Wimbledon 2015: The ones to watch

One News Page Staff


by 👨‍💻 Grey Pointer

It's that time of year again - when all eyes watch back and forth as merry old England plays host to the tennis calendar's perhaps most celebrated of tournaments. This is a big draw for racket-swinging fans everywhere, as well as those who just like to get out in the sun and enjoy a bit of the old strawberries and cream.

This year's tournament certainly promises to be an interesting one for both Men's and Women's singles championships, with either one of the reigning champions coming up against an onslaught of returning pros and former winners eager to get their hands back on the fabled trophy.

It's two weeks of triumph and upset in equal measure - reigning men's champion and World Number One Novak Djokovic fought off all comers in last year's tournament to win his first Wimbledon trophy since 2011 - the same amount of time that had elapsed for reigning women's champion Petra Kvitova! However, signs say that this year's matches may end up seeing a new pair of winners in centre court at the end of the fortnight.

Djokovic is expected to be especially under threat from World Number Three Andy Murray, fresh from his landmark fourth victory in this year's Queen's Club championship and understandably eager to retain the title he last earned in 2013 - going into the tournament as third seed - and having proved worthy of top-flight tennis (and indeed a previous win), Murray is easily at the top of Djokovic's list of ones to watch.

He should similarly not be underestimating Roger Federer, one of the most persistent stars on the circuit - keen to monopolise on his place in the rankings as World Number Two and to claw back much of the glory that he's failed to capture at Wimbledon since 2012. While Federer may be considered an ‘old timer' at the game compared to the likes of many in the rankings, he is still a formidable player and a seven-time winner at the tournament - and next to nobody in the game will forget his astounding five-year consecutive stint as Wimbledon champion.

Rafael Nadal, too, is a recognisable star returning to the tournament this year, seeded in tenth place (which may well line himself up against Murray in the fourth round). Nadal has been unluckily plagued by injury in recent years but the former champion's persistence and passion for the game keep him very much in the zone for potential star of the tournament. Stan Wawrinka is another name that has caused a stir on the courts in recent history, sealing a fourth place seed this time around.

Serena Williams returns to Wimbledon this year straight in as the #1 seed in the women's competition - one place ahead of incumbent champion Petra Kvitova - and reports says she is eyeing both a record sixth win at centre court and is on top form to defeat all-comers in this year's tournament. Williams has been at the top of her game as long as Federer has in the men's - but she isn't the only female star that Kvitova may want to worry about.

Tennis mainstay Maria Sharapova promises to cause a few upsets during the tournament, entering in as seed #4 and looking for her first win at Wimbledon in over ten years. Having turned pro in 2001 and still earmarked as one of tennis' most exciting players, she's hoping to break what has been a drought of success in the UK and take on all comers.

Another to watch at Wimbledon this year will be the remarkable Simona Halep, currently ranked third in the world and in the female championship. At the age of twenty-three, Halep already has a number of respectable tournament finishes under her belt and has defeated a number of former world champions without having won a tournament herself (including prospective Wimbledon champion Serena Williams). A semi-finalist in last year's tournament, Halep is perhaps one of the most exciting players in tennis today, and it'll be interesting to see what she can do in just under a week's time.

While predicting a tennis tournament's results can be wildly difficult, these are just a few of the game's front runners and are those most likely to shine through in the next fortnight. However, Wimbledon is notorious for upsets, and for those, we cannot wait!