Today sees the start of the Wimbledon 2008 Grand Slam Tennis tournament. For the next two weeks, BBC will be devoting their schedules to bring you live action from the Championships at Wimbledon. Talking of action, there’s plenty of it, in all there are more than 700 matches to be played in the 12 events which make up Wimbledon. 664 competitors will be vying for their share of the prizepot which stands at over £11million.
In fact the prize fund is £11,812,000 this year, and will see the winners of the Men’s and Women’s competitions scoop £700,000 each, whilst the runners up take £350,000. All those who make it to the First Round will get a share of the prize fund. First round losers get £10,250, Second Round Losers – £17,000 whilst Third Round Losers get £28,125, Fourth Round Losers win 50,000. Making it to the finals see the prize go up further, the loser of the Quarter Finals will receive £93,750, whilst losers of the Semi Finals each get £187,500. All in all a good fee for getting to these stages in a world tennis tournament.
As already mentioned, there are a total of twelve events that make up the Wimbledon Tournament. Obviously the ones which receives the most attention are the Men’s Singles and Womens Singles tournaments. Along with those competitions, you can expect to catch the Men’s and Women’s Doubles and the Mixed Doubles tournaments too.
In addition to the adult competitons, there are also tournaments for Juniors too. The Boys’ Singles and Girls’ Singles, plus the Boys’ Doubles and Girls’ Doubles will also be contested. The Gentleman’s Invitation Doubles, Senior Gentleman’s Doubles, Ladies Invitation Doubles are also contested along with Gentlemen’s Wheelchair Doubles too.
With lots of action to look forward to, which matches are going to be the highlights for you? For me, I have to say that any match in which Federer will find things a little tough, will be great to watch. Federer is looking for his 6th straight win at Wimbledon this year, and is likely to take the title, but I wouldn’t want him to have an easy ride. Looking at his schedule of matches, his first potential rough ride is in the third round when he may face Monfils, and then again in the fourth round where he may face Gonzalez. Both these players gave him a little competition during the French Open.
The prospect of another final between Nadal and Federer is highly likely though, but will Nadal manage to unseat Federer, we shall wait and find out.
Tickets for Wimbledon
Tickets for Wimbledon are still available from sites such as Seatwave. Here are some tickets for Wimbledon:
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