With the 2015 edition of the French Open now firmly set in the tennis history books, we can look forward to the third Grand Slam of the year at The All England Club. Currently the longest running of the four majors, originally founded in 1877, we look at who will be the major players in this year’s tournament from the men and women’s side as well as how the Aussies will fare.
Rightly installed as the pre-tournament favourite, last year’s winner and current world number one is ultimately the man to beat. The Serb currently holds two of the four Grand Slams, Wimbledon and the Australian Open, and will be in a confident mood aiming to win Wimbledon again despite his recent loss in the French Open final to Stanislas Wawrinka. His failure to complete his career Grand Slam in Paris will surely spur the 28-year-old on to attain a third Wimbledon title.
Djokovic has, at times, looks almost super human this year and his wins over Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray at Roland Garros showed us some mesmerising tennis. The faultless performance against Nadal, lest we forget winner of nine French Open titles, and the opening two sets against Murray were as close as you will see to complete tennis.
His final defeat to Wawrinka gives the rest of the field hope but Djokovic is the clear favourite, and for good reason.
Murray is arguably currently playing the best tennis of his career, a bold statement considering he hasn’t won a Grand Slam for two years, but Wimbledon is the perfect chance for the 28 year old to show the home fans his current form.
Only Djokovic stopped the Scot winning the Australian Open in January, who also halted his progress at the French in a five-set thriller which could have gone either way. After a disastrous 2014, Murray seems completely revitalised with the injury repercussions of the surgery he had late 2013 now well and truly behind him.
Despite being in the twilight of his career, it is impossible to discount Roger Federer from the list of potential winners. Now 33-years-old and without a Grand Slam title since Wimbledon in 2012, Federer still finds himself ranked second in the world and it would take a bold man to discount the Swiss from the running.
Federer has endured a tough road in Grand Slams this year. He lost in the third round at the Australian Open and was upset in the quarter-final by compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka at the French Open.
Federer has seven Wimbledon titles to his name and still has the tendency to produce moments of brilliance that defy his ailing years, particularly on grass never count him out but don’t expect the exact same Federer that won so many Grand Slams .
With a second Grand Slam title now to his name, Wawrinka has managed to prove his critics wrong following several claims that he could be a ‘one-hit wonder’ following his Australian Open victory in 2014.
This makes Wawrinka a dangerous prospect heading into Wimbledon although, Grass is his least favourite surface and he has failed to progress past the quarter-final stage of the competition. In fact, he has only made it past the second round on one occasion since 2010.
His recent early exit at Queens Club does little to convince us that he has the credentials to win back-to-back Grand Slams but that could benefit Wawrinka if he was to survive the early rounds and lift his confidence as the competition progresses as well as the fact he is coming off some great form.
Currently ranked at a lowly tenth in the world and fresh off the back of suffering his first defeat at Roland Garros since 2009, the Spaniard has not been the same player since undergoing surgery last year.
Many would like to think that, like Murray, time will be a great healer and Nadal can return to his best and few would argue against this. Wimbledon will probably come too soon for the 29-year-old but he is a fans favourite and this could help as the tournament enters its latter stages.
Given the dominant season which world number one Serena Williams has had this year, it seems that only complacency, injury or a bad day at the office will stop her from adding to her growing Grand Slam tally of 20 at Wimbledon this year.
By winning the French Open for a third time this year, not only did she become the first woman since Jennifer Capriati in 2001 to win the Australian-French Open double, she also claimed her third consecutive Grand Slam tournament and now has the chance to become the first woman since, well, herself in 2002-3 to hold all four of the Grand Slam titles simultaneously.
The favourite, but she hasn’t won on grass since 2012 and hasn’t made past the 4th round of Wimbledon since since claiming the title in that same year.
The world number two has always saved her best form for the grass courts of the All England Club, reaching at least the quarter-finals for each of the last five years after previously struggling on the surface prior to her run to the semi-finals in 2010.
The Czech has not made a non-Wimbledon Grand Slam quarter-final since the 2012 French Open. That barren run continued this year when she lost in the third and fourth rounds of the Australian and French Opens, respectively.
Despite claiming two titles so far this year, 2015 has not unfolded the way Maria Sharapova would have liked it to.
The Russian started the year by claiming the Brisbane International before going down to Serena Williams for a 16th consecutive time in the final of the Australian Open in January.
And while she was able to regain the clay court title in Rome for the first time since 2012 last month, her French Open title defence came to an abrupt end when she lost in the fourth round to the eventual finalist, Lucie Safarova.
Dispute suffering illness and back injuries, Kyrgios has said he is ready to go for Wimbledon 2015.
The 20 year old will be looking to repeat his massive upset of Rafael Nadal from 2014. Kyrgios is consistently improving and for the first time bypassed the qualification phase.
Only several days before the beginning of Wimbledon, Kyrgios parted ways with coach Todd Larkham meaning he’ll have to go in alone and at with still such small experience, this could affect Kyrios especially with reputation to flare up during matches.
At 34 this will be Lleyton’s final Wimbledon appearance with the former Wimbledon winner retiring at the start of next year. A fit Hewitt is one that can really cause upsets. Never count the former world number 1 but just like recent times it’s unlikely we’ll see him progress past the 3rd or 4th.
Tomic has followed a similar path to Kyrios. Tomic has the 27th seed which one higher than Kyrgios at 26. Like Kyrgios, Tomic has had some troubling injuries, he has been plagued by a back injury in the lead up to Wimbledon. Tomic still isn’t making the massive strides to up the rankings like we wanted but making it to the 3rd or 4th round would be a good result for the 22 year old.
Once again, Stosur will have the highest expectations from the Australian public but the 31 year-old doesn’t have a good record at Wimbledon. Her best result is the 3rd round on the grass grand slam. Dispute this, she has the 22nd seed and if she can string some good form her draw will be favourable.
Australia will boast its largest Wimbledon singles contingent in 20 years with 16 Aussies featuring at Wimbledon so their is plenty of chances for the Australians to do well.
Casey Dellacqua, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Sam Groth and Ajla Tomljanovic are the other Australians most likely to do well at Wimbledon.