When does it start, when is the draw and who are the wildcards?

When does it start, when is the draw and who are the wildcards?

wimbledon 2022 draw start dates serena williams wildcards tv channel latest odds predictions emma raducanu - REUTERS

wimbledon 2022 draw start dates serena williams wildcards tv channel latest odds predictions emma raducanu – REUTERS

Wimbledon has announced a record prize money for this summer’s tournament as it tries to avoid a player boycott after being stripped of ranking points due to the ban on Russians and Belarusians.

Those who enter the championship will compete for a prize pool of £40.35m, 11.1% more than last year’s event – which had a reduced capacity due to the coronavirus – and 5.4% more than the previous edition. previous in 2019.

The two singles champions will take home £2 million each, the runners-up half of that, while the first-round losers will still receive £50,000.

Those who enter the qualifying competition will also benefit from a 26% increase from last year and a 48.1% increase in 2019.

Naomi Osaka, John Isner and Lucas Pouille have publicly indicated they could skip Wimbledon after he was stripped of ranking points for banning the likes of Daniil Medvedev for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Ian Hewitt, President of the All England Club, said: “From the first round of qualifying competition to the crowning of champions, this year’s prize money distribution aims to reflect how important players are to the Championship as we look to continue to deliver one of the world’s premier sporting events.”

Doubles and mixed doubles cash prize funds increased by 9.6 and 17.4% in 2021 and 2019, respectively, while those for wheelchair and ATV events increased by 19.8 and 40.1%.

The return to crowding for the first time in three years and the game’s scheduled for mid-Sunday for the first time helped make this increase in prize money possible.

Osaka had said last month, “I would love to go just to get some grass court experience, but at the same time, for me, it’s kind of…

Former semi-finalist Isner, who holds a Wimbledon plaque after playing the longest match in tennis history in 2010, said: “Right now, honestly, I’m not that excited about Wimbledon. Maybe I’ll show up on Saturday and maybe play on Monday and see what happens. Because, you know, our currency on tour is points.”

Pouille told L’Equipe that he did not expect to play, erroneously predicting the prize money would be “reduced”.

He added: “I initially decided not to play Wimbledon before saying to myself, ‘No, it’s still a grand slam, you go’, and I signed up for the grass tournaments. But I don’t think I will.”

What is it?

It’s the third grand slam of the year, the Wimbledon championship, which takes place between Monday, June 27, and Sunday, July 10.

When is the championship draw?

The official draw will take place on Friday, June 24 at 10am.

How can I follow the draw?

The draw will not be televised, but you can follow all the top games with our live blog. Just bookmark this page and return the Friday before the Championship starts.

What’s the latest news?

Andy Murray has withdrawn from Queen’s amid speculation that his abdominal injury could seriously derail his Wimbledon campaign in just under a fortnight.

Murray’s management team said a scan confirmed tension in his stomach muscles. The damage is not considered great, but the time is short and a tension in this area will make it extremely difficult for him to practice his serve.

This is the first time Murray has missed Queen’s since 2007, the year he tore a tendon in his wrist and was sidelined for three months.

He is expected to try to play an exhibition match or two at the Hurlingham Club next week, just to get back into a competitive frame of mind. But his training will clearly be reduced – an especially frustrating development given that Ivan Lendl, his trainer and mentor, is due to fly to London soon.

Who are the current champions?

Novak Djokovic and Ashleigh Barty won the singles tournaments in 2021 – but Barty won’t be returning to defend his crown after unexpectedly retiring from tennis earlier this year.

Novak Djokovic won his sixth Wimbledon title last year - AP

Novak Djokovic won his sixth Wimbledon title last year – AP

Who got a wildcard for SW19?

Serena Williams was awarded a wildcard to compete for a record 24th major title at Wimbledon after nearly a year sidelined by injury.

Williams, 40, last played a competitive game on center court at last year’s tournament when she was forced to retire during the first round with a hamstring problem.

There were fears over whether she was on the verge of retiring from the sport, but it caused quite a stir by announcing her long-awaited return.

She will eventually return to competition at Eastbourne, where she will play doubles with world number 4 Ons Jabeur, before making her return to Wimbledon the following week.

male singles wildcards

Zizou Bergs (Bel), Liam Broady (GB), Jay Clarke (GB), Alastair Gray (GB), Paul Jubb (GB), Ryan Peniston (GB), Tim van Rijthoven (Hol), Stan Wawrinka (Swi).

female singles wildcards

Katie Boulter (GB), Jodie Burrage (GB), Sonay Kartal (GB), Yuriko Miyazaki (GB), Daria Saville (Aus), Katie Swan (GB), Serena Williams (USA).

Men’s doubles wildcards

Liam Broady (GB) / Jay Clarke (GB), Julian Cash (GB) / Henry Patten (GB), Alastair Gray (GB) / Ryan Peniiston (GB), Jonny O’Mara (GB) / Ken Skupski (GB), three more pairs to be announced.

Women’s doubles wildcards

Alicia Barnett (GB) / Olivia Nicholls (GB), Jodie Burrage (GB) / Eden Silva (GB), Harriet Dart (GB) / Heather Watson (GB), Sarah Beth Gray (GB) / Yuriko Miyazaki (GB), Sonay Kartal (GB) / Nell Miller (GB), plus two more pairs to be announced.

Mixed doubles wildcards

To be announced on June 29.

Men’s individual wheelchair joker

Tokito Oda (Jpn).

Singles joker in female wheelchair

Momoko Ohtani (Jpn).

Quad Wheelchair Singles Wildcard

Ymanitu Silva (Bra).

Any news for the tournament?

Wimbledon will become a 14-day tournament from this year, with matches scheduled for mid-Sunday, traditionally a day off at the Grand Slam.

The first Sunday of Wimbledon is normally a rest day, in which tournament organizers work to get the courts in shape for the final rounds, resulting in the so-called “Maniac Monday” with the entire men’s and women’s fourth round. songs.

“Starting in 2022, to coincide with the centenary of center court, Midday Sunday will become a permanent part of the tournament schedule, turning the championship into a 14-day event,” said All England Lawn Tennis Club President, Ian Hewitt.

“Thanks to the improved technology and maintenance of grass courts over the last five years… we are comfortable being able to take care of the courts, particularly center court, without a full day of rest.”

Can I still buy tickets?

It is clear. You’ve heard of the Wimbledon queue, right? You can show up at Wimbledon Park and wait patiently for a small number of tickets available for Center Court, Court One or Court Two. You will have to queue around 6am if not earlier for luck.

If you are unable to enter the show courts, you can also purchase a day pass which allows access to all ground courts numbers 3 to 18. Prices start at £25. The All England Club will only accept cash on the day.

Which TV channel are the championships on?

You can watch coverage on BBC One and Two throughout the fortnight – and on the red button. You can also follow the daily coverage of Telegraph Sport.

What are the latest odds?

The latest odds for the men’s champion:

Novak Djokovic 10/11

Rafael Nadal 5/1

Matteo Berrettini 6/1

Stefanos Tsitsipas 2/17

Latest odds for women’s champion:

Iga Swiatek 3/1

Naomi Osaka 01/06

Simona Halep 09/01

Emma Raducanu 1/10

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