Wimbledon is ‘finest event on this planet’, says Tim Henman

The ultimate preparations for this 12 months’s version of the Wimbledon tennis event are being finalised, and the world-famous event is able to welcome the game’s best gamers, with the All England Membership celebrating a centenary of motion on the centre court docket.

A stellar lineup of tennis’ best will participate for what may very well be one among their last occasions at Wimbledon, because the crown of the British sporting summer time returns.

Euronews sports activities editor Andy Robini spoke to former British No.1 Tim Henman about what makes the championship so particular.

”I personally would say that Wimbledon is the perfect tennis event on this planet,” says Henman. 

“It’s actually in regards to the historical past, custom, the grass courts, the predominantly white clothes and I believe once you mirror again to when the occasion began again in 1877, it actually has lots of historical past and traditions so I am trying ahead to it.”

Henman by no means gained a Grand Slam at Wimbledon, however he did attain the semi-finals on 4 events. He says the way in which to win the event is completely different now to when he was taking part in.  

“I believe grasscourt tennis has modified through the years. It was far more ‘serve and volley’ dominated, however now I believe you see much more of the motion from the again of the court docket. Bodily, technically, and mentally, you have to be able to go,” he mentioned. 

“The Grand Slam is over two weeks [long] so you’ve got to be able to try to win seven matches.”

The final hurrah?

Most of the world’s largest names are set to participate, with Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray all that includes on the grass court docket.

Rising stars like Emma Raducanu, Iga Swiatek and Carlos Alcaraz are additionally taking part in, lots of them hoping to mount their Wimbledon journey.

Regardless of asserting final 12 months his profession was completed on account of a continual foot harm, 36-year-old Nadal proved his resilience, preventing again to win the Australian Open and French Open titles this 12 months. 

May he add a 3rd Wimbledon title to his identify earlier than bowing out? It might be a powerful feat. 

For Serena Williams, the seven-time Grand Slam holder will make her singles comeback. In final 12 months’s occasion, the 40-year-old American needed to finish her marketing campaign early after struggling a hamstring harm on the primary day of motion.

Williams made her return to the WTA Tour at Eastbourne earlier this week, taking part in within the doubles alongside Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur.

No Russian or Belarussian gamers

Will probably be one other SW19 event which has a unique really feel due to a significant international disaster.

There are not any rating factors out there for the gamers as a result of Wimbledon, in contrast to its Grand Slam companions on the French Open and US Open, determined to ban Russian and Belarusian gamers from competing due to the invasion of Ukraine.

Daniil Medvedev — the Russian who’s the lads’s world primary — is the most important absentee due to the transfer. Fellow Russian Andrey Rublev is one other top-10 participant not current within the males’s draw.

On the ladies’s aspect, Belarusian world quantity six Aryna Sabalenka is probably the most notable absentee.

The seedings for Wimbledon now straight comply with the world rankings after beforehand considering previous performances on the grass.

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