In the men’s draw, Rafael Nadal has a chance to equal Williams’ tally of 23 Grand Slam titles, but he’s set to face stiff competition from top seed Novak Djokovic, who is looking to win his fourth consecutive title at Wimbledon.
The 40-year-old, who got a wild card for the tournament, will face France’s Harmony Tan in the first round.
Although grass is not her favorite surface, world No. 1 Swiatek’s supreme form so far this year puts her well placed to win a third Grand Slam title and her first at Wimbledon – although she won the girls’ championship in 2018. She faces Croatian qualifier Jana Fett in the first round.
Nadal and Djokovic lead the men’s draw
This means few would be watching Nadal and Djokovic for this year’s title, with the Spaniard looking to win his third straight Grand Slam title.
But ahead of Wimbledon he said he hadn’t limped for a week, adding that “day by day the pain has been different and that’s progress”. He will make his first appearance at the tournament in three years against Argentinian Francisco Cerundolo.
Djokovic, meanwhile, could move a Grand Slam title behind Nadal if he triumphs at SW19. In doing so, he would become the fourth man in the Open Era to win four consecutive Wimbledon titles after Roger Federer, Pete Sampras and Bjorn Borg.
If the draw progresses according to the seeds, Djokovic and Nadal will meet in the Wimbledon final for the second time.
Other contenders for the men’s title include Matteo Berrettini – last year’s runner-up who triumphed at the Queen’s Club this week – French Open runner-up Casper Ruud and fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.
An added incentive for players at Wimbledon this year is the increase in the prize money to £40,350,000 (around $49,400,000) – a 15.2% increase on last year. The winners of the men’s and women’s singles finals, which take place on July 9 and 10, will each take home £2 million (about $2,450,000).
Following the Covid-19 pandemic, it will also be the first time in three years that the tournament can be held at full capacity.
Another piece of history has already been written at Wimbledon after players were allowed to practice on the show courts ahead of the tournament for the first time.
How to watch
For viewers in the US, Wimbledon will air on ESPN and the Tennis Channel, while the BBC and Eurosport will show the action for UK viewers.