Sunday, June 23, 2013
Wimbledon at a glance
LONDON -- A look at Wimbledon, the year's third Grand Slam tennis tournament:
Surface: Grass courts.
Site: The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
Schedule: Play begins Monday. The women's singles final is July 6; the men's singles final is July 7. There are no matches scheduled for the two-week tournament's middle Sunday, June 30.
Monday's Top Men's Matches: No. 2 Andy Murray vs. Benjamin Becker, No. 3 Roger Federer vs. Victor Hanescu, No. 5 Rafael Nadal vs. Steve Darcis, No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. David Goffin, No. 11 Stanislas Wawrinka vs. Lleyton Hewitt.
Monday's Top Women's Matches: No. 2 Victoria Azarenka vs. Maria Joao Koehler, No. 3 Maria Sharapova vs. Kristina Mladenovic, No. 8 Petra Kvitova vs. CoCo Vandeweghe, No. 9 Caroline Wozniacki vs. Estrella Cabeza Candela, No. 17 Sloane Stephens vs. Jamie Hampton.
Monday's Forecast: Cloudy. Wind up to 20 mph. High of 64 degrees.
2012 Men's Singles Champion: Roger Federer of Switzerland.
2012 Women's Singles Champion: Serena Williams of the United States.
Last Year: Federer won his record-extending 17th Grand Slam title, and seventh at Wimbledon, by beating Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 in the first singles final played with Centre Court's retractable roof closed. Murray was the first British man since Bunny Austin in 1938 to reach the championship match at Wimbledon. Williams beat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 for her fifth Wimbledon title, beginning a run in which she's gone 74-3 and collected three of the past four major championships.
Key Statistic: 1936 -- The last time a British man (Fred Perry) won Wimbledon.
Prize Money: Total is about $35 million, with about $2.5 million each to the men's and women's singles champions. Those are increases of about 40 percent from 2012.