With the BBC celebrating its 90th year broadcasting Wimbledon, it would surely be within the rules of British etiquette to tune in. You don’t need to be attending, or even watching on Murray Mound, to brush up your knowledge of this year’s must-see British players. With a few players already knocked out in the first round, there’s still a lot of promising British talent to watch out for. So, grab a drink, place the TV so it’s facing outside, and bask in the sunshine whilst spectating the tournament from the comfort of your garden.
This year’s defending champion, Andy Murray, is currently ranked world number 1 in men’s singles. He’s fast, he’s consistent and he’s fully in it to win it this year too, but will have to battle through a hip injury to succeed. Consequently, he is facing possibly his toughest challenge yet, the outcome of which will be incredibly interesting.
She’s already glided through to the second round despite her recent spinal injury, but her inconsistency has been noted as one of her biggest obstacles. Her serve, on the other hand, is strong enough to carry her through the game. She’s ranked world number 7 and British number one in women’s singles, so there’s a lot of pressure for her to do well.
Watson made headlines two years ago when she gave the former world number 1 Serena Williams a scare, almost defeating her three rounds in. She’s since had a tough 12 months where her previous ranking of 55 in the world has dropped to 102. However, Watson is ranked women’s British number 2 and looks eager to make a comeback.
The men’s British number 2 didn’t make it past the first round last year, but is expecting to redeem himself this time. With a powerful serve and aggressive forehand, we’re hoping the 22 year old can give us a few exciting matches to watch.
Bedene broke Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic’s serve in the first round which won him the match, and he was overwhelmed by the support he received from the crowd. He stayed alert through the 399-point match, and will hopefully sustain this energy through the tournament.
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