When is Wimbledon and what is the draw?

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When is Wimbledon and what is the draw?

Wimbledon is right around the corner with the draw now set for the iconic grass-court event at the All England Club ahead of a tournament that will be like no other this year.

Ranking points have been stripped from the Championships after the All England Club took the decision to ban players from Russia and Belarus as a result of the invasion of Ukraine.

There are plenty of storylines elsewhere, with Emma Raducanu set to return to SW19 for the first time since winning the US Open last September. However, the 19-year-old remains an injury doubt, as does Andy Murray as the two-time Wimbledon champion prepares for another crack at a grand slam.

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Seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams has received a shock wildcard at the age of 40 and a year after her last singles appearance, while Novak Djokovic will be out to stop Rafael Nadal’s grand slam bid after the Spaniard’s victories at the Australian and French Opens.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the tournament.

When is Wimbledon?

Wimbledon will begin on Monday 27 June and will run for two weeks. The women’s singles final will be played on Saturday 9 July with the men’s singles final taking place on Sunday 10 July.

How can I watch it on TV and online?

The BBC will be showing all the action both on TV and across their digital platforms.

What is the draw?

Emma Raducanu will face Alison Van Uytvanck in the first round at Wimbledon in what was a far from straight forward draw for the US Open champion, while Andy Murray will face James Duckworth in the opening round after avoiding a seeded opponent.

Elsewhere, Serena Williams was drawn against the unseeded Harmony Tan on what will be her first tournament appearance since last year’s Wimbledon. Iga Swiatek will open against qualifier Jana Fett while Simona Halep’s first-round match against two-time quarter-finalist Karolina Muchova was perhaps the pick of the ties.

In the men’s draw, defending champion Novak Djokovic will open the tournament against Soonwoo Kwon on Monday while Rafael Nadal, on the other half of the draw, will begin against Francisco Cerundolo.

Projected fourth round ties and bracket based on seeding

Men’s singles

Novak Djokovic / Reilly Opelka vs Carlos Alcaraz / Jannik Sinner

Casper Ruud / Pablo Carreno Busta vs Hubert Hurkacz / Cameron Norrie

Matteo Berrettini / Diego Schwartzman vs Stefanos Tsitsipas / Dennis Shapovalov

Felix Auger-Aliassime / Taylor Fritz vs Rafael Nadal / Marin Cilic

Women’s singles

Iga Swiatek / Barbora Krejcikova vs Garbine Muguruza / Jessica Pegula

Paula Badosa / Simona Halep vs Coco Gauff / Karolina Pliskova

Danielle Collins / Emma Raducanu vs Angelique Kerber / Ons Jabeur

Maria Sakkari / Jelena Ostapenko vs Belinda Bencic vs Anett Kontaveit

What is the prize fund?

Wimbledon has announced record prize money for this summer’s tournament, with the two singles champions taking home £2m each. The total prize money of £40.35m is an 11.1 per cent increase on 2021’s event, where capacity was reduced for Covid reasons, and 5.4 per cent higher than the last regular tournament in 2019.

What are the odds?

Men’s singles

Novak Djokovic - 4/5

Matteo Berrettini - 11/2

Rafael Nadal - 13/2

Carlos Alcaraz - 8/1

Felix Auger-Aliassime - 11/1

Stefanos Tsitsipas - 18/1

Andy Murray - 25/1

Cameron Norrie - 50/1

Women’s singles

Iga Swiatek - 6/4

Coco Guaff - 10/1

Ons Jabeur - 14/1

Simona Halep - 12/1

Emma Raducanu 16/1

Serena Williams - 16/1

Karolina Pliskova - 18/1

Maria Sakkari 20/1