Live coverage is on both BBC1 and BBC2, with highlights programme "Today at Wimbledon" on TV every evening and radio coverage on BBC Radio 5 Live and Sports Extra (switching depending on World Cup coverage).
Forget the 2018 World Cup — The Championships, Wimbledon are almost upon us as once again the British public prepares to go tennis crazy for precisely two weeks.
It promises to be another thrilling tournament, as both Roger Federer and Garbiñe Muguruza look to defend their crowns. However competition will be fierce, particularly from the likes of French Open champions Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep. But will the former be fit enough to challenge for the title?
Nadal isn’t the only leading man facing a race against the clock to prove his fitness. Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is yet to fully complete his comeback and could yet miss out. Step forward Kyle Edmund?
In fact, British hopes largely rest on the shoulders of Johanna Konta, who enjoyed a fine run to the semi-finals of last years tournament. Can she go two better this time around? Here’s everything you need to know about Wimbledon 2018.
Unlike most major sporting events, it is still possible to buy a ticket to The Championships on the day you want to attend. But to do that you will have to survive ‘The Queue’ — waiting patiently at Wimbledon Park for a ticket to Centre Court, Court 1 or Court 2. Queues begin at 6am.
You can also snap up a day pass which allows you to take in action for Court 3 to Court 18. Ticket prices start from £25, but be aware it’s cash only.
And where can I watch it?
As usual, all games will be shown live on the BBC. BBC One and Two will have the pick of the action, but if you’re a devoted Damir Džumhur super fan — fear not. You’ll be able to follow every match from around the courts on the red button.
Earlier this year, The All England Club announced that they award a total of £34m in prize money to competitors at The Championships.
The Gentlemen's and Ladies' Singles Champions will each receive £2.25m.
Meanwhile first-round losers this summer will earn £39,000 – an increase of 11.4 per cent – but confirmed that they will be implementing a new “50-50” rule which was first used at this year’s Australian Open.
In some ways, predicting a winner of the men’s singles at Wimbledon has been a rather easy task over the past 15 years. Since 2002, only four men have got their hands on the famous trophy. Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal have both picked up two titles apiece, while Novak Djokovic has emerged victorious on three occasions, but Roger Federer sits head and shoulders above the rest with eight wins. The 36-year-old Swiss is chasing a historic ninth title to draw him level with Martina Navratilova as the most successful singles champion at the All England Club
Federer became the outright most successful man in SW19 and didn’t drop a set en route to his second Grand Slam title of 2017. He defeated Marin Cilic in the final, with the Croat struggling with blisters in an anti-climactic finish. The tournament proved to be the end of the year for three of the game’s most successful active players. Djokovic was forced to retire from his quarter-final clash with Tomas Berdych due to an elbow problem, Murray hobbled out against Sam Querrey at the same stage with a hip issue, while a knee injury hampered Stan Wawrinka in a first-round exit to Daniil Medvedev – all three didn’t play again in 2017. Nadal was stunned in the fourth round by grass-court specialist Gilles Muller 15-13 in the decider, as his wait for a return to the last-eight for the first time since 2011 went on
There are five British men in the main draw, although all face a challenge to get beyond the third round. Murray – making his first appearance at a Slam since this event in 2017 – has only played three matches prior to the tournament and faces two tricky opening rounds against Benoit Paire and Shapovalov or Chardy before a potential third-round encounter with Del Potro. Kyle Edmund, who enters Wimbledon as British No. 1 for the first time in his career, has enjoyed an excellent year and reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open. However, he is due to face Djokovic in the round of 32. Liam Broady has been handed a tricky tie with 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic, although question marks over the Canadian’s fitness will provide some hope, while Jay Clarke faces unpredictable former top-10 player Ernests Gulbis. Cam Norrie will fancy his chances of winning a couple of matches, but John Isner is a potential third round opponent.
Taking on men's tennis' two greatest players has rarely been a profitable pursuit and is not something I am willing to get involved with at Wimbledon.
Ten years on from arguably the greatest duel in the sport’s history, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s dominance of the sport has perhaps never been greater.
The pair have shared the last six Grand Slams, three apiece, not dropping a set in any of those major final wins.
For all our gluttonous consumption over their immense careers, the appetite for another major final showdown between Federer and Nadal remains as great as ever, and I see no reason for it not being fulfilled at SW19 this summer.
Federer’s case for the title is obvious. He’s a 10-time finalist, eight-time winner and well rested, having opted for the same preparation as last year when he walked through the field without dropping a set.
Nadal is arguably the controversial aspect of this prediction. He’s not reached the final since 2011 and has not played a warm-up event, so why the faith?
Well, two big factors have impacted his recent chances at Wimbledon; his fitness and his style of play.
I am comfortable the former isn’t a problem as, at 32, he is managing his body better than ever to ensure performance levels peak for big events, leading the 2018 rankings list despite playing just six events.
That body management also transitions into an adjusted style of play, with a more aggressive approach seeing him shorten rallies and put less strain on his once ravaged knees.
That also includes refraining from running round his backhand to engage his legendary forehand more often, something which is a lot more difficult to do on slick grass courts, putting more faith in his vastly-improved backhand.