If you have never experienced the sheer thrill and excitement of English Tennis at its best then this is the summer to get yourself to Wimbledon. It is seen as one of the best British summer events. This year the Championships are celebrating their 125th anniversary which begins on Monday 20th June and concludes with the men’s nail biting final on Sunday 3rd July.
So who are the key contenders to win the £1.1million pound prize money? Fresh from his recent win at the French open is the Spaniard, Rafael Nadal, along with his opponent and runner up Roger Federer. Nadal will be looking to win his 3rd title in 4 years as the world number, taking the crown from the brilliant Roger Federer in 2008. Federer has won the tournament 6 times and is always a hot favourite to get to the final.
Questions and expectations will be raised now that the Queen’s Tournament is under way, will Andy Murray claim his first Wimbledon title in front of a jubilant home crowd? Or can Novak Djokovic make a successful come back from the knee cap injury he picked up at Roland Garros when Federer broke his winning streak by beating him in the semi-final of the French Open. Djokavic gave up the opportunity to become the new number 1 in the world with a win in France and he will be hungry for victory on the world’s biggest stage of professional tennis.
For the ladies the home side will be right behind Elena Baltacha and Heather Watson. Heather Watson’s transition from the girl’s game to the ladies game has been much anticipated and she has recently broken into the top 100 in the world at the age of 19. With the Williams sisters both out due to injury, it leaves high hopes for Kim Clijsters of Belgium, Na Li of China and the one all men love, Maria Sharapova.
This year will see the unveiling of courts 3 and 4, having undergone a makeover and increasing the capacity by 1,000. If you haven’t already obtained your tickets through the ballot then you can queue for Court tickets or obtain Ground passes where you can watch all the action from the infamous Henman Hill or recently dubbed Murray Mount. For those staying nearby you can enter the grounds after 5pm at a discounted price to be sure not to miss out on any action.
Only one thing is certain, is that it is bound to have you on the edge of your seat. So why not experience it live and soak up the atmosphere at centre court instead of on tv? By staying near Wimbledon you will be able to beat the queues and experience many of the different bars, restaurants and attractions the area has to offer. Eventful Stays can cater for a range of group sizes and budgets.