The All England Club will host one of the most prestigious events in all of tennis over the next two weeks, as the 2014 Wimbledon features a field of big names and competitors.
Many of those big names bowed out early in 2013, much to the shock of many. Rafael Nadal was ousted in Round 1. Roger Federer lost in Round 2. Novak Djokovic lost in the final to Andy Murray.
On the women's side, Serena Williams was the biggest disappointment. After winning three of the past four Wimbledon's, Williams lost in Round 4. That opened the door for Marion Bartoli to win the Grand Slam.
Will we see more shocking results in 2014? The only way to be sure you catch everything is to keep up with the TV schedule and live stream that I've provided below.
Wimbledon 2014 can be seen online at WatchESPN.com.
|2014 Wimbledon Schedule for Opening Rounds|
|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|
Competitors to Watch
Men's: Roger Federer
Roger Federer's disappointing finish at Wimbledon last year was a bit uncharacteristic of him, but he's already poised to succeed in 2014. According to The Associated Press, Federer claimed that he can win this year's installment at the All England Club, via ESPN.com: "I feel like, yeah, if things click here, I should be able to win the tournament. I feel I have a very good chance again this year. I hope to utilize my fitness, the amount of matches I've played this year. So I'm really coming in with a much better feeling."
Federer obviously has a ton of history at Wimbledon. He has won the tournament seven times, and he owns an astounding record of 67-8 over his career there. He plays very well on the grass surface, giving himself an advantage over guys in the field like Nadal who, while no slouch on grass, excels on clay.
After a dominant showing at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany, Federer is poised for more success. Could Halle be a stepping stone for London? Live Tennis' Twitter feed seems to think it is:
Federer sounds hungry in advance of the tournament, so it shouldn't be long before we see him making quick work of the lesser opponents in the opening rounds.
From there, it will be a tough test to get past some of the top stars in men's tennis. If anyone can do it, though, it's Federer.
Women's: Simona Halep
Simona Halep struggles at Wimbledon, but the Romanian has been in good form over the past year. The Associated Press, via SI.com, highlighted her recent success in Grand Slams:
Halep has never been past the second round at the grass-court major.
But she reached the second week at each of the past three Grand Slam tournaments, getting to the fourth round at last year's U.S. Open and the quarterfinals at the Australian Open in January, before making it to the final at Roland Garros this month.
Halep also fought hard in the French Open. It took three sets for Maria Sharapova to win the title, as Halep took a tough second set before failing in the third.
Given her string of recent success, don't be surprised if Halep makes more of a run in this Grand Slam than she has in years past. At the very least, I expect her to make it to the second week of play. She has been far too good recently to expect less.
While the young star might not win the tournament, she will continue to establish herself as one of the better up-and-coming women's competitors in the sport.
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