In two short weeks No. 1 Novak Djokovic defends his Wimbledon crown against the rest of the “Big Four” at the All England Tennis Club in London. The 28-year-old Serbian is coming off a disappointing four-set loss to Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka at the French Open final last week, but Djokovic returns to the much friendlier grass surface that saw him best seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in five sets last year.
Djokovic will also have to outlast the likes of 2013 champion Andy Murray, and two-time winner Rafael Nadal. Djokovic enters as a prohibitive 6/5 odds-on favorite, with Murray next at 3/1, Federer at 6/1, and Nadal at 10/1, according to Bovada.lv.
The full tournament gets under way Monday, June 29 and wraps up on July 12. The men’s final will be held on the last day, and the women’s on July 11. But each day’s lineup isn’t announced until the evening prior, with only Djokovic certain to play on the first day at Centre Court.
The draw will be announced Sunday, June 21, with qualifying rounds for both men and women starting the next day and running until June 25.
For those hoping to purchase tickets, unfortunately the majority are gone. A lottery is held at the end of each year, and the winner’s get a pair of seats for a full day’s worth of the tournament. Other and perhaps more avid tennis supporters turn to the five-year debenture tickets, which again offers a pair of seats but instead for the entire tournament over the half-decade span.
A last ditch effort involves the infamous "Wimbledon Queue." Those hoping to purchase tickets camp out a Wimbledon Park for the chance to buy show court tickets or ground passes. According to Telegraph the tent-littered line sometimes swells to more than 2,000 people. The Queue begins at 8 a.m. local time on June 28.
The tournament’s official site states that 500 tickets for Centre Court as well as the No. 1 and No. 2 Courts are available for those in the Queue, and that thousands of grounds passes are up for grabs each day.
Hospitality packages loaded with incentives are also available via Sports World. As the tournament progresses the price for the packages increases, with the first day starting at £1,445 and eventually reached to £4,195 on the day of the men’s final.
The packages include access to either a private chalet or a village suite, which is nestled close by the show courts. The experiences offer premium food and dining, as well as access to a garden area, live music, and a reserved ticket to either Centre or the No. 1 Court.
For those keeping track of the tournament in the United Kingdom, BBC One and BBC Two will telecast the event, and BBC Radio 5 will also broadcast.
ESPN and ESPN2 will cover the tournament in the U.S., starting on the first day at 7 a.m. ET.