Wimbledon is the most exhilarating of all of tennis' Grand Slams. Period.
Something about the grass courts and the excitement of London makes it truly unique.
Wimbledon 2012 promises to bring new thrills with it, as it comes on the heels of a huge French Open.
Rafael Nadal captured his seventh French Open title, which is the most in history. The King of Clay dropped only one set all tournament en route to his seventh title in eight years at Roland Garros, with that one set coming against world's No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
The Djoker looked like the only person who could challenge Rafa on clay, and now that they play on grass, Djokovic looks to win his second Grand Slam of the year.
However, there is no guarantee that we will see these two in the finals at Wimbledon. Roger Federer is making a huge push to win his seventh title at Wimbledon, which would tie him with Pete Sampras for the most in the Open Era.
On the women's side, there is nothing that can be taken for granted.
The French proved this to us, as Serena Williams was ousted in the first round of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career, and previous world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka stumbled in the first round and lost in the fourth.
Maria Sharapova ended up winning at Roland Garros to complete her career Grand Slam, and attained the world's No. 1 ranking in the process.
Through the opening matches of Day 1, we've already seen impressive tennis in London.
Venus Williams suffered the same fate that her sister did in Roland Garros, losing in the first round to Elena Vesnina 6-1, 6-3.
On the men's side, we saw Roger Federer come out strong on his preferred surface, beating Albert Ramos 6-1, 6-1, 6-1. However, John Isner was not so lucky, losing in five sets to Alejandro Falla.
Still, the best action is yet to come, and Day 2 promises to bring more thrills with it as the tournament progresses.
For the full bracket, be sure to check out Wimbledon.com.
The men's bracket is essentially based off of the top players in each section.
Section 1 features Djokovic, while Section 2 is led by Federer, who looks to meet the Djoker in the semifinals en route to his seventh Wimbledon championship.
Section 3 is led by Andy Murray, who looks to be the first Englishman to win the event since Fred Perry won three straight titles from 1934 to 1936. However, he will be challenged by Rafael Nadal, who is the featured player in Section 4.
The women's side of things is much more open than the men's. There are contenders to win the event all over the bracket, and you can never tell when there will be a huge upset (like that of Venus Williams earlier today).
Section 1 looks like it belongs to new world's No. 1 Maria Sharapova, although she could be upended by Vera Zvonareva.
Section 2 is much tougher and could be called the Section of Death. Agnieszka Radwanska, Samantha Stosur, Maria Kirilenko, Nadia Petrova and Na Li are all still in contention.
Section 3 looks like it should feature Serena Williams and Petra Kvitova, especially as Williams uses her poor showing at Roland Garros as motivation in London.
Section 4 is completely open, as previous world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, Caroline Wozniacki, Marion Bartoli and Ana Ivanovic are all fighting to move on to the semis.
Day 2 Matches to Watch For
For the full Day 2 schedule, be sure to check out Wimbledon.com.
Top contenders like Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki are set to play on Tuesday. However, there are a few matches you cannot miss.
When Serena plays Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, we will see her for the first time since losing in the first round at the French. It will be interesting to see how she recovers from such a humiliating defeat, and she may take out her frustration on Strycova.
The other match I like is Tsonga against Lleyton Hewitt. Hewitt is a former champion at Wimbledon, winning the event in 2002. However, he has struggled mightily since then, and that remains his last Grand Slam championship.
Tsonga is looking to sneak into the finals this year by way of defeating Hewitt and eventually Nadal en route to the finals. He has the potential to make a deep run, but this match could feature a huge upset.
Full Television Schedule
|Tuesday, June 26||7 a.m. - 5 p.m.||Round 1||ESPN2|
|Wednesday, June 27||7 a.m. - 5 p.m.||Round 2||ESPN2|
|Thursday, June 28||7 a.m. - 5 p.m.||Round 2||ESPN2|
|Friday, June 29||7 a.m. - 5 p.m.||Round 3||ESPN|
|Saturday, June 30||7 a.m. - 3 p.m.||Round 3||ESPN|
|Monday, July 2||7 a.m. - 5 p.m.||Round 4||ESPN2|
|Monday, July 2||8 a.m. - 3 p.m.||Round 4 Centre Court||ESPN|
|Tuesday, July 3||7 a.m. - 5 p.m.||Women's Quarterfinals||ESPN2|
|Tuesday, July 3||8 a.m. - 1 p.m.||Women's Quarterfinals CC||ESPN|
|Wednesday, July 4||7 a.m. - 5 p.m.||Men's Quarterfinals||ESPN2|
|Wednesday, July 4||7 a.m. - 5 p.m.||Men's Quarterfinals CC||ESPN|
|Thursday, July 5||7 a.m. - 5 p.m.||Women's Semifinals||ESPN|
|Friday, July 6||7 a.m. - 5 p.m.||Men's Semifinals||ESPN|
|Saturday, July 7||9 a.m. - 2 p.m.||Women's Final||ESPN|
|Sunday, July 8||9 a.m. - 3 p.m.||Men's Final||ESPN|
ESPN3 will also be streaming the action online.