All the top tennis players in the world have arrived in London for the third grand slam event of the year, Wimbledon. The All-England Club has hosted the tournament since 1877 making it the oldest tennis tournament in the world. It is the only grand slam event that is still played on grass and is often considered the most prestigious.
Even with 135 years of history already written, Roger Federer is again looking to add his name to the record book as he chases his seventh championship which would tie Pete Sampras and William Renshaw for the most men’s singles titles. Standing in the way of Federer’s seventh title are the two guys who have combined with Federer to win the last nine titles, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic and Nadal are the top two ranked players after meeting in the finals of the last four grand slam events including last year’s Wimbledon final which Djokovic won. The next top ranked player is Andy Murray who is also the best hope for a British winner. Murray has made three-straight semifinals appearances and is hoping this is the year he can make it into the finals.
The women’s singles has had a little more drama on opening day with five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams being ousted by Russian Elena Vesnina 6-1 6-3 on the first day. Now the focus will shift to Venus’ four-time Wimbledon Champion sister Serena Williams and 2004 Wimbeldon Champion Maria Sharapova. Even though the spotlight is on Serena and Sharapova there are upcoming players who could challenge for the championship including Victoria Azarenka, Agnieszka Radwańska and Petra Kvitová who bested Sharapova in the finals last year.
In today’s tennis the focus is on the singles game but there are also ladies doubles, men’s doubles, mixed doubles along with a number of junior and invitation events. For any tennis fan it is the place to be with everything takes place over two weeks on 20 courts. This year the All-England Club will have quick turnaround as a few weeks after the tournament they will host the tennis events for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
For more photos from day one and throughout Wimbledon check out Newscom.
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