Wimbledon 2013 TV Schedule: Biggest Storylines Heading into London

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVJune 23, 2013

May 29, 2013; Paris, France; Roger Federer (SUI) during his match against Somdev Devvarman (IND) on day four of the 2013 French Open at Roland Garros.   Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports
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One of the most iconic sporting events is set to begin on Monday, June 24 as the world's best tennis players gather at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club for the 2013 Wimbledon Championships.

Things are harder to predict than ever on the men's side with a handful of worthy contenders aiming for the crown, while the women's contenders will look to chase down Serena Williams after she took the French Open in runaway fashion. 

From Andy Murray, to Roger Federer, to Maria Sharapova and countless more, the storylines surrounding London over the next two weeks are well worth tuning in for. 

Let's check out the television schedule for Wimbledon and break down the biggest storylines heading into the event. 


Full TV Schedule

Monday, June 24  
First Round 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. ESPN
Tuesday, June 25  
First Round 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. ESPN
Wednesday, June 26  
Second Round 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. ESPN2
Thursday, June 27  
Second Round 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. ESPN2
Friday, June 28  
Third Round 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. ESPN
Saturday, June 29  
Breakfast at Wimbledon 7 a.m. - 8 a.m. ESPN
Third Round 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. ESPN
Sunday, June 30  
Week 1 Highlights 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. ABC
Monday, July 1  
Round of 16 (Centre Court) 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. ESPN
Round of 16 (outer courts) 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. ESPN2
Tuesday, July 2  
Women's Quarterfinals (Centre Court) 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. ESPN
Women's Quarterfinals (Court 1) 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. ESPN2
Wednesday, July 3
Men's Quarterfinals (Centre Court) 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. ESPN
Men's Quarterfinals (Court 1) 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. ESPN2
Thursday, July 4
Breakfast at Wimbledon 7 a.m. - 8 a.m. ESPN
Women's Semifinals 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. ESPN
Friday, July 5
Breakfast at Wimbledon  7 a.m. - 8 a.m. ESPN
Men's Semifinals 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. ESPN
Saturday, July 6
Breakfast at Wimbledon  8 a.m. - 9 a.m. ESPN
Women's Final 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. ESPN
Women's Final Replay 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. ABC
Sunday, July 7
Breakfast at Wimbledon 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. ESPN
Men's Final 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. ESPN
Men's Final Replay 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. ABC

TV schedule courtesy of SportsMediaWatch.com.


Biggest Storylines to Follow

Can Roger Federer Make History?

Federer's 2012 Wimbledon title placed him with William Renshaw and Pete Sampras as the only players to win the event seven times, but he'll be able to stake that claim all by himself if he can win out in London. 

It's hard to believe that Federer's epic journey through the tennis world started 10 years ago at this very event, when the Swiss native won his first-ever major. Time flies when you're watching history.

Since then, Federer has picked up 17 Grand Slam majors in total en route to formulating an argument of being perhaps the greatest tennis player of all time. But if he truly wants to earn that claim and make it believable, he'll have to prove his work is far from done.

With the emergence of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, as well as the continuity of Rafael Nadal, majors aren't quite as easy to come by for Federer nowadays. But the immense competition, combined with Federer's 31 years of age, would only make the moment sweeter. 

Wimbledon is the Masters of golf. There's no other tournament that really lives up to it, even though they all count the same. And if Federer could become the winningest player in history there, it'd be nothing short of special. 


Will Andy Murray Break His Final Barrier?

Grand Slam victory? Check. Olympic gold medalist? Check.

A championship at his home courts of Wimbledon? Oh, so close.

Last year, Murray became the first British tennis player since 1938 to reach the Wimbledon championship match and it seemed that fate was finally on the home nation's side. But Federer had other ideas, winning the match in four sets after Murray got out to an early lead. 

That tough loss lit a fire under Murray, if the remainder of his 2012 season was any indication. He would return to win his first Grand Slam at the U.S. Open, the next major on the slate.

And if that wasn't enough, surely his Olympic gold medal was. Murray took the men's singles competition by beating Federer in straight sets at Wimbledon, ironically enough. 

Could that win at the Olympics be just what Murray needed to finally win at Wimbledon? We'll find out soon enough.


Will Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova Settle Things on the Court?

No. 1 seed Serena Williams and No. 3 seed Maria Sharapova have the possibility of meeting in the Wimbledon women's singles final. 

If they do, expect it to be personal. Well, as personal as a bout can be between two players who stand 80 feet away from each other. 

Sharapova and Williams feuded in respective statements to the media just before Wimbledon started, according to USA Today. Without going into the juicy details, some shots were fired about each tennis star's significant other, among other questionable comments. 

Williams hasn't lost to Sharapova since 2004, which only adds to the allure of a potential championship bout. Just as well, Sharapova will want to avenge her loss to Williams in the 2013 French Open final. 

Although, the likes of Agnieszka Radwanska and Victoria Azarenka might have something to say about that.