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Dates, tickets, ranking points, all-white: Everything you always wanted to know about Wimbledon 2023 (but never had time to find out) – updated with lifting of ban on Russian and Belarusian players
Wimbledon is the oldest and most prestigious tournament in the tennis calendar. Here is everything you need to know about the 2023 edition of the tournament as things stand right now
What are the Wimbledon 2023 dates?
Wimbledon 2023 is due to take place from July 3 to July 16, 2023.
Where do the Championships take place?
Wimbledon takes place at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Church Road, south-west London. In 2022, the tournament celebrated its 100th anniversary at the venue.
The venue has 18 championship courts, including the show courts – Centre Court, No 1 Court and No 2 Court.
Will Russian and Belarusian players be allowed to compete at Wimbledon in 2023?
Yes. On March 31, the All England Club announced that Russian and Belarusian players will be allowed to play at Wimbledon and other tournaments in the United Kingdom in 2023.
However, Russian and Belarusian players, and their teams, will have to meet certain conditions before being allowed to play. They will have to sign a declaration of neutrality, not express support for Russia or the Russian government and ensure they are not receiving any funding from the Russian state.
In 2022, the Lawn Tennis Association barred players from Russia and Belarus form competing at any of the tournaments held in United Kingdom, which led to Wimbledon being stripped off its ranking points.
Will ranking points be awarded at Wimbledon in 2023?
In 2022, due to Russian and Belarusian players not being allowed to compete, there were no ranking points awarded at Wimbledon. Though there has not been any confirmation yet, the All England Club’s decision to lift the ban in 2023 is likely to see ranking points restored.
Will the all-white clothing rule be changed for Wimbledon in 2023?
For 2023, Wimbledon is relaxing its all-white policy to allow female players to wear coloured underwear after several former and current players spoke about the anxieties of playing during their menstrual cycles.
In a statement, Sally Bolton, the CEO of the All England Club said: “I’m pleased to confirm that, following consultation with players and representatives of several stakeholder groups, the Committee of Management has taken the decision to update the white clothing rule at Wimbledon.
“This means that from next year, women and girls competing at The Championships will have the option of wearing colored undershorts if they choose. “It is our hope that this rule adjustment will help players focus purely on their performance by relieving a potential source of anxiety.”
Will Wimbledon have a ‘Middle Sunday’ or ‘People’s Sunday’ in 2023?
In 2022, tournament organisers changed their schedule to ensure that there will be a full schedule on the Middle Sunday, for that year and into the future. Prior to 2022, the Middle Sunday was a rest day except for exceptional circumstances.
The organisers announced in October 2