Wimbledon 2019: Here’s what you need to know

Everyone’s favourite tennis Grand Slam gets underway in Southwest London today and these are the main storylines to follow.

Seeding scandal

Rafael Nadal, seeded third despite being the world number two, criticised the seeding system as Roger Federer enters the tournament as the second seed despite being ranked third in the world. This means that Nadal will face the first seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals, giving Federer a clearer path to the final (provided both advance that far). “Deal with it,” was Federer’s response to Nadal’s complaints.

Women’s winner

Bookmakers make Ashleigh Barty and Karolina Pliskova joint favourites at 6/1 with seven-times singles champion Serena Williams at 8/1 and last year’s winner Angeline Kerber at 9/1. It’s a wide open draw, though, with British star Johanna Konta at 22/1 and former champions Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams at 80/1.

Saffa stars

Kevin Anderson is seeded fourth thanks to his run to the men’s final in 2018 but his 2019 has been hampered by an elbow injury and he has only just returned to competitive action. Lloyd Harris, meanwhile, is making his Wimbledon debut, though he has the unenviable task of facing Federer in round one.

British boost

Andy Murray returns to Wimbledon, albeit not in the singles draw, after hip surgery. Kyle Edmund will spearhead British men’s hopes in the singles draw, while Konta will be eager to go one better than her 2017 semi-final appearance in the women’s single’s competition.

Weather watch

London sizzled on the weekend, with the mercury touching 34 degrees celsius on Saturday ahead of the tournament. The forecast for the Wimbledon fortnight is for plenty of sunshine, some cloud, and only one day of rain.

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