Wimbledon 2012 sees the 126th staging of The Lawn Tennis Championships, which began in 1877 with Britain’s Spencer Gore defeating compatriot William Marshall 61 62 64 for the inaugural title. This is the 45th staging of The Championships in the Open Era, the first being in 1968 when Australia’s Rod Laver defeated countryman Tony Roche 63 64 62. Wimbledon 2012 is the 178th Grand Slam tournament of the Open Era.
POINTS AND PRIZE MONEY… The following is a breakdown of the individual prize money and ATP Ranking points for the men’s singles competition at 2012 Wimbledon. The total prize money for the men’s singles is £5,770,000, which is a 10.3% increase on last year.
(£), ATP Ranking Points
Champion, 1,150,000, 2000
Finalist, 575,000, 1200
Semifinalists, 287,500, 720
Quarterfinalists, 145,000, 360
Round of 16, 75,000, 180
Third Round, 38,875, 90
Second Round, 23,125, 45
First Round, 14,500, 10
DJOKOVIC LOOKS TO RETAIN HIS TITLE… Djokovic’s 27-match Grand Slam winning streak came to an end in the final against Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros earlier this month, but he still goes into this year’s Wimbledon holding 3 of the 4 Grand Slam titles. The last man to successfully defend his Wimbledon title was Roger Federer in 2007. This is currently the longest period without a successful title defence at any of the 4 majors.
…AND THE NO. 1 RANKING… Djokovic is guaranteed to hold onto the No. 1 ranking if he reaches the final, but both No. 2 Nadal and No. 3 Roger Federer can overtake the Serbian if he fails to do this. If Federer wins the title and Djokovic fails to advance beyond the semifinals then the Swiss will reclaim the top spot. If Nadal wins the title and Djokovic fails to advance beyond the quarterfinals then the Spaniard will once again be crowned No. 1.
CAN NADAL JOIN TOP 3?… By winning his 7th Roland Garros title earlier this month, Rafael Nadal became the newest member of an elite group of men to have won 11 or more Grand Slam singles titles. The Spaniard could move to equal 3rd on the all-time list of Grand Slam men’s singles titles if he wins a 3rd Wimbledon trophy.
…AND COMPLETE ANOTHER ROLAND GARROS-WIMBLEDON DOUBLE…
Nadal is looking to equal Bjorn Borg’s Open Era record of winning both Roland Garros and Wimbledon titles in the same year on 3 separate occasions. Nadal, who won both titles in 2008 and 2010, is one of just 4 men to have completed the Roland Garros-Wimbledon double in the Open Era, alongside Roger Federer (won both titles in 2009), Rod Laver (won both titles en route to the Grand Slam in 1969) and Borg (won both Roland Garros and Wimbledon from 1978-80).
FEDERER BIDS FOR 7TH WIMBLEDON TITLE… Federer, 2003-2007 and 2009 Wimbledon champion, is one of 3 men in history to win 6 or more Wimbledon titles in his career. He is now bidding to join record-holders William Renshaw and Pete Sampras in winning 7 career Wimbledon titles. He could become the 7th man to win 7 titles at any Grand Slam event: Richard Sears, Bill Larned and Bill Tilden all won 7 titles at the US Championships and Rafael Nadal won his 7th Roland Garros title earlier this month.
…AND 17TH GRAND SLAM TITLE… Federer, the all-time greatest Grand Slam champion in the history of men’s tennis, is bidding for his 17th major title here, but 5 women have won more Grand Slam singles titles than the Swiss. Last year was the first year that Federer failed to win a Grand Slam title since winning his first major at 2003 Wimbledon.
GRASS COURT WINNERS LOOKING TO MAINTAIN FORM… For 6 of the last 10 years, the Wimbledon champion came into the tournament having won one of the pre-Wimbledon grass court warm-up events – Lleyton Hewitt (2002 Queen’s), Roger Federer (2003-06 Halle) and Rafael Nadal (2008 Queen’s).
However in the Open Era, the pre-Wimbledon tournaments have only produced 13 Wimbledon champions between them – 9 from Queen’s and 4 from Halle. No winner of an event the week before Wimbledon has gone on to win the men’s singles title.
NO WARM-UP NECESSARY…. In the Open Era, just 7 different men have won the Wimbledon title without playing a warm-up event on grass, including last year’s winner Novak Djokovic. Bjorn Borg won all 5 of his Wimbledon titles straight off the clay court season.
