Wimbledon Championships 2018

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by Benjamin Betit

The highly regarded 132nd annual Wimbledon Championship takes place at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club from the 2nd of July to the 15th. The most esteemed of the four grand slam tournaments will host participants in men’s and women’s singles, doubles, invitation matches, and wheelchair singles and doubles. The reigning 2017 champions of the singles include Switzerland’s Roger Federer and Spain’s Garbiñe Muguruza.

The Wimbledon championships’ prestige reigns merely from the preservation of the many traditions that have been held for the last 132 tournaments. Such examples include the strict all-white dress code, the ball boys and ball girls, the disbursement of tickets, the grass courts, etc. Wimbledon’s signature aspect compared to the rest of the grand slam tournaments has to be the specific 8mm tall perennial ryegrass. Having experience playing at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club gives athletes an advantage over those who’ve never played on grass. Hence why some might consider Federer’s success with eight singles championships due in part to his experience on the ryegrass. Nevertheless, this could be the year a young tennis star shows promise at Wimbledon, despite having less experience.

The Championships at Wimbledon are known for the high emphasis on class and tradition while showcasing the world’s most talented players of the game. If you are looking to get further into the action of Wimbledon and participate in betting on this year’s matches, apply for, apply for membership here and join us.

How to Watch the Matches

The Wimbledon Championships will broadcast nine courts on live television, which marks more than any other grand slam event. In the United Kingdom, this year’s matches will be broadcasted live via BBC1 and BBC2. Live online streaming will also be available via the BBC website. Other broadcast stations available to catch the action include Eurosport UK, the Wimbledon Channel, BBC London Live, and AELTC World Feed. If viewing from the United States, broadcasts will be available via ESPN, The Tennis Channel, Fox Sports and WatchESPN if you are on the go.

If you are looking to experience the thrill of Wimbledon in person and do not already have a ticket, there is a limited and lengthy queue line. To have the best shot at getting a ticket you will need to either arrive very early the morning of, or to camp overnight. The majority of tickets are dispersed from the public ballot which was only open from September to December of 2017. Centre Court, Court 1, and Court 2 tickets are available to the public from the queue. The limited access of tickets to Wimbledon showcase the elegance and prestigious nature of the world’s greatest tennis competition.

Who to Watch

Expect to see the reigning champion and eight-time Wimbledon winner, Roger Federer, competing heavily to protect his title. Other favourites include Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and if healthy, Andy Murray, all of which are set to challenge Federer in the singles championship. The ladies matches will be thrilling as well. The Czech Petra Kvitova and American Serena Williams are predicted to take the reins from previous champion, Garbiñe Muguruza. Also, expect high performances from Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova in the singles events. Players to watch that may not be as recognized as some of this year’s previously mentioned favourites include Canada’s Milos Raonic, Swiss Stan Wawrinka, German Alexander Zverev and the young Australian Dominic Thiem. Expectations arise for the younger players who have yet to prove themselves playing on the 8mm ryegrass at Wimbledon.

Events In and Around Wimbledon

If you are planning on being near London during the tournament, here are some notable events and locations that pair with the Wimbledon Championships. If you are looking to experience the matches in London without entering the gates of the grounds, The Piazza in Wimbledon will be providing visitors with a large projector screen showing. This option gives tennis fans the class and a true Wimbledon exposure. If you are staying closer to the city and do not want to travel out to Wimbledon, the Lewis Cubitt Square at King’s Cross is perfect for you. Enjoy the view of the matches from a large screen surrounded by the city of London. Many foods and drink options also surround the area, and the square is very close to the King’s Cross tube station. For a more low-key Wimbledon viewing experience, check out the rooftop garden at the Cardinal Place shopping centre. Sitting on the grass overlooking the surrounding city gives the audience a viewing experience similar to the renowned Murray Mound in the Wimbledon grounds, without having to struggle for a place to sit. This year whether or not you plan to be at one of the courts at Wimbledon, pick up some Pimm’s and some strawberries and creme to properly experience this year’s 2018 Wimbledon Championships.

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