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From champions to the strawberries and cream, Wimbledon is special

Strawberries and cream, the smell of fresh-cut grass, white-only rules and more history than just about any sporting event there is – the Wimbledon Championships are as special as it gets and they begin Monday, June 24, at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

The 2013 event will be the 127th edition of the tournament which began in 1877, with champions Roger Federer and Serena Williams both hoping to defend their crowns on July 6 and 7.

This is what we’re looking forward to during this fab fortnight.


Grass King Federer going for eight

Only Roger Federer could have beaten Andy Murray and left the Scot in tears on his home turf and still remained the most popular bloke on Centre Court – and he did that last year. If he does it again, 10 years since he first won the third Grand Slam of the year in 2003, The Fed will be the first man to win the Wimbledon singles eight times and the most decorated men’s singles player on grass ever.

He’ll have his work cut out though, as this is the first tournament in which we’ll see all of the ‘big four’ at a major since last year here (injury kept Nadal from the US and Australian, and Murray from the French). Novak Djokovic is the world number one for good reason, too, and a former Wimbledon champion.

Murray to unleash his happy tears

A lot has happened since Federer rolled the Team GB star in four sets last year. He took the disappointment here and spun it into gold at the Olympics after breaking his Slam duck at the US Open. Despite back woes, on provisional seedings Murray goes into this year’s Wimbledon as the number two, behind Djokovic.

That means last year’s finalists are on the same side of the draw and all going to script they’ll meet in the semis. No one wants to see the big fella blubber again, and his form last week at the Queen’s Club looked mighty promising. 

Which Williams will make it six?

As a family, the Williams have 10 All England titles, but a win here for defending champ Serena would break the five-each deadlock with Venus and make it an epic couple of months after her French Open win.

Beware the wounded champion when it comes to older Venus, though. Her form is bad. She took just three games from Maria Sharapova at the Australian Open and went out in the first round of the French Open to Urszula Radwanska (Serena beat her big sister Agnieszka here in last year’s final).

However, if Venus is on a court, she’s a chance. They won the Olympic doubles gold on this court and are defending champions here, too.


More money, more kudos

Even though it was already considered the mother of all Grand Slams, Wimbledon added to its cache and became the biggest Grand Slam in total prize money for this year as well. The pool is up 40 per cent on last year to £22,560,000 with the winners of the men’s and women’s singles each pocketing £1.6 million.

Whether that changes anything is anyone’s guess, but the party for a first round loser could be substantial – £23,500 can buy a lot of lemonade!


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