This week Wimbledon got underway with the first round of the men and womens singles commencing on Monday and throughout the week the second single rounds and doubles first rounds also took place. Last years champion, Andy Murray has so far won all of his matches and is playing on top form. The annual championships is nearly half way through and the final takes place on the 6th July, next week. Murray will continue to play his best in order to retain his title, however he faces tough competition with other favourites playing at Wimbledon.
Some of the dark horses in this competition include Ernests Gulbis. The Latvian turned pro back in 2004 and has played in 6 Wimbledon championships. His best singles performance was last year in the mens singles third round. He currently ranks number 10 in the singles. Grigor Dimitrov is another favourite to do well. He is currently ranked 13 in the mens singles and has played at 4 previous Wimbledon championships. He has been playing tennis professionally since 2008. Finally, Milos Raonic of Canada is ranked 9 in the mens singles and is another player to watch. Since turning pro in 2008 he has took part in 3 Wimbledon championships.
Aside from the potential under dogs, there are four favourites to win the competition. Rafael Nadal is currently ranked number one in the singles and is a popular choice to win. Since turning pro back in 2001, Nadal has played in 9 Wimbledon tournaments. Nadal has previously won two Wimbledon tournaments back in 2008 and 2010. Last years winner Andy Murray is still in with a good chance of retaining his title for a second year. Murray ended Britain’s 77 years wait for a men’s single champion at Wimbledon in 2013, a year after he took home a gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics. Murray has been playing tennis professionally since 2005 and is currently ranked number 5 in the singles. Another favourite is Roger Federer, the Swiss pro has been playing since 1998 and has achieved virtually everything in his sport including 17 grand slam titles and an impressive 7 Wimbledon championships. Federer is currently ranked 4th in the singles. Novak Djokovic also has the potential to go ahead and win this years championships. Currently ranked number 2 behind Nadal in the singles. Djokovic has been playing pro since 2003 and won Wimbledon back in 2011.
Today the third round of ladies and gentlemen’s singles take place along with the first round of mixed doubles. Anticipation is high to see who will make it through to the later stages of the competition and which of the favourites or under dogs could be seen in the final.
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