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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Sunday June 26, 2022


On the eve of Wimbledon, we crack open the media guide to bring you a preview of what’s at stake this summer in London, by the numbers…

Tennis Express

21 - Novak Djokovic rides into SW19 on a 21-match winning streak at the Championships. The Serb has not lost at Wimbledon since the quarterfinals in 2017, when he retired in the second set against Tomas Berdych. If Djokovic wins his seventh Wimbledon title without a walkover, he would own more wins at Wimbledon than at any other Slam.

If Djokovic wins his first-round match against Soonwoo Kwon on Monday, the Serb will become the first player – male or female – to record at least 80 match wins at all four Grand Slams.

And if he takes the title he will become just the fourth men's singles player to win four consecutive titles at Wimbledon, joining Roger Federer, Pete Sampras and Bjorn Borg.

Djokovic's career at the Grand Slams:

Australian Open, 82-8, nine titles
Roland-Garros, 85-16, two titles
Wimbledon, 79-10, six titles
US Open, 81-13, three titles

98-13 - Serena Williams will bid for her 100th Wimbledon win during week one, and if things break her way, the American will be shooting for her 8th Wimbledon and 24th major singles title in the second week at SW19.

Most consider it a longshot, given that Williams is 40 years old and has not won a match on tour since the third round at Roland-Garros in May of 2021.

2 - For the first time since ATP rankings were introduced in 1973, neither of the world’s Top 2 players are competing in the men’s singles at Wimbledon. No.1 Daniil Medvedev has been banned due to Wimbledon policy on Russian and Belarusian players, No.2 Alexander Zverev is out recovering from ankle surgery.

135 - 2022 marks the 135th edition of the Championships. The first Wimbledon was staged in 1877.

100 - 2022 marks the 100th year that the tournament’s fabled Centre Court has been in existence.

From Wimbledon.com: “2022 is a very special year for Wimbledon, marking 100 years since our move to Church Road, and the centenary of Centre Court, an unparalleled cathedral of sport.”

5 - Number of Top-20 players that will miss Wimbledon because of the tournament's ban of Russian and Belarusian players - Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev, Aryna Sabalenka, Daria Kasatkina and Victoria Azarenka.

3 - Number of players in the men’s and women’s singles draws with at least 100 wins on grass at Wimbledon:

Andy Murray - 114-24
Novak Djokovic - 102-18
Serena Williams 107-15

8 - Number of Wimbledon singles champions in the draw, five on the women's side and three men.

Wimbledon women's singles champions in the draw: Serena Williams (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016), Petra Kvitova (2011, 2014), Garbiñe Muguruza (2017), Angelique Kerber (2018), Simona Halep (2019).

Wimbledon men's singles champions in the draw: Novak Djokovic (2011, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019, 2021), Rafael Nadal (2008, 2010), Andy Murray (2013, 2016).

9 - Number of teenagers playing the Wimbledon singles draws in 2022. There are seven women and two men.

Women: Coco Gauff (18), Nastasja Schunk (18), Clara Tauson (19), Emma Raducanu (19), Zheng Qinwen (19), Diane Parry (19), Marta Kostyuk (19, turns 20 on June 28).

Men: Carlos Alcaraz (19), Holger Rune (19).

The youngest player to ever win a singles title at Wimbledon is Martina Hingis, who captured the title in 1997 at 16 years and 280 days old.

The youngest man to ever win Wimbledon was Boris Becker, who won the title in 1985 at the age of 17.

62 - By playing the main draw at Wimbledon, France’s Alizé Cornet will tie the record for consecutive women’s singles main draws played at the Grand Slams. Cornet and Ai Sugiyama are even at 62 successive main draws played apiece.

Feliciano Lopez is the all-time leader for consecutive Grand Slams played with 79.

35 - Length of the current winning streak carried by Iga Swiatek. The Pole has won her last six events, at Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart, Rome and Roland-Garros.

Swiatek is the youngest top seed at Wimbledon since Caroline Wozniacki in 2011.

2 - Number of 40-year-olds in this year’s singles draws at Wimbledon. Feliciano Lopez, at 40 years and 293 days, is the oldest player to compete in the men’s singles draw at Wimbledon since 1975 (Neale Fraser).

Serena Williams is eight days younger than Lopez.

17 - Number of players making their Grand Slam main draw debut.

Men: Zizou Bergs, Alastair Gray, Hugo Grenier, Marc-Andrea Huesler, Lukas Klein, Nicola Kuhn, Ryan Peniston, Alexander Ritschard, Tim van Rijthoven and Andrea Vavassori.

Women: Maja Chwalinska, Catherine Harrison, Mai Hontama, Ylena In-Albon, Sona Kartal, Yuriko Miyazaki, Laura Pigossi.

22 - Rafael Nadal is bidding to keep his hopes of winning the calendar-year Grand Slam alive at Wimbledon, where he is a two-time champion. The Spaniard won the title at SW19 in 2008 and 2010, and has reached the semifinals in each of his last two appearances, in 2018 and 2019.

Nadal is 53-12 lifetime at Wimbledon

62 - Number of players making their Wimbledon singles debut this week - 29 men and 33 women.


 

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