Wimbledon’s main event kicks off today, and the competition is looking fierce this year. Out of the hundreds of players competing in London, it can be hard to keep track of who to watch. At Tennis Express, we’ve narrowed down some key Wimbledon players to follow. Win or lose, these competitors are almost certain to display amazing performances for the world to see.
Novak Djokovic Chases the Golden Slam
Hot off his win at the Rolland Garros, the reigning Wimbledon champion is the current favorite to win the men’s singles. A lot is riding on the line for him this event: If Novak Djokovic wins Wimbledon, then he’ll tie Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal for holding 20 Grand Slam wins. It’ll also put him at 3 out of 4 Grand Slam victories from achieving a Golden Slam. Such a legendary achievement was last achieved in men’s singles by Rod Laver in 1969. With competition stiffer than ever, Djokovic is under immense pressure going into London.
Serena Williams Seeks to Make History
Leading the charge Of Nike’s women’s team is none other than living legend Serena Williams, seeking her 24th Grand Slam victory. She’ll be sporting an exclusive Dri-FIT dress and, of course, her signature Nike Flare tennis shoes. Since grass is her favorite surface to play on, Serena certainly holds the Advantage over her competition. If she can secure victory at Wimbledon, Serena will tie tennis legend Margaret court for most Grand Slam victories. Like Djokovic, there’s a lot on the lines this year for America’s superstar.
Roger Federer Staying Strong
The 8-time Wimbledon Champion makes his long-anticipated return to London after last year’s shocking cancellation. Thankfully the Swiss veteran finds himself on the opposite half of the draw as Djokovic, ensuring we won’t see a premature end to either’s Wimbledon run. Despite knee surgery and his age, Roger Federer holds an impressive win record on the grass court. His experience will be the key to taking him far into the tourney, if not the championship itself.
Barbora Krejcikova Rides Her Momentum
Everyone’s eyes should be on Rolland Garros’s dark horse if they haven’t already. Having won both women’s singles and doubles at the French Open, the Czech rising star might surprise everyone yet. Being a Women’s Doubles Champion in 2018, Krejcikova definitely has what it takes to compete with the best this year. If anything, we can expect great things to happen once she partners up with Katerina Siniakova for doubles. Of the Wimbledon players, Krejcikova just might have the most to prove.
Sebastian Korda Carries on His Family’s Legacy
Hot off his win against Alex de Minaur, America’s Sebastian Korda is looking to be a real contender this year. Korda carries his momentum from Roland Garros, where he was one of the youngest Americans to reach the quarterfinals. With both his parents being pro tennis players, Korda has a strong pedigree on his side. Outside the tennis court, his sisters are also doing amazingly on the golf course. The Korda family in general is a house of athletes worth following.
Carlos Alcaraz Rises Up to the Challenge
Spain’s own rising star, Carlos Alcaraz, is making his Wimbledon debut this year. Often called the “new Nadal,” the 18-year-old is currently the youngest player in the ATP 500. Not wanting to draw too many comparisons with Rafa, Alcaraz has a chance to make a name for himself in London. Ironically, Alcaraz likens his play to Roger Federer’s, citing more aggressive net play and drop shots. If he can channel Federer’s energy, Alcaraz has the potential to perform amazingly at Wimbledon.
Rafael Nadal Takes a Short Break
Unfortunately, the King of Clay is bowing out of Wimbledon this year. Citing health concerns, Rafa wants to give his body time to recover so he can extend his career. For this reason, he will also be skipping the similarly anticipated Tokyo Olympics as well. However, we have gotten a sneak peek at what he would have worn to the tournament.
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Featured above is the London Advantage Rafa Crew and the London Advantage 7″ Short. Completing the outfit is the Air Zoom Vapor Cage 4. It’s regretful to see Rafa opt out of 2 major tournaments in a row. Nevertheless, we’re all eager to see him return in top form for the future.
These are just a few out of many Wimbledon players seeking the prestigious championship. With competition so fierce, the trophy is fair game for just about anyone. As fresh faces like Shintaro Mochizuki make their pro debut, we might see a surprise run from the qualifiers and see some unexpected new challenges arise. The next 2 weeks are going to be filled with excitement, so be sure to cheer on your favorite players!