Wimbledon is considered by many to be the most prestigious of the four Grand Slam tournaments; the US Open, the French Open and the Australian Open being the other three. The All England Club has been the venue for the tournament since 1877 and is one of the most defining aspects of the tournament in London.
Wimbledon is the third Grand Slam in the calendar year and it is contested on grass. The Australian Open and the US Open are hard court games whereas the French Open is a clay court tournament.
Wimbledon 2012 starts on the 25th June and continues for a two week period, ending on 8th July. This game of lawn tennis has 3 invitational events, 4 junior events and 5 major events each year.
It is an exciting period for men’s tennis this time with a list of high quality players competing for the title. With the tournament just a couple of days away, the favourite this year is a lucky guess, with four big players competing for the title.
For five years in a row (2003-2007) Roger Federer was the reigning Wimbledon champion until he got ousted by Rafael Nadal in the memorable Wimbledon final of 2008. Wimbledon is home for Federer and the Swiss maestro will always be in with a shout of winning the title – there is still life in Federer’s legs just yet.
Andy Murray, the British No. 1 is another favourite vying for the Wimbledon crown this year. High hopes from the British crowd has always seemed to taint British tennis stars in their quest to win Wimbledon. If Murray can keep his head on, focus on the game – he will be considered a serious threat for the title this year.
After defeating Federer, Rafael Nadal went on to win his second Wimbledon in 2010 until he was beaten by Novak Djokovic last year. Djokovic is the current world No 1 champion with Nadal in second place. The current world No 1 and world No 2 will always be there or there abouts – confidence will be high in both men, both former champions, both with the pedigree to win.
Only time will tell if one of the four will win Wimbledon this year.