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14 August 2017

Federer v Nadal - the race for number one

The title of world number one is among the most sought-after in men's tennis - and attaining it has never been harder than in the last few years.

With the big four dominating the sport, the leadership has been traded between some very familiar...

 Federer v Nadal - the race for number one

How Marin Cilic could win Wimbledon next year

 How Marin Cilic could win Wimbledon next year

The Wimbledon Experience is a wonderful festival of tennis and a highlight of the British sporting calendar, but for the players it can be a cruel sport.

True, playing on the famous grass...

The emerging stars of Wimbledon 2017

 The emerging stars of Wimbledon 2017

Those enjoying the Wimbledon Experience this year will have spent plenty of time marvelling at the apparently ageless brilliance of players who are still reaching...

Garbine's glory as a new champion is crowned

 Garbine

For many people enjoying the Wimbledon experience this year, one of the most exciting narratives has been the wide open nature of the ladies' championship while Serena...

Roger the record breaker

 Roger the record breaker

June 2001: Pete Sampras, the reigning Wimbledon men's champion, was a man on a mission. He was in the autumn of his career, but, having equalled William Renshaw's 111-year-old record of seven men's singles titles the previous year, he was...

Wimbledon 2017: lessons from Roland Garros?

 Wimbledon 2017: lessons from Roland Garros?

Tennis lovers will soon be enjoying the Wimbledon Experience as the most glamorous fortnight of the tennis calendar comes around again. While this means plenty of...

How Rafael Nadal went from King of Clay to Wimbledon wonder

 How Rafael Nadal went from King of Clay to Wimbledon wonder

In life, there are two certainties: death and taxes. In tennis, there is another, it seems: Rafael Nadal winning the French Open.
 
The Spaniard has been celebrating after completing La Decima, a tenth title on the Roland Garros...

A wide open field: The ladies' championship without Serena

 A wide open field: The ladies

News that Serena Williams won the Australian Open while pregnant was greeted with a mixture of astonishment, admiration and congratulation. But it is also a game-changer for the remaining Grand Slams this year.
 
The absence of the...

Four semis and a hill: Tim Henman at Wimbledon

 Four semis and a hill: Tim Henman at Wimbledon

Those enjoying the Wimbledon Experience down the years will have become familiar with many great traditions, from the insistence on white clothing for players to the ubiquitous...

Belgians at Wimbledon - is David Goffin a future champion?

 Belgians at Wimbledon - is David Goffin a future champion?

Nothing epitomises the culture of self-effacing humour in Belgium more than the joke that nobody can name a famous Belgian. But this mantra could not possibly be applied to tennis, a sport in which the country has provided some fine players down the...

Winning mums at Wimbledon

 Winning mums at Wimbledon

The Championships, Wimbledon played its first Ladies' singles tournament in 1884, seven years after the first men's event, and ever since then it has been a place...

The John McEnroe years

 The John McEnroe years

The Wimbledon Experience has been enriched by many great players down the years, but few have matched exceptional talent with an explosive personality like John McEnroe.

A...

The five Wimbledon triumphs of Venus

 The five Wimbledon triumphs of Venus

With Serena Williams taking a maternity break this summer, the Wimbledon Experience will be a slightly different one. Having won no less than 23 Grand Slams, an open era...

Twin triumphs: when one country claims both singles titles

 Twin triumphs: when one country claims both singles titles

The victory of Johanna Konta at the recent Miami Open championships has provided British tennis fans with a lot to cheer, and not just for its own sake.

With Andy Murray missing the men's event in Florida with an elbow injury, British support...

The Bjorn Borg years

 The Bjorn Borg years

The Wimbledon Experience has been enriched by many great players down the years. The current generation can enjoy the men's big four and the Williams sisters, while...

How the best clay court players have performed at Wimbledon

 How the best clay court players have performed at Wimbledon

One of the exciting aspects of The Championships, Wimbledon is the way it seems to creep up on people and arrive suddenly.

Barely has the French Open finished than...

Doing the double of Queens and Wimbledon

 Doing the double of Queens and Wimbledon

Fans enjoying the Wimbledon Experience will notice many things that are unique about the tournament, but none more so than the simple fact that it is the only Grand Slam...

