The third grand slam in the world tennis circuit is the Championships at Wimbledon, and the 2018 edition will see the world’s top players clash at the All England Club for the 132nd time in the event’s history.
A list that includes Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray on the Men’s, along with Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber and Petra Kvitova on the Women’s side, and you won’t miss a minute of the action when watching at home or streaming the matches live to a mobile device.
2018 Wimbledon Preview
The 2018 French Open is done and dusted. Now the focus heads to Wimbledon, the most famous tennis tournament in the world and one of the most prestigious sporting events on the calendar. Roger Federer is regarded as the greatest player to have ever graced the grass courts of Wimbledon. He has won here on eight occasions, the latest coming last year after beating Marin Cilic in straight sets. That eight-win tally is an all-time record for the Slam and it’ll be hard for someone to ever match that deed. He looks the man to beat once again in 2018.
The female side of the draw really looks quite tricky. The experts have Petra Kvitova as the favourite despite suffering a shock defeat in the third round of the French Open against Anett Kontaveit. Her record on grass courts is very good though, but she’ll have stiff competition from Serena Williams, who is getting match fit now after giving birth. Simona Halep finally won her first Grand Slam at the French Open and will come to London full of confidence of a good showing.
When: July 2 – 15
Where: All England Club, London
The Qualifying began on Monday, 25 June, as lower ranked players who are not automatic entries compete for the remaining 16 men’s and 12 women’s spots. On Friday, 30 June, the official draw is announced. Finally on Monday, 2 July, the 132nd edition of the grand tournament gets underway.
2018 Wimbledon Live Australian TV Times
Ch 7, 7Two, 7Plus Live TV: 8.30pm – 4.00am daily
Fox Sports 503 LIVE TV: 8.30pm – 6.00am daily
Fox Sports 505 Replays: 6.00am – 8.00pm daily
Men’s and Women’s Finals LIVE TV (AEST)
Sat 14 July Women’s Final: Williams vs Kerber at 11.00pm
Sun 15 July Men’s Final: Anderson vs Djokovic at 11.00pm
Wimbledon Live Streaming
While you can find this year’s Wimbledon Free to Air (Channel 7) in Australia, Fox Sports will provide the most complete coverage of this prestigious tournament including over 600 hours of live action. Beginning on 2 July Fox Sports 2 will broadcast live and in HD every day until the Semi-finals, with daily replays for those who want to catch up.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to consider the Foxtel Sports Combo which offers live online streaming options and currently has no lock-in contract. With the Sports Combo TV pack you can watch the matches at home, or if you’re out and about you can stream Wimbledon free to eligible mobile devices using the Foxtel App.
The men’s side really is all about Roger Federer. If he plays like he usually does on grass, he probably wins. And that does seem to the case after recently winning at Stuttgart, and it showed that he is in supreme order for a crack at winning his 9th title at the All England Club. He claimed this year’s Australian Open in dominant fashion and like last year, he dodged the French Open/clay court season in order to keep his body fresh and primed for Wimbledon. He’s clearly the player to beat.
Rafael Nadal…what more can you say about this man? Couple of years ago, his body looked shot, and retirement was seriously on the cards. But he took his time to recover, carefully managed his knees and is now an eleven-time French Open winner, a record that we won’t see broken during our lifetime. He is a two-time winner at Wimbledon, but his style of play isn’t really suited to the grass court, and it was chips in for him at Roland Garros, so how much petrol is left in the tank?
There were question marks surrounding Novak Djokovic and whether he would get back to the top of the tree. At this stage, you’d say no, but his recent form has been encouraging. He is a three-time winner of Wimbledon, his latest coming in 2015 when beating Federer in four sets. He had a good run recently at the Queens Club and he has admitted that grass courts are his preferred surface to showcasing his best, so he should be seriously respected.
Wimbledon 2018 Women’s Singles Preview
Angelique Kerber is the current world number eleven, formerly a world number one, but the task of playing consistent, high class tennis and maintaining world number one was a task too great. She can be hot and cold at times, but her French Open run, losing to Halep in the Quarter Final, was pretty good, before losing the Final of the Mallorca Open. She lost the 2016 Final here at the hands of Serena Williams, but she’s a fighter and gives her all.
Petra Kvitova is another that can be hit and miss at times, but she is a two-time winner here and does tend to save her best for the grass courts. She suffered a shock loss in the third round of the French Open before having a little freshen up and going deep into the Birmingham Classic. She is a hard hitter and if she gets on a run, with her confidence up, she’ll take some beating.
Ash Barty is a young Australian who gave the game away for a period of time a couple of years back to pursue a cricket career. She is back playing Tennis and her recent form has been very good, winning the Nottingham Open before going down in the Round of 16 at the Birmingham Open. She has proven over the past six months to be a dangerous player and is clearly on the brink of being a top ten player, so you surely want to watch her matches air live should the opportunity come about.