The roar of the crowd of 15,000 on Center Court will once again echo through this southwest corner of London while the soft buzz of chatter will emanate from tennis fans sneaking onto the outside courts in search of strawberries.
Wimbledon is back.
This year marks the first year the Championships will be held over 14 days, with the introduction of Middle Sunday play added to the permanent schedule for the first time.
Sunday July 3 will also mark Center Court’s centenary, celebrating 100 years of the iconic venue at its current location on Church Road. The previous location, Worple Road, originally hosted the Championships for 35 years.
The next generation of potential stars will have their chance to absorb history with a first-time 14-and-under Junior Championship taking place, kicking off week two.
With so much to do and to make sure you don’t miss a thing, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about Wimbledon 2022.
Wimbledon 2022: Schedule and format
From Monday 27 June to Sunday 10 July 2022
Men’s and Ladies’ Singles
Men’s, women’s and mixed doubles
Singles and doubles boys and girls
Doubles Invitation (Ladies’ Doubles, Men’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles)
Gentlemen, ladies and wheelchair quads
Singles boys and girls 14 and under
Gentlemen and ladies in wheelchairs
How do you know who is playing the next day?
A full order of play will be available the day before the next day’s game.
What time does the game start? (every hour BST)
Outdoor courts: 11 a.m.
Court n°1: 1 p.m.
Center court: 1:30 p.m. except on the weekend of the finals, with matches starting at 2 p.m.
What is the new last set tiebreaker rule? The four Grand Slam tournaments – the Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open – have jointly agreed to play a 10-point tie-break when the score reaches six games in the final set.
The stoppage began at Roland-Garros last month.
Wimbledon 2022: Stars to watch
Ten little words on social media stopped the tennis world in its tracks on Tuesday, June 14.
‘SW to SW19. It’s a date. 2022 See you there.’
Twenty-three times Grand Slam singles winner Serena Williams was back.
The 40-year-old has declared her intention to return to the tour after being out for a year after injuring her leg in the first round of Wimbledon 2021.
The American’s first step into the competitive arena is to play doubles with the Tunisian Ons Jabeur at the Eastbourne International, a traditional pre-Wimbledon warm-up event on the UK’s south coast, which kicked off on Monday June 20.
Jabeur is making headlines herself.
The 27-year-old world number three is the highest-ranked Arab and African tennis player in the history of the rankings, winning her biggest title at the 2022 Madrid Open in May.
The character super fan of Pole and Rafael Nadal Iga Swiatek is however the in-form player in the women’s event.
The 21-year-old matched her hero’s result at Roland Garros last month – even emulating some of the Spaniard’s on-court manners – to win her second Grand Slam title.
The current women’s world number one also idolizes Williams and was shocked when she beat a tally set by Serena by winning 35 straight matches. Venus Williams‘ registration.
“To have this 35th victory and to do something more than Serena is something special,” Swiatek said after the French Open final.
Nonetheless, eyes will be on Williams and his ability to claim a record 24th Grand Slam title at SW19, matching the number set by Australia. Court of Margaretwhich has lasted for nearly half a century.
As hot on the heels of this drive is a Rafael Nadalwho after the astonishing 14th French Open victory last month, is just one behind Williams, with 22 Grand Slam singles titles to his name.
The expectant first-time dad who only recently recognized historic debilitating foot pain that requires ongoing pain management, not only has injuries to contend with, but also Novak Djokovic who is also in the hunt for another Grand Slam singles title to add to his 20.
The Serb will be looking to win his fourth consecutive Wimbledon singles title – seventh overall – to win a Slam against the Spaniard after having a rollercoaster 2022 season plagued by off-court issues.
Both will have to watch out for the beaten Italian runner-up in 2021 Matteo Berretini who appears to be in fine form after winning the prestigious Queen’s Club Championships last week.
favorite of the house, Andy Murraywas in superb form, reaching the semi-finals in two grass-court warm-up events over the past two weeks, but is struggling to recover from an abdominal injury which forced him to retire from Queen’s, where he was a five-time winner.
Olympic Men’s Singles Champion Alexander Zverev is injured following a devastating incident on the pitch in which he tore three ligaments in his right ankle while facing Nadal in the French Open semi-finals last month, and a crowd favorite Roger Federer still recovering from knee surgery.
Naomi Osaka is also a no-show, due to injury, in the women’s draw.
However, Nadal and Djokovic won’t have everything their way.
They will face sensational new generation players such as Nadal’s compatriot Carlos Alcaraz (19), French Open finalist Casper Ruud (23) – Norway’s highest-ranked tennis player of all time and trained at Nadal’s academy in Mallorca since he was a teenager – and fiery Dane Holger Rune (19).
Other big moments to watch include Belgium Kirsten Flipkens (36) participated in his last professional tournament, and Spain Feliciano Lopez (40) is set to become the first-ever player with a minimum of 20 appearances in all four Grand Slam events.
Basically, you can’t keep your eyes off Wimbledon 2022, so prepare to be glued to tennis for two weeks as you watch the drama unfold.
Wimbledon: How to watch the All England Tennis Championships
Wimbledon will take place from Monday June 27 to Sunday July 10, 2022 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in South West London.
You can find all the latest information, including a list of broadcasters by territory, on the Wimbledon website.