Everything you need to know about Wimbledon 2023

Everything you need to know about Wimbledon 2023

Racquets at the ready, get the Pimms on ice and stock up on strawberries and cream. Wimbledon is back.

Since 1887, a town in the Southwest corner of London has been the spiritual home of Tennis, hosting a world-famous tournament decorated with a rich history and boasting an endless highlights reel.

Wimbledon is back for its 136th edition at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, where the (strawberries and) cream of the crop will battle it out to etch their names in the history books, claiming their slice of Tennis royalty in front of thousands of spectators.

The prestigious and unique Wimbledon atmosphere elevates it from the other Tennis tournaments on the calendar. It remains the sole Grand Slam tournament still played on a grass court, allows fans to purchase tickets on the day, sees players donned head-to-toe in white and regularly witnesses royal appearances.

Taking place over two weeks, the 2023 Wimbledon tournament will celebrate the future while honoring its iconic history as part of the ‘Always Like Never Before’ campaign. 

Novak Djokovic will be looking to add another title to his illustrious career total and secure a third consecutive Wimbledon win, his eighth overall and his fifth in six years, while Elena Rybakina secured her first central singles title in 2022 by winning the women’s final, and will be hoping to create more history for her home nation of Kazakhstan at this year’s tournament.

Pour yourself a glass of Pimms, dig out your finest white apparel and take a perch on Henman Hill. Center court is ready. Here is everything that tennis fans need to know ahead of Wimbledon 2023.

A brief history of Wimbledon

On 9 June 1877, Wimbledon’s first shots were played in history. Advertised as a ‘lawn tennis meeting, open to all amateurs,’ the high-profile and illustrious tournament witnessed today vastly differed from the 19th century.

Played at Worple Road, competitors were asked to bring their racquets, and just 200 people watched the first men’s final between Spencer Gore and Willian Marshall. Gore won in straight sets, with The Morning Post reporting the following morning that “the play on both sides was of the highest order, and its exhibition afforded a great treat to lovers of the game. All three sets were won by Mr. Gore, who, therefore, became lawn tennis champion in 1877 and won the £12 12s. Gold prize and holds the silver challenge cup, value £25 5s.”

A brief history of Wimbledon

Having previously banned women from competing in 1884, the All England Club agreed to open the Championships up to both sexes, and The Lady’s Singles was added to the program. By the 1900s, the Championships had become an international affair – and since then, it has become one of the most prestigious events on the summer sporting calendar.

Now considered the world’s premier tournament, a long-term plan hatched in 1993 witnessed the quality and infrastructure of the match elevate it to new heights. Aimed at improving the standard of the event for spectators, players, and officials, a new broadcast center was erected, two different grass courts were built, and a new Millennium building providing extensive facilities was constructed. The final stage of the rejuvenation plan saw an entrance building, club staff housing, museum, bank and ticket office created.

Now, Wimbledon reports healthy profits year-on-year, with organizers revealing an operating profit of £47.1 million in 2022, with a prize pot of almost £45 million, showcasing the event’s undeniable grandeur. 

When is Wimbledon taking place this year?

This year’s tournament begins on Monday, 3 July 2023, and runs to Sunday, 16 July 2023. It’ll be played as last year without the traditional rest day, known as middle Sunday. Play on the outside courts starts at 11 am daily and begins on the Show Courts between 1 pm and 1:30 pm. 

The women’s singles final takes place on Saturday, 15 July, with the men’s singles final to last the following day. See the full schedule for the championship below.

