Wimbledon 2014 is set to become another tumultuous chapter in the careers of many of the top stars in tennis.
Every tennis major puts the world's top players on notice; they are the tournaments where good becomes great, impossible becomes merely improbable and legends secure immortality.
Wimbledon 2014 will be no different, as the world's top players descend on London, England in order to prove their worth.
We don't want you to miss out on a second of tournament action, so here is the roundup of key information for Wimbledon 2014.
Wimbledon 2014 Information
Where: All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, England
When: June 23 to July 6
Times: The full schedule of play for Wimbledon 2014 can be found on the tournament's official website. The schedule will be updated throughout the tournament.
Sharapova won the 2014 French Open but didn't have to go through Williams, who was knocked out of the tournament early on. Sharapova has lost to Williams in 16 of their 18 contests, so she has plenty to prove in London and will likely thrive on the challenge as she and Williams are in the same quarter draw.
"I think the competition is a drug for Maria,” said Max Eisenbud, Sharapova's agent, via Christopher Clarey of the New York Times. “And when her career is over, it’s something that will be such a big void for her. At 4-all, 30-all in the third in the late rounds of a Grand Slam, it’s like her dream. For most people it’s their nightmare.”
Both stars will face a challenge from Simona Halep, who is playing some of the most consistently strong tennis in the world. She has made it to the finals in three of her last seven tournaments, including a runner-up finish at the 2014 French Open.
On the men's side, Wimbledon 2014 will be a pivotal tournament for four of its top players.
Rafael Nadal is coming off a victory in the 2014 French Open, but that was on the clay courts of Roland Garros—his preferred habitat. The slick grass of Wimbledon hasn't been particularly kind to Nadal in recent years; the indefatigable Spaniard hasn't made it past the second round of this tournament since 2011.
Nadal was unable to carry over his dominance in Paris to the Gerry Weber Open, where Dustin Brown trounced him 6-4, 6-1 in the second round.
For Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, Wimbledon represents an opportunity to pry open their Grand Slam trophy cabinets for the first time since 2013 and 2012, respectively.
Federer, at 32 years old, is no longer the impeccably smooth operator he was in his younger days. Wimbledon offers a late-career opportunity for him to cement his legacy as the most dominant player of all time.
Tennis analyst Brad Gilbert believes Federer's ability to keep his composure and win easy points on grass makes him a threat at Wimbledon, despite his advanced age.
"He gets more 1-2s than any player I've ever seen on grass: Serve, first-ball winner," he said, via ESPN's Greg Garber. "Pete [Sampras] would serve and volley, but Fed's placement is unreal."
Andy Murray used to remain just outside the top-tier orbit of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, but last year's Wimbledon victory cemented his place among the top players in tennis.
The top players in tennis are at a significant crossroads in this tournament, which should create some compelling match-ups in the early and middle rounds. Wimbledon provides these players the chance to enhance their legacy and simultaneously prove their versatility by winning on the famous grass courts in London.
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