is made, how the draw works, whom all the different types of participants are and how these are selected.

The men’s singles draw has a 128-player draw composed of 16 Qualifiers, 8 Wildcards and 104 Direct Acceptances. The direct acceptances are the highest 104 ranked players in the world at the cut-off date who are fit enough to compete. The cut-off date is six weeks prior to the main draw commencing i.e. 18 May 2015.

The Qualifiers:

The 128-player qualifying tournament will begin on Monday 22 June and run through to Friday 26 June. This event is unlike any other Grand Slam equivalent because it is NOT held at the same venue, instead it is held in the Bank of England Sports Centre in Roehampton.

Lucky Losers:

When a main draw direct acceptance withdraws from Wimbledon after the first round of qualifying has been completed, that available spot in the main draw is awarded to a lucky loser.

Any player that loses in the final round of qualifying and then signs-in for the singles main draw is eligible to receive a lucky loser spot into the main draw. The lucky loser spots are awarded in the order of highest ranked player to the lowest, hence the term, despite losing they are lucky to still compete in the main draw.

The Wildcards:

All of the 8 wildcard recipients will be confirmed before Sunday 21 June as the qualifying singles event will be drawn that day. The names of the wildcards must be removed from the participating players list in the qualifying singles event before the official qualifying draw commences.

The wildcards are selected by the AELTC Committee of Management who often choose not to award all 8 positions allocated for wildcards, which means the unused wildcard spots in the draw go the next highest ranked players who were originally outside the ranking cut-off for direct acceptance.

The Seeds:

A seeding is allocated to the 32 highest ranked players according to the Wimbledon grass court seeding system before the draw is made i.e. Monday 22 June 2015. There are 32 seeded players in a 128-player sized draw and they are separated in the draw so that they play two rounds against lower ranked opponents (unseeded players), before they meet another seed in the 3rd round.

If any of the seeded players withdraw after the draw has been made, then the 33rd highest ranked player becomes a seed, then the 34th player and so on. The seeded players do not receive a BYE in the 1st round of a Grand Slam event.

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Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon HT fb

The seeding for the Wimbledon women’s singles draw is based on the latest WTA rankings before the draw is made i.e. Monday, 22 June 2015.

The Top 32 ranked WTA players will be the seeds, with the only exception to following the order of merit is when the Seeding Committee decide changes are necessary “to make a more balanced draw”.

This exception makes the seeding for the women’s singles draw at Wimbledon different to the seeding system at each of the other Grand Slam tournaments.

The Wimbledon seeding committee does not make alterations lightly though and again this year decided NOT to change the order of seeds from the WTA ranking list. World No.26 Peng Shuai is missing, so is presumably injured so No.33 Caroline Garcia slips into the 32nd seeding position.

The 8 players whose names have been bolded have won at least one Grand Slam singles title thus far among the 32 seeds. Four of the seeds this year have won Wimbledon before: Venus and Serena Williams (5 each), Petra Kvitova (twice) and Maria Sharapova (once). Sharapova with a victory this year would make an 11 year time span, a Venus victory a 15 year and Serena a 13 year time span. Martina Navratilova holds the record with the most: 9 Wimbledon titles and a 13-year time span (from 1978 to 1990).

Wimbledon 2015 the Ladies Singles Seeds:

1 WILLIAMS, Serena
2 KVITOVA, Petra
3 HALEP, Simona
4 SHARAPOVA, Maria
5 WOZNIACKI, Caroline
6 SAFAROVA, Lucie
7 IVANOVIC, Ana
8 MAKAROVA, Ekaterina
9 SUAREZ NAVARRO, Carla
10 KERBER, Angelique
11 PLISKOVA, Karolina
12 BOUCHARD, Eugenie
13 RADWANSKA, Agnieszka
14 PETKOVIC, Andrea
15 BACSINSZKY, Timea
16 WILLIAMS, Venus
17 SVITOLINA, Elina
18 LISICKI, Sabine
19 ERRANI, Sara
20 MUGURUZA, Garbine
21 KEYS, Madison
22 STOSUR, Samantha
23 AZARENKA, Victoria
24 PENNETTA, Flavia
25 CORNET, Alize
26 KUZNETSOVA, Svetlana
27 STRYCOVA, Barbora
28 JANKOVIC, Jelena
29 BEGU, Irina-Camelia
30 BENCIC, Belinda
31 GIORGI, Camila
32 GARCIA, Caroline

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Petra Kvitova 2014 Wimbledon Champion

The 2015 Wimbledon women’s championships are the 122nd time the Wimbledon women’s singles tournament will be held.

