It’s just a day away before Wimbledon 2016 starts.
To get you re-acquainted with the famous grass court championship, here are 10 things you need to know about Wimbledon this year.
Another Grand Slam for Djokovic?
Will Novak Djokovic be able to secure his 4th grand slam at Wimbledon? So far he has managed to keep winning 3 out of 4 grand slams. If he wins the tournament this year, it will be his second consecutive year of holding 3 grand slams in his name.
15 British Competitors
From World no. 2 Andy Murray to British no. 4 Tara Moore and Australian Open runner-up Kate Swan are all present to defend their home country! British no. 1 Johanna Konta will also figure in the tournament with a protected place.
White Wimbledon 2016
Here comes the players, all dressed in white. The “predominantly white” rule was first employed in 1963. 1995 saw a stricter enforcement “almost entirely in white rule.” However, as the years go by, Wimbledon has relaxed its white rule. Though still highly encouraging white apparel, the tournament has allowed for pastel colored attire to make its way on the grass court.
Andy Murray is the King
Of the Queen’s Club that is. Andy Murray is coming off a great precursor to Wimbledon with a historic win at the Queen’s club. He has a record high of 4 wins, the most number of wins a single player has won in the tournament.
Will World no. 2 and British no. 1 Andy Murray clinch the Wimbledon title from Djokovic this time?
Selfies Not Allowed
Well, technically it’s the selfie stick that’s not allowed. Due to the Paris attacks, security will be tighter at the Wimbledon.
Lady Gaga Present
Or at least her tennis counterpart, Bethanie Mattek-Sands. The 31-year old tennis pro is known for her outrageous tennis persona that makes every game lively. Thank goodness, hair colors aren’t subjected to Wimbledon’s color rules.
Serena for the Wimbledon Win
While Serena bowed down to Garbine Muguruza in the recent French Open, failing to secure her goal of reaching Steffi Graf’s 22 Grand Slam titles. With Wimbledon, Serena hopes to finally bag her 22nd Grand Slam title.
After Maria Sharapova’s definite ban from tennis tournaments, The BBC notes that it is highly unlikely Sharapova’s candy store will also make an appearance near the tournament.
The Classics Gone?
Classic names in tennis like Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have been sundowning in terms of appearances. While Nadal has elected to heal completely, Federer will have a hard task at hand.
Wimbledon 2016 Schedule
The grass court tournament will run from June 27 until July 10.