Grab your strawberries, cream, straw hat and sandals, and book those two weeks off work… it’s Wimbledon time
Wimbledon 2019, from Monday 1 July, 10.30am, BBC
Whether it’s watching the world’s best tennis pros test their skills, eating far too many strawberries or delighting in that small subset of fans who insist on screaming “Come on Andy!” at every single player, we can’t get enough of Wimbledon.
All the eyes of the tennis world will soon be on Wimbledon, London (SW19 for all you postcode enthusiasts), for two weeks of sumptuous slices, thwack-tastic forehands and more upsets than an evening in the Love Island villa. You can watch it all on BBC One, BBC Two, BBC iPlayer and the red button.
Despite it being 2019 – a whopping 20 years since he first graced Wimbledon’s famous grass courts – GOAT Roger Federer remains one of the favourites to grab the fabled trophy on the men’s side of the draw, while Naomi Osaka and newly crowned French Open champion Ashleigh Barty look set to battle it out on the women’s side.
That said, the women’s draw remains tantalisingly open, given Osaka’s recent inconsistencies and the fact the previous ten grand slams were won by nine different women.
The men’s draw looks to be a thrilling mix of up-and-coming stars like Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Dominic Thiem looking to topple the fabled “big three” of Federer, Nadal, and reigning champion Novak Djokovic.
Hopes for the first British winner since Andy Murray was crowned champion in 2016 rest on the shoulders of former Australian and now British number one, Johanna Konta, who after reaching the semi-finals at Roland Garros a few weeks ago looks to be showing the kind of form that saw her reach the same stage at Wimbledon in 2017.
Speaking of legends past and present, just how many tennis stars do you think you can recognise from a picture and description alone? OK… but how about if their identity was further concealed by a whacking great big tennis ball? See if you can ace our quiz below and prove your worth as a tennis titan!
Can you identify these Wimbledon legends?
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