Monday 3 July

Men’s and Women’s Singles First Round  

Tuesday 4 July 

Men’s and Women’s Singles First Round  

Wednesday, 5 July 

Men’s and Women’s Singles Second Round

Men’s and Women’s Doubles First Round

Thursday, 6 July 

Men’s and Women’s Singles Second Round

Men’s and Women’s Doubles First Round

Friday 7 July 

Men’s and Women’s Singles Third Round

Men’s and Women’s Doubles Second Round

Mixed Doubles First Round

Saturday 8 July 

Men’s and Women’s Singles Third Round

Men’s and Women’s Doubles Second Round

Mixed Doubles First Round

Boys’ and Girls’ Singles First Round

Sunday 9 July 

Men’s and Women’s Singles Fourth Round

Men’s and Women’s Doubles Third Round

Mixed Doubles Second Round

Boys’ and Girls’ Singles First Round

Monday 10 July 

Men’s and Women’s Singles Fourth Round

Men’s and Women’s Doubles Third Round

Mixed Doubles Quarter-finals

Girls’ Singles Second Round

Boys’ Doubles First Round

Tuesday 11 July 

Men’s and Women’s Singles Quarter-finals

Men’s and Women’s Doubles Quarter-finals

Mixed Doubles Semi-finals

Boys’ Singles Second Round

Girls’ Doubles First Round

Invitation Doubles

Wednesday 12 July 

Men’s and Women’s Singles Quarter-finals

Men’s and Women’s Doubles Quarter-finals

Men’s, Women’s & Quad Wheelchair Singles Quarter-finals

Boys’ & Girls’ Singles Third Round

Boys’ & Girls’ Doubles Second Round

Invitation Doubles

Thursday 13 July 

Women’s Singles Semi-finals

Men’s Doubles Semi-finals

Mixed Doubles Final

Men’s, Women’s & Quad Wheelchair Doubles Semi-finals

Boys’ & Girls’ Singles Quarter-finals

Boys’ & Girls’ Doubles Quarter-finals

Boys’ and Girls’ 14&U Singles

Invitation Doubles

Friday 14 July 

Men’s Singles Semi-finals

Ladies’ Doubles Semi-finals

Gentlemen’s, Ladies’ & Quad Wheelchair Singles Semi-finals

Boys’ & Girls’ Singles Semi-finals

Boys’ & Girls’ Doubles Semi-finals

Boys’ and Girls’ 14&U Singles

Invitation Doubles

Saturday 15 July 

Women’s Singles Final

Men’s Doubles Final

Women’s Wheelchair Singles Final

Men’s Wheelchair Doubles Final

Quad Wheelchair Doubles Final

Girls’ Singles Final

Girls’ Doubles Final

Boys’ Doubles Final

Boys’ and Girls’ 14&U Singles

Sunday 16 July 

Men’s Singles Final

Women’s Doubles Final

Men’s & Quad Wheelchair Singles Final

Women’s Wheelchair Doubles Final

Boys’ Singles Final

Boys’ & Girls’ 14&U Singles Finals

Invitation Doubles

Who is competing at Wimbledon 2023?

Wimbledon has always attracted a broad mix of players ranging from multiple-time Grand Slam champions to unknown wild cards.

The top-ranked players automatically enter to play the main draw with 32 seeds announced before it to ensure they do not meet in the early rounds. From the 2021 Championships, seedings for the men’s and ladies’ singles are based on world rankings.

Djokovic is currently ranked number one in the world in the men’s category after claiming a 23rd Grand Slam title in June at the French Open, with the Serbian the favorite to defend his title on center court and add his seventh Wimbledon title to his unrivaled haul.

Casper Ruud, the Norwegian defeated by Djokovic in France, the Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, and the highly entertaining Nick Kyrgios are three to watch. At the same time, Russian Daniil Medvedev is the third favorite with bookmakers.

Medvedev was banned from participating in 2022 following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, which Moscow calls a “special military operation.”

Italian player Jannik Sinner and American Taylor Fritz are another two to watch, while Cameron Norrie will fly the host country’s flag. The Brit reached the semi-final in 2022, losing out to Novak Djokovic despite claiming a comprehensive first-set win. Two-time winners Andy Murray, Daniel Evans, and Liam Broady will be on the court.

Poland’s Iga Swiatek will aim to improve on her previous best showing at Wimbledon drastically. The current world number one reached the fourth round in 2021, but the defending French and U.S. Open champion is much better equipped to go all the way this time.

Current Women’s holder Rybakina and Aryna Sabalenka – another who missed out on last year’s tournament following the banning of Belarus players – are both in contention. At the same time, Ons Jabeur of Tunisia is also highly fancied. She was the runner-up in the 2022 women’s final, tasting defeat despite winning the first set 6-3, marking the first time a player came from a set down in the final since 2006.

British starlet Emma Radacanu, who shot to fame when she unprecedentedly won the U.S. Open in 2021, will be missing due to her ongoing recovery from hand and ankle surgery.

Top-ranked players – Men

1 Novak Djokovic (Serbia)

2 Carlos Alcaraz (Spain)

3 Daniil Medvedev (Russia)

4 Casper Ruud (Norway)

5 Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece)

6 Holger Rune (Denmark)

7 Andrey Rublev (Russia)

8 Taylor Fritz (U.S.)

9 Jannik Sinner (Italy)

10 Frances Tiafoe (U.S.)

Top-ranked players – Women

1 Iga Swiatek (Poland)

2 Aryna Sabalenka (Belarus)

3 Elena Rybakina (Kazakhstan)

4 Caroline Garcia (France)

5 Jessica Pegula (U.S.)

6 Ons Jabeur (Tunisia)

7 Coco Gauff (U.S.)

8 Maria Sakkari (Greece)

9 Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic)

10 Beatriz Haddad Maia (Brazil)

How to get tickets for Wimbledon 2023

Ballot tickets are all sold out for 2023, but on the day, sales via the Queue are always an option, with up to 500 premium seats available for each show on center court. If you’d like to ballot for 2024 tickets, it’s worth getting ahead of the game: entry opens in September.

How to get tickets for Wimbledon 2023

For more information and to sign up to ballot for 2024 tickets, visit wimbledon.com

How to watch Wimbledon 2023

If you weren’t one of the lucky ones to grab a ticket for the championship, then fear not. There are multiple ways to keep up to speed with the action on the court.

Here are some of the ways you can watch the action on center court at Wimbledon 2023 from the comfort of your own home:

  • BBC Broadcast – Wimbledon will be broadcast in full in the U.K. by the BBC. You can also watch the championship online on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website. There will also be radio commentary on five live and five live sports extra. 
  • Amazon – Amazon has had the live-streaming rights of Wimbledon for five years. If you don’t already have an Amazon Prime account, you can sign up for a 30-day FREE trial.
  • Wimbledon 2023 App – The Official App for The Championships will stream live from the All England Lawn Tennis Club. You can find live real-time scores, watch a daily show from the grounds, and get live updates on all the action. 
  • ESPN – For tennis fans in America, you can watch the 2023 Wimbledon Championship on ESPN. You can access the channel via live T.V. streaming services, including Sling T.V., Hulu + Live T.V., YouTube T.V., and Fubo TV.
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