The dates, what the schedule of play is for every day i.e. what time play commences for each session and which round is being played are listed to make it easier for you to follow, watch and/or attend this tournament.

Pictured is Petra Kvitova at Wimbledon just after the contact point for this forehand where she is striking the ball high enough from the court to really play an aggressive shot with less spin to hit a winner or force her opponent into error.

Kvitova defeated No.13 seed Eugenie Bouchard 6-3 6-0 in 55 minutes just 1 minute shy of fastest ever women’s final by hitting 28 winners to just 12 unforced errors. The 24-year-old Czech was the first player born in the 1990’s to win a Grand Slam singles title and still remains the only one.

The 1.83m left-hander goes into Wimbledon 2015 with a 27-5 career record at SW19 looking for a third All England Club Championship title, after earning her first in 2011 against Maria Sharapova.

The schedule of play for the 2015 Wimbledon Women’s Singles tournament is:

Qualifying event:

Tuesday 23 June: Qualifying 1st round at 10am;
Wednesday 24 June: Qualifying 1st round at 10am;
Thursday 25 June: Qualifying 2nd round at 10am;
Friday 26 June: Qualifying final round at 12 noon;

Main Draw:

Week 1:

Monday 29 June: Main Draw 1st round from 11:30am;
Tuesday 30 June: 1st round from 11:30am;
Wednesday 1 July: 2nd round from 11:30am;
Thursday 2 July: 2nd round from 11:30am;
Friday 3 July: 3rd round from 11:30am;
Saturday 4 July: 3rd round from 11;30am; and
Sunday 5 July: no matches on this day.

Week 2:

Monday 6 July: Round of 16 from 11:30am;
Tuesday 7 July: Quarter Finals from 11:30am;
Wednesday 8 July: No women’s singles matches today;
Thursday 9 July: Semi Finals from 1pm;
Friday 10 July: No women’s singles matches today; and
Saturday 11 July: Women’s Singles Final at 2pm.

Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day.

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Key dates for Wimbledon 2015 are:

– The main draw events will commence on Monday 29 June, which for the first time is 3 weeks after Roland Garros ends effectively extending the grass court season.

– Qualifying rounds commence on Monday 22 June and will be completed on Friday 26 June unless rain significantly disrupts the schedule.

– The Ladies Singles Final will be played on Saturday 11 July as will the Ladies and Gentlemen’s Doubles Finals.

– The Gentlemen’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday 12 July as will the Mixed Doubles Final.

– The official draw ceremony will be conducted on Friday 26 June at 10am local time in the UK.

– Are there any other key dates or details you would like to know about? Please let me know and I’ll be sure to provide you the details.

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Novak Djokovic at WimbledonThe 2015 Wimbledon men’s championships are the 130th time the Wimbledon men’s singles tournament will be held.

The dates, what the schedule of play is for every day i.e. what time play commences for each session and which round is being played are listed to make it easier for you to follow, watch and/or attend this tournament.

Pictured above is Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon just after the contact point for the forehand where he is deftly creating space on a ball much closer to his body than he’d like to execute with precision and power. The 1.88m right-hander finished 2014 as the year-end World No.1 for the third time in the past four years (2011-12 and 2014).

Djokovic at 27-years-old is an 8-time Grand Slam singles champion. The Serbian extended his run to 5 years for winning at least one Grand Slam title a year with his triumphant performance at the Australian Open on 1 February.

Djokovic goes into Wimbledon 2015 with a 45-8 career record at SW19 and as the defending champion. Nole is looking for a third All England Club Championship title, after defeating both Roger Federer (2014) and Rafael Nadal (2011) in the finals.

The schedule of play for the 2015 Wimbledon Men’s Singles tournament is:

Qualifying event:

Monday 22 June: Qualifying 1st round at 10am;
Tuesday 23 June: Qualifying 1st round at 10am;
Wednesday 24 May: Qualifying 2nd round at 10am;
Thursday 25 May: Qualifying final round at 12 noon;

Main Draw:

Week 1:

Monday 29 June: Main Draw 1st round from 11:30am;
Tuesday 30 June: 1st round from 11:30am;
Wednesday 1 July: 2nd round from 11:30am;
Thursday 2 July: 2nd round from 11:30am;
Friday 3 July: 3rd round from 11:30am;
Saturday 4 July: 3rd round from 11;30am; and
Sunday 5 July: no matches on this day.

