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The Championships, Wimbledon, as it is formerly known, is the most prestigious of the four tennis Grand Slams. The rich history of the grass tournament in London, England, stretches all the way back to 1877 and it still holds to the traditions of players having to turn out in an all white kit. This is the only grass court Grand Slam and it is played at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Everyone will be hoping to take a chance to run to the showcase match on Centre Court.
The tournament will go off at its traditional time of the year, starting on June 23 with the final of the men’s’ tournament, the last game of the Championships, being played on July 6th. 2014 will see the 128th edition of The Championships being played, and there is equal standing of a £1.76 million prize purse going to each winner.
Reigning Women’s Champion
It was a dream fulfilled in 2013 for British tennis, when Andy Murray became the first homegrown player in the Open Era to win Wimbledon. It was the first time that a British player had gotten their hands on the title since Fred Perry back in 1936. However, with Murray struggling for form in 2014, after back surgery in late 2013, he will have to raise his game to reach his third final in a row. But if he is running on emotions, especially with a strong home support behind him, he could put up a decent title defence.
Main Contenders Mens Draw
No-one outside of Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic has managed to land the Wimbledon title since 2003. Federer has been the king of Centre Court, winning the title seven times, his most recent coming in 2012. Novak Djokovic has won it once, in 2011, while Nadal landed the big win in 2008 and 2010. They are still the big four and they are the four that will take the most backing. It is most likely that the trend will continue of a winner coming from one of them.
Best Mens Draw Dark Horse Bets
Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka will be the best dark horse shot. His surprise win at the 2014 Australian Open raised his stock immensely, and while the likes of David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych will be among the other strong dark horses, snapping the big four is going to be an immense task for anyone.
Reigning Womens Champion
France’s Marion Bartoli was the winner of a surprise final line up in 2013, when she beat Germany’s Sabine Lisicki. That surprise win, in what was the second Wimbledon final of her career, pretty much threw the form bok out of the window. She is now retired from the game so there will be no title defence from her.
Main Contenders Womens Draw
Serena Williams, as long as she is fully fit, will be the favourite to land the 2014 WImbledon title. She has won it five times during her career, her most recent win coming in 2012 in beating Agnieszka Radwanska on Centre Court. Williams has won it three times in the last five years and makes a natural choice to get close to the win again. Maria Sharapova, with her great defensive game and grind, which is well suited to Wimbledon, should put her in contention. She won the title back in 2004, beating Serena Williams in straight sets. The big names from the big hitters, like Victoria Azarenka and Li Na should make strides towards the quarter finals in looking for their first Wimbledon titles, while 2012 runner up Agnieszka Radwanska, who ran back to the semi finals last year, also makes a strong case.
Best Womens Draw Dark Horse Bets
WIth Marion Bartoli, Kirsten Flipkens and Sabine Lisicki (all players ranked outside the top ten) making the final four last season alongside Radwanska, it shows that upsets can happen. They have been few and far between though. The best outside shots will be rising star Simona Halep and flat hitting powerhouse Dominika Cibulkova.
|2013||S|D||Andy Murray||Bob Bryan / Mike Bryan|
|2012||S|D||Roger Federer||Jonathan Marray / Frederik Nielsen|
|2011||S|D||Novak Djokovic||Bob Bryan / Mike Bryan|
|2010||S|D||Rafael Nadal||Jurgen Melzer / Philipp Petzschner|
|2009||S|D||Roger Federer||Daniel Nestor / Nenad Zimonjic|
|2008||S|D||Rafael Nadal||Daniel Nestor / Nenad Zimonjic|
|2007||S|D||Roger Federer||Arnaud Clement / Michael Llodra|
|2006||S|D||Roger Federer||Bob Bryan / Mike Bryan|
|2005||S|D||Roger Federer||Stephen Huss / Wesley Moodie|
|2004||S|D||Roger Federer||Jonas Bjorkman / Todd Woodbridge|
|2003||S|D||Roger Federer||Jonas Bjorkman / Todd Woodbridge|
|2002||S|D||Lleyton Hewitt||Jonas Bjorkman / Todd Woodbridge|
|2001||S|D||Goran Ivanisevic||Donald Johnson / Jared Palmer|
|2000||S|D||Pete Sampras||Todd Woodbridge / Mark Woodforde|
|1999||S|D||Pete Sampras||Mahesh Bhupathi / Leander Paes|
|1998||S|D||Pete Sampras||Jacco Eltingh / Paul Haarhuis|
|1997||S|D||Pete Sampras||Todd Woodbridge / Mark Woodforde|
|1996||S|D||Richard Krajicek||Todd Woodbridge / Mark Woodforde|
|1995||S|D||Pete Sampras||Todd Woodbridge / Mark Woodforde|
|1994||S|D||Pete Sampras||Todd Woodbridge / Mark Woodforde|
|1993||S|D||Pete Sampras||Todd Woodbridge / Mark Woodforde|
|1992||S|D||Andre Agassi||John McEnroe / Michael Stich|
|1991||S|D||Michael Stich||John Fitzgerald / Anders Jarryd|
|1990||S|D||Stefan Edberg||Rick Leach / Jim Pugh|