Who has been handed a wildcard to SW19?
Serena Williams has been awarded a wildcard to compete for a record 24th major title at Wimbledon, after nearly a year on the sidelines through injury.
Williams, 40, last played a competitive match on Centre Court at last year’s tournament, when she was forced to retire during the first round with a hamstring problem.
There had been fears around whether she was on the brink of retirement from the sport, but has caused a huge stir in announcing her long-awaited return.
She returned to action at Eastbourne International on Tuesday alongside world No 4 Ons Jabeur in the women’s doubles and is set to make her Wimbledon comeback the following week.
Men’s singles wildcards
Zizou Bergs (Bell), Liam Broady (GB), Jay Clarke (GB), Alastair Gray (GB), Paul Jubb (GB), Ryan Peniston (GB), Tim van Rijthoven (Hol), Stan Wawrinka (Swi).
Women’s singles wildcards
Katie Boulter (GB), Jodie Burrage (GB), Sonay Kartal (GB), Yuriko Miyazaki (GB), Daria Saville (Aus), Katie Swan (GB), Serena Williams (US).
Men’s doubles wildcards
Liam Broady (GB) / Jay Clarke (GB), Julian Cash (GB) / Henry Patten (GB), Alastair Gray (GB) / Ryan Peniiston (GB), Jonny O’Mara (GB) / Ken Skupski (GB).
Women’s doubles wildcards
Naiktha Bains (GB) / Maia Lumsden (GB), Alicia Barnett (GB) / Olivia Nicholls (GB), Jodie Burrage (GB) / Eden Silva (GB), Harriet Dart (GB) / Heather Watson (GB), Sarah Beth Gray (GB) / Yuriko Miyazaki (GB), Sonay Kartal (GB) / Nell Miller (GB).
Mixed doubles wildcards
To be announced.
Men’s wheelchair singles wildcard
Tokito Oda (Jpn).
Women’s wheelchair singles wildcard
Momoko Ohtani (Jpn).
Quad wheelchair singles wildcard
Ymanitu Silva (Bra).
Anything new for the tournament?
Wimbledon will become a 14-day tournament from this year, with matches set to be played on middle Sunday, traditionally a day off at the grand slam.
The first Sunday of Wimbledon is normally a rest day, on which tournament organisers work to get the courts back into top shape for the latter rounds, resulting in a so-called “Manic Monday” featuring the entire fourth round of both the men’s and women’s singles.
“From 2022, to coincide with the centenary of centre court, middle Sunday will become a permanent part of the tournament schedule, turning the Championships into a 14-day event,” All England Lawn Tennis Club chairman Ian Hewitt said.
“Thanks to improved grass-court technology and maintenance over the past five years… we are comfortable that we are able to look after the courts, most particularly centre court, without a full day of rest.”
What are the latest odds?
Men’s champion latest odds:
- Novak Djokovic 11/10
- Rafael Nadal 5/1
- Matteo Berrettini 6/1
- Stefanos Tsitsipas 17/2
Women’s champion latest odds:
- Each Swiatek 3/1
- Simona Halep 9/1
- Emma Raducanu 10/1