As the tennis season moves into summer, we come to the year’s biggest tournament – Wimbledon. The most coveted of the four Grand Slams, the Championships – ow mucheld at the All England Tennis Club – attract the best of the world’s tennis talent, from new French Open champions Simona Halep and Rafael Nadal to Roger Federer and Serena Williams. And (hopefully, injury-permitting) Andy Murray…
But who will lift the trophy? And will fellow British hopefuls Kyle Edmund and Johanna Konta make it to the latter stages of the competition? As usual, the BBC will be screening the Championships for the full two weeks. Here are all the details you need – as they’re announced – of how to watch live and on catch-up, the Wimbledon draw and seedings and the daily court schedule.
When is Wimbledon 2018?
This year’s Championships are held from Monday 2nd July – Sunday 15th July, with the women’s final taking place on 14th July followed by the men’s final on 15th July. Qualifying will be held at the Bank of England Club from Monday 25th June – Thursday 28th June with Brit Dan Evans, who recently served a year-long drugs ban, among those bidding for a place in the main draw.
The men’s and women’s (or gentlemen’s and ladies’, in Wimbledon speak) tournaments begin on 2nd July, with the doubles starting on 4th July and mixed doubles from 5th July. The juniors, wheelchair and invitational matches commence on Saturday 7th July.
How can I watch Wimbledon 2018 on TV and online?
Wimbledon 2018 will be as usual screened by the BBC who are screening the tournament in Ultra HD for the first time. Sue Barker is back, fronting a team presenting live matches during the day on BBC1 and BBC2 each day from 11:30am (11am on day one) with commentators including Andrew Castle and John Inverdale. There will also be insight from tennis legends including John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Boris Becker, Billie Jean King, Tracy Austin, Pat Cash, Kim Clijsters and Tim Henman.
The BBC will also broadcast an evening round-up – Today at Wimbledon – hosted by Clare Balding on BBC2, reflecting on the day’s best action.
Online, all Centre Court matches will be available in Ultra HD on BBC iPlayer, with up to 16 live HD streams also available on BBC Sport online, BBC iPlayer and via the Red Button.
But there will be one crucial difference this year. The cameras that capture all the action will be taken in-house, as of 2018, with the All England Club, rather than the BBC, choosing the footage to be shown on our TV screens for the first time.
If you have Eurosport, you can also watch a highlights package, airing daily from 10-11:30pm, with the broadcaster owning exclusive rights to countries like Belgium, Russia, the Netherlands and Sweden. Eurosport is also where you can watch all the action from Eastbourne International – a Wimbledon warm-up event which this year welcomes Andy Murray. Here’s more details of how to watch.
How do I get tickets to Wimbledon?
This is a tricky one. The vast majority of tickets for Centre Court, No.1 Court, No.2 Court and No.3 Court are distributed via a public ballot which is open from 1st September to 31st December. Prices range from £25 to £210. If you were successful in the ballot, you would have heard back before the end of February 2018. Click here for more information and details of how to apply for tickets next year.
There are two alternative to ballot tickets: firstly, each day Ticketmaster sells several hundred tickets online for the following day’s play – you’ll need to register at MyWimbledon to be the first to get details. And secondly, there’s the Queue. Here you can line up for a limited allocation of tickets on Centre Court, No.1 Court, No.2 Court and grounds passes. Access to Wimbledon via the Queue often involves an early start – and sometimes an overnight camp.
Who are the top seeds playing at Wimbledon?
The Wimbledon seedings will be revealed at the end of June. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are expected to be near the top, with the Swiss player recently relinquishing his world number one spot to the Spaniard after suffering a shock defeat to Borna Coric in the final of his warm-up event, the Halle Open.
Nadal has taken a break since claiming his 11th title at Roland Garros, pulling out of Queen’s, but expect him to be raring to go come the start of July. Other male seeds are likely to include Alexander Zverev, Queen’s winner Marin Cilic and Grigor Dimitrov, as well as Novak Djokovic, whose ranking has tumbled to 17. Injury-hit Andy Murray has tumbled to number 156, with Kyle Edmund expected to be Britain’s top seeded player.
The women’s top seeds are expected to include Simona Halep (who recently lifted the French Open trophy – her maiden Grand Slam – but is suffering from an Achilles injury), Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitova (who just won in Birmingham) and Garbine Muguruza, the latter defending her 2017 title. Serena Williams – who has won Wimbledon seven times – is also expected to take part in the draw although it’s unclear yet whether the All England Club will choose to seed her.