Fred Perry's Wimbledon hat-trick

 Fred Perry

Tennis lovers enjoying the Wimbledon Experience will no doubt happen upon the statue of Fred Perry, who for so long had been the last British man to win the singles title....

How courts and balls can be made faster - or slower

 How courts and balls can be made faster - or slower

One of the notable features of the Wimbledon Experience in recent years has been the dominance of baseline ralliers. Watching the likes of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray...

Is 2017 the year of the 30-somethings?

 Is 2017 the year of the 30-somethings?

They say life begins at 40, but for tennis players it always used to be assumed that life - at least in terms of winning the big prizes - was pretty much over by 30. For those enjoying the Wimbledon Experience...

Who will be the next new ladies' Wimbledon champion?

 Who will be the next new ladies

Fans enjoying The Championships, Wimbledon have seen the men's singles dominated by four players in recent years, but the ladies' singles has been rather less predictable.

True,...

Who will be the next new winner of the men's championship?

 Who will be the next new winner of the men

The Australian Open has provided a few big shocks at the start of 2017, suggesting that all may not be as predictable as some might have imagined, least of all in the men's game.

For fans enjoying The Wimbledon Experience, that may make...

1977: Virginia Wade's glory year

 1977: Virginia Wade

Although the Wimbledon Experience is all about watching the best tennis players from around the world, there is no doubt that the excitement levels rise when British players...

Can Dominika Cibulkova turn WTA success into Grand Slam glory?

 Can Dominika Cibulkova turn WTA success into Grand Slam glory?

The recent men's ATP World Tour finals gained plenty of attention around the world, not least among those who might be enjoying the Wimbledon Experience next year....

Martina Navratilova - the glory years

 Martina Navratilova - the glory years

There are many names that resonate with those enjoying The Wimbledon Experience. Among the men, there are current players like Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, along with...

Can Novak Djokovic return to number one?

 Can Novak Djokovic return to number one?

Fans enjoying the Wimbledon Experience have certainly had some special days watching the 'big four' of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy...

The longest-reigning Wimbledon men's champion: Bobby Riggs

 The longest-reigning Wimbledon men

Tennis lovers enjoying the Wimbledon Experience may be stumped by one clever quiz question: Which man held the Wimbledon title for longest?

Some may answer...

Wimbledon's biggest servers

 Wimbledon

Fans enjoying The Wimbledon Experience will be able to see all kinds of tennis artistry during the championships. There are the brilliant baseliners and nifty net players,...

Andy Murray's quest for number one

 Andy Murray

The Wimbledon Experience has always been an exciting one for tennis lovers, whether this be Britons coming to their 'home' Grand Slam or visitors from around the...

The first Wimbledon Ladies' championship

 The first Wimbledon Ladies

The Ladies' Singles is such a major part of the Wimbledon Experience today it is difficult to imagine that there was ever a time when it wasn't taking place.

Of...

Can Angelique Kerber be the next Steffi?

 Can Angelique Kerber be the next Steffi?

Tennis lovers enjoying the Wimbledon Experience down the years will have had very mixed experiences of watching German players in action. Back in the 1980s and 90s,...

Stan Wawrinka's Grand Slam challenge

 Stan Wawrinka

Tennis lovers enjoying the Wimbledon Experience in recent years will have become very familiar with the perennial narrative of men's tennis; that of a big four. But...

William Renshaw's seven titles

 William Renshaw

Ask anyone to name the three men to have won the singles at Wimbledon seven times and it is likely most of those who have enjoyed the Wimbledon Experience down the...

Pete Sampras's magnificent seven

 Pete Sampras

Those enjoying The Wimbledon Experience down the years will have seen many great American male players down the years, but Pete Sampras stands head and shoulders above...

What we learned from the US Open

 What we learned from the US Open

While the Wimbledon Experience is a unique and special one, there is no doubt every Grand Slam has a special history and heritage.

Whether it is the quintessentially...

Steffi or Serena - who is the greatest?

 Steffi or Serena - who is the greatest?

The Wimbledon Experience is a special one every year, but particularly so in 2016 for Serena Williams, as her victory in the ladies' singles brought her a seventh Wimbledon...

Roger Federer's magnificent seven

 Roger Federer

Those enjoying the Wimbledon Experience next summer will find it greatly enriched if they get to see the genius that is Roger Federer in action. He may be in his mid-30s...