A few familiar names will be absent from Wimbledon this year but the competition promises to be just as fierce for the big titles.
Ashleigh Barty’s retirement means there will be no defending champion in what remains a wide open women’s field, while Novak Djokovic is bidding for a fourth consecutive men’s singles title and seventh overall.
Here, the PA news agency picks 10 players to watch at the All England Club.
Speculation was growing that Williams would have retired, without notice, having not been seen on a tennis court since suffering a thigh injury at the start of her first round match at Wimbledon there. was 12 months old and had retired in tears. But a wild card sees her return to the big stage and resume her hunt for a record 24th Grand Slam singles title. She surely wouldn’t have flown if she didn’t believe she had another major title in her, but it’s going to be a huge ask.
It has now been three years since a 15-year-old Gauff exploded into the limelight by qualifying for Wimbledon and reaching the fourth round. Her progress since has been solid and, still just 18, the American is on her way to breaking into the top 10 after reaching her first Grand Slam final at Roland Garros earlier this month. Gauff has carried that form on grass and will have high hopes of improving on his last two 16 appearances at SW19.
Just when it seemed Nadal’s body had finally had enough, the Spaniard defied a chronic foot problem to win not only a 14th French Open title, but also a second Australian Open crown. . His record total of 22 Slam titles puts him two behind Djokovic and Roger Federer and he hopes to play at Wimbledon for the first time since 2019. Nadal won the second of his two titles in 2010 but was close to making the final in his last two appearances.
The form on grass undoubtedly belongs to last year’s runner-up Berrettini, who returned from hand surgery with back-to-back titles on grass at Stuttgart and Queen’s Club. The latter saw him defend his title, and his loss to Djokovic at Wimbledon 12 months ago was his only loss in his last 21 matches on grass. The Italian’s huge serve and forehand are particularly powerful on the surface.