Are you ready, tennis fans? Wimbledon 2023 is almost upon us! And here is all you need to know about this year’s tournament.
Let’s start at the beginning. Wimbledon began on July 9th, 1877. The field at that time included only men and then the All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club decided that women were pretty good at the game as well and included a women’s side of the tournament in 1884. There were also doubles but who really cares about that? (Joking.)
The all-time women’s winner is Martina Navratilova with 9. The next closest are Steffi Graf and Serena Williams with seven. On the men’s side, Roger Federer has won the most with eight but he is followed very closely by Novak Djokovic with seven as well as Pete Sampras. Amateur William Renshaw also won seven but in the late 1880s. (Rumors are he still talks smack about how he disrespects Federer, Djokovic, and Sampras’s titles.)
All you need to know about Wimbledon 2023
How you can watch Wimbledon 2023!
So this gets a bit complicated depending on where you live. If you are in the United Kingdom, you can watch live matches on the BBC. If you are in the United States, you can see live matches on ESPN. Also, if you have Hulu Live you can watch the tournament. Finally, if you subscribe to the Tennis Channel (and seriously, why don’t you?) you can watch there.
Who is favored at Wimbledon?
This kind of depends on your favorite betting site. On the men’s side, I’d go with Novak Djokovic but I usually lose when I bet so I don’t bet. Carlos Alcaraz is the number one seed on the men’s side, however, as the Wimbledon draw is seeded on both the men’s and women’s side by the current rankings. Djokovic, the four-time defending champ, is the number 2 seed.
On the women’s side, Iga Swiatek is the top seed. Swiatek has never won a tournament on grass, though. Elena Rybakina was the 2022 champion but is seeded third.