Wimbledon 2014 TV Schedule: Day-by-Day Listings for Entire Tournament

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Wimbledon 2014 TV Schedule: Day-by-Day Listings for Entire Tournament
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The All England Club will open its doors on Monday, ushering in the inaugural matches of 2014's Wimbledon tournament.

Tennis' most sacred tradition will add another chapter to its book when Andy Murray looks to defend his title in front of a British crowd that willed England's crowd favorite to victory last year. Marion Bartoli will be on commentary rather than the grass, so a new women's champion will be crowned.

There's a lot of tennis to keep track of during two booked weeks of action. Here's a look at the complete TV schedule so fans can get their affairs in order beforehand.

2014 Wimbledon Schedule
Date Time TV
Mon., June 23- Thur., June 26 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. ESPN
11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. ESPNEWS
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ESPN2
Fri., June 27 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. ESPN
Sat., June 28 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. ESPN
Mon., June 30 7 a.m. - 11:30 a..m ESPN
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. ESPN2
11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. ESPNEWS
Tue., July 1 (Women's Quarterfinals) 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. ESPN
8 a.m. - 1 p.m. ESPN2
11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. ESPNEWS
Wed., July 2 (Men's Quarterfinals) 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. ESPN
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. ESPN2
Thur., July 3 (Women's Semifinals) 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. ESPN
Fri., July 4 (Men's Semifinals) 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. ESPN
Sat., July 5 (Women's Final) 9 a.m. - 3 p.m ESPN
Sun., July 6 (Men's Final) 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. ESPN

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Not that Serena Williams worries herself much with draws, but she has a rough one ahead.

The five-time Wimbledon champion could face a French Open semifinalist in Eugenie Bouchard or Andrea Petkovic during the fourth round, and both finalists also occupy her bracket. She can potentially meet Simona Halep in the semifinals, but not before dealing with French Open champion Maria Sharapova in the quarterfinals.

There's then the matter of not receiving the honor of opening play on Centre Court. Usually the women's champion competes in the first match on Tuesday after the men's title-holder takes the court during Monday's opening. With Bartoli retired, the slot remained vacant.

Earlier in the week, Sports Illustrated's Jon Wertheim made the case for Williams, whom he felt was the logical selection.

The good folks at the All England Club explained to us that they have a few choices: the slot can go to the champion two years ago, the current top seed or most recent finalist. Given that Serena Williams meets two of those three criteria, the guess is that she gets the call.

Instead, Sabine Lisicki—who lost to Bartoli in the last year's final—will kick off the festivities. The New York Times' Ben Rothenberg viewed it as a curious selection:

The perceived slight could further fuel Williams' fire after getting knocked out during the second round at Rolland Garros. After the last seven tournaments during which she failed to advance past the fourth round, Williams made the championship match five times, notching three victories.

A brutal draw may actually favor Williams, who now can't afford to slip up early in the tournament. When locked in, she's the toughest player on the planet. She's also the rare star more prone to an early upset than a late defeat against a high-caliber foe.

Sharapova can once again survive sharing real estate with Williams if somebody else does her dirty work, but a head-to-head meeting would spell a probable end to the 27-year-old's recent hot streak.

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For the men, Andy Murray will fight to repeat at All England Club as the No. 3, a bump up from his No. 5 world rank. Grass-court play came into account for men's seeding at Wimbledon, and the reigning champion is a career 74-15 with five titles on the natural surface, per ATP World Tour.

He talked about returning to his native country with a bull's-eye on his back to the Associated Press' Samuel Petrequin, via ABC News.

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"It will be a proud moment to come back as defending champion," Murray said. "I don't know how I will feel, I have no idea. I'm sure I will be nervous and feel some pressure, but I'll try to enjoy it. It's a new experience for me."

Although he received a fairly favorable draw, his path to the finals will likely see Novak Djokovic in the way. The two stars are on a collision course for a semifinal bout, with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer highlighting the other side of the draw.

Considering Stan Wawrinka's recent struggles and 17-19 grass-court record, it's very feasible that the 2014 Australian Open champion will bow out early and make room for men's tennis' core four to square off for the crown.

That lately leads to a Nadal-Djokovic clash, but Murray can't be overlooked playing in his home country on his preferred surface. Nadal has also lost his last three grass-court matches, so there might be something different in store for Wimbledon.

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