On June 29, top seeds Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic will launch their journey toward another Wimbledon title. Djokovic is looking to defend his title after he captured his second championship at the All England Club in 2014.
After winning the Australian Open, Djokovic stumbled in the finals against Stan Wawrinka at the French Open. Can he right the ship for the year's third Grand Slam event? If his performance at Wimbledon warm-up event, The Boodles, is any indication, the answer is: no.
Djokovic was upset by 18-year-old Alexander Zverev 6-4, 6-3 in straight sets. Per a video interview from the Daily Mail, Djokovic said: "Wimbledon is the one we all dream of winning." His latest outings have been more like nightmares, but it'll be interesting to see if he can regain his form from earlier in the year to win again in London.
Serena Williams failed to win at Wimbledon in 2014, but that's one of the few times she's failed to do anything over the last year. Williams won the 2014 U.S. Open, the 2015 Australian Open and French Open. If she wins at Wimbledon for what would be the sixth time, she will have won four straight Grand Slams for the second time in her career.
The last time she did it was from 2002-2003 when she was just 21 years old. To repeat the feat at 33 would make her arguably the greatest player to have ever played the game. Here's how you can watch potential history in the making.
Schedule and Order of Play Info
|Wimbledon TV Schedule|
|June 29||7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.||Early Rounds Day 1||ESPN|
|June 30||7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.||Early Rounds Day 2||ESPN|
|July 1||7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.||Early Rounds Day 3||ESPN|
|July 2||7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.||Early Rounds Day 4||ESPN|
|July 3||7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.||Early Rounds Day 5||ESPN|
|July 4||8 a.m. - 4 p.m.||Early Rounds Day 6||ESPN|
|July 5||3 p.m. - 6 p.m.||Encore Coverage||ABC|
|July 6||7 a.m. - 5 p.m.||Round of 16 (Court 1 & outer courts)||ESPN2|
|July 6||8 a.m. - 3 p.m.||Round of 16 (Centre Court)||ESPN|
|July 7||8 a.m. - 1 p.m.||Women's Quarterfinals (Centre Court)||ESPN|
|July 7||8 a.m. - 4 p.m.||Women's Quarterfinals (Court 1)||ESPN2|
|July 8||8 a.m. - 3 p.m.||Men's Quarterfinals (Centre Court)||ESPN|
|July 8||8 a.m. - 4 p.m.||Men's Quarterfinals (Court 1)||ESPN2|
|July 9||8 a.m. - 1 p.m.||Women's Semifinals||ESPN|
|July 10||8 a.m. - 2 p.m.||Men's Semifinals||ESPN|
|July 11||9 a.m. - 3 p.m.||Women's Championship||ESPN|
|July 11||3 p.m. - 6 p.m.||Women's Championship Encore Coverage||ABC|
|July 12||9 a.m. - 3 p.m.||Men's Championship||ESPN|
|July 12||3 p.m. - 6 p.m.||Men's Championship Encore Coverage||ABC|
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Things will get off to a fast start on the first two days of the tournament. ESPN Tennis has a break down of when the best players will play their first-round matches:
Williams has a draw that could see her face former Grand Slam champions Maria Sharpova, Ana Ivanovic and Victoria Azarenka. That sounds worse than it really should be for Williams. The future Hall of Famer has compiled a career record of 41-6 against the trio.
Williams is unstoppable when she's playing well. Unless someone can inject Martina Navratilova and/or Steffi Graf with water from the fountain of youth, Williams should win another Grand Slam. She's truly amazing.
On the men's side, Djokovic's draw is favorable, but he's simply not playing well enough to feel confident in picking him. Meanwhile, No. 2 seed Roger Federer might not see a tough challenge until the quarterfinals where he could meet sixth seed Tomas Berdych.
I like Federer and Williams to repeat their amazing 2012 runs and win again at Wimbledon.