Week 2:

Monday 6 July: Round of 16 from 11:30am;
Tuesday 7 July: no men’s singles matches;
Wednesday 8 July: Quarter Finals from 11:30am;
Thursday 9 July: No men’s singles matches today;
Friday 10 July: Semi Finals from 1pm;
Saturday 11 July: No men’s singles matches today; and
Sunday 12 July: Men’s Singles Final at 2pm.

Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day.

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Eugenie Bouchard at Wimbledon 2014

Who do you think will win the Wimbledon women’s singles final today? The final commences at 9pm Singapore time i.e. 2pm local time in the UK and you can check the odds at allpro.

2011 Wimbledon champion 24-year-old Petra Kvitová takes on No.13 seed Genie Bouchard. Kvitova, the 1.83m left-handed Czech has the edge in both experience and their head-to-head record, a 6-3 6-2 victory in their only previous meeting – in 2013 in Eugenie’s homeland, Canada.

The 20-year old Bouchard’s previous best at Wimbledon was making it to the 3rd round in her first Wimbledon appearance last year. 2014 has been a whole new ball game for the 1.78m right hander, who is the only WTA player to make the singles semi finals or better of all three Grand Slams this year.

Bouchard has not dropped a set on her path to the final and is setting personal bests and first times for everything. On Monday Genie will be in the Top 10 for the first time. In juniors Bouchard reached a career-best World No.2 and won the Wimbledon junior singles title in 2012 – just 2 years ago. Many players perform best in their WTA career at the same Grand Slam as they did in juniors, so a rare junior and open Wimbledon may just be on the cards.

Bouchard’s path to the final –

  1. Semis d. [3] Simona Halep 7-6[5] 6-2
  2. Quarter Finals d [9] Angelique Kerber 6-3 6-4
  3. Round 4 d. [25] Alize Cornet 7-6[5] 7-5
  4. Round 3 d. [20] Andrea Petkovic 6-3 6-4
  5. Round 2 d. Silvia Soler-Espinosa 7-5 6-1
  6. Round 1 d. Daniela Hantuchova 7-5 7-5

Kvitová’s path to the final –

Semis d. [23] Lucie Safarova 7-6[6] 6-1
Quarter Finals d Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-1 7-5
Round 4 d. Peng Shuai 6-3 6-2
Round 3 d. [30] Venus Williams 5-7 7-6[2] 7-5
Round 2 d. Mona Barthel 6-2 6-0
Round 1 d. Andrea Hlavackova 6-3 6-0

 

 

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The evolution of the Wimbledon prize money awarded to the women over the past 50 years i.e. 1963 to 2013, is covered in an interesting info graphic you can see below or in its original full size at this link-> Evolution of Sports.

The 2013 Wimbledon prize money for the women’s singles champion was increased by a further 10 per cent in 2014 i.e. from £1.6million to 1.76million for the victor in the Ladies Singles Final on Saturday 5 July commencing at 2pm local time.

 EvolutionOfSports

Wimbledon logoWimbledon is the only Grand Slam played on natural grass courts. Wimbledon has been held at the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) since 1887.

The 2014 edition of The Championships run from the first day of qualifying on Monday 16 June through to Sunday 6 July for the Gentlemen’s Singles Final.

I encourage you to “Follow” Wimbledon on Twitter like I do, the official handle is @Wimbledon and the official 2014 hashtag is #Wimbledon. Please “Like” the official Wimbledon Facebook page just as I do by pasting http://www.facebook.com/Wimbledon into your address bar then click “Like” once you are there.

The 2013 women’s singles champion was Marion Bartoli who defeated Sabine Lisicki in the final 6-1, 6-4. The 2013 singles champion was Andy Murray who defeated Novak Djokovic in the final 6-4, 7-5, 6-4.

OnCourt Advantage makes it easier for YOU to find the information you are looking for by listing each web page related to Wimbledon below.

Wimbledon 2013
Wimbledon 2012
Wimbledon 2011
Wimbledon 2010

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