Wimbledon 2013 TV Schedule: When and Where to Catch All the First-Round Action

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IJune 24, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 26:  A view of courts 8 and 9 with Centre Court in the background on day two of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 26, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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The third Grand Slam of the year is set to kick off on Monday, June 24, as the best tennis players in the world descend upon the All England Club for the 2013 Wimbledon Championships. 

Serena Williams looks unstoppable on the women's side, while the Big Four on the men's side appear to be rested and ready to go. Three of them will duke it out on the bottom half of the men's draw, while Novak Djokovic will have an easier go of it on the top half. 

Round 1 can tend to be a bit boring, as the world's best are pitted against players well below their status, but upsets happen every year in every Grand Slam. 

With this in mind, there are a few potential upsets on the schedule in the first round at the All England Club in 2013. Before getting into those matches, however, here's a look at the television schedule for this year's Wimbledon Championships.


2013 Wimbledon 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 information courtesy of SportsMediaWatch.com.


Must-See Matches in Round 1

Gilles Simon (19) vs. Feliciano Lopez

Interestingly enough, Lopez recently defeated Simon in the men's final at the Aegon International in Eastbourne, winning in three sets.

In the four previous matches between these two men, Simon was undefeated, but he had never faced Lopez on grass until this month.

Simon is much better on clay than he is on grass. In his seven previous attempts at Wimbledon, Simon has never gotten out of the fourth round. He'll get his chance to taste revenge against Lopez in Round 1 this year.

It will be interesting to see if Simon has figured out how to beat Lopez when they face off early in the proceedings at the All England Club.


Tomas Berdych (7) vs. Martin Klizan

Berdych and Klizan have never before faced off, but this match should be full of fireworks, nonetheless.

Berdych is a wild-card candidate to go deep in the top half of the men's draw—if not win the whole thing. He possesses a dynamite serve and powerful forehand that work well on grass and other hard surfaces. 

The talented Czech player reached the men's final just three years ago, losing to Rafael NadalThat said, he's capable of completely blowing up at the worst possible moment, as his first-round exit last year proved. 

Klizan got into the second round of last year's Wimbledon, and though he has yet to win a tournament this year, he could benefit from an off day from Berdych and advance into the second round with a strong showing. 


Jelena Jankovic (16) vs. Johanna Konta

Jankovic is a fine player, as her seed suggests, but she's never been particularly deft at playing on grass surfaces. She has never gotten out of the fourth round at Wimbledon, and lesser opponents have beaten her in Round 1 the past two years.

Konta is an Australian-born player who has never even participated in any previous Grand Slams. She's been representing Great Britain since 2012, however, and the home crowd will surely be on her side when she faces Jankovic. 

Though her play thus far in 2013 doesn't suggest great things for Konta in the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, nobody should be surprised if she knocks off Jankovic in Round 1 to advance to the next stage in the proceedings. 


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