RETAINING THE TITLE… Historically Wimbledon champions have had more success in retaining their titles than at the other 3 Grand Slam events. 7 players have successfully defended their Wimbledon crown on a total of 17 occasions (Federer became the 7th player in 2004). However, it has been 5 years since anyone retained the Wimbledon title (Federer doing so in 2007). This is currently the longest period without a successful title defence at any of the majors.
51st CONSECUTIVE MAJOR FOR FEDERER…. Federer has the longest active streak of Open Era Grand Slam singles appearances. The Swiss is competing in his 51st straight major here:
Player, Consecutive Grand Slam Events Played
1., Wayne Ferreira, 56
2., Stefan Edberg, 54
3., Roger Federer, 51*
*denotes a streak which is active through 2012 Wimbledon
HOW HAS THE TOP SEED FARED?… Of the 44 Wimbledon championships played since 1968, 18 top seeds have held form and gone on to win the title. Pete Sampras won 6 of his 7 Wimbledon titles as No. 1 seed, with Lleyton Hewitt successful in 2002 and Roger Federer in 2004-2007.
SEVEN GRAND SLAM CHAMPIONS IN MAIN DRAW…. All 7 of the active Grand Slam tournament champions are appearing in the 2012 Wimbledon main draw, including 4 former Wimbledon winners: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt and Rafael Nadal, who between them have held the title here for the last 10 years.
TWIN TERRITORY… Bob and Mike Bryan are looking to join John Newcombe and Tony Roche as the most successful Grand Slam doubles team of all-time. The Bryan brothers also hold the record for the most doubles titles in the Open Era (78), have made the most Grand Slam doubles final appearances (21) of all-time and are joint-1st with Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde for the most Open Era Grand Slam team doubles titles.
FIRST-TIMERS…. Wild card Oliver Golding and qualifiers Inigo Cervantes, Jerzy Janowicz and Adrian Menendez-Maceiras are making their Grand Slam debuts.
YOUNGEST AND OLDEST… At 34 years 6 months Ruben Ramirez-Hidalgo is the oldest man to start in the main draw here. Wild card Oliver Golding is the youngest man, aged 18 years 9 months.
THE 30s CLUB… There are 34 men aged 30 or over to start in the main draw at this year’s Wimbledon, which is an Open Era record for the most men aged 30 or over to start at Wimbledon. The previous record here was 33 men aged 30 or over in 1978.
The Open Era record at any Grand Slam event came at 2012 Roland Garros, when there were 37 men aged 30 or over in the main draw (NB a player’s age is taken at the end of the tournament so Mikhail Youzhny, who celebrates his 30th birthday during the tournament, is included in the 30s club here this year).
Federer, who turned 30 on 8 August last year, is looking to become the 11th different man aged 30 or over to win a Grand Slam title in the Open Era. The last man to win a Grand Slam title aged over 30 was Andre Agassi, who was 32 years 272 days old when he won the 2003 Australian Open. Just 2 men have won the Wimbledon title aged 30 or over – Rod Laver (30 years 330 days) in 1969 and Arthur Ashe (31 years 360 days) in 1975.
WILD CARDS… Wimbledon awarded 4 of the 8 possible wild cards into this year’s men’s singles to home players: Jamie Baker, Oliver Golding, Josh Goodall and James Ward. Alongside the Brits, Belgium’s David Goffin, Germany’s Tommy Haas, Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt and Slovenia’s Grega Zemlja received wild card entries into the men’s singles event.
SEEDED FOR THE FIRST TIME… Kei Nishikori (No. 19), Bernard Tomic (No. 20), Marcel Granollers (No. 24) and Kevin Anderson (No. 32) are all seeded at Wimbledon for the first time.
MISSING IN ACTION… Players who appeared on the original entry list but withdrew before the draw was made are as follows: Pablo Cuevas (knee surgery) – replaced by Vasek Pospisil; Gael Monfils (knee injury) – to be replaced by a luck loser; and Robin Soderling (mononucleosis) – replaced by Blaz Kavcic.
LEFTHANDERS… There are 17 lefthanders starting in this year’s men’s singles. The last lefthander to win the title here was Rafael Nadal in 2010.
COUNTRY COUNTDOWN… 38 countries are represented in the men’s singles draw at 2012 Wimbledon, with Spain having the most players competing here with 14. France has 13, USA 12 and Germany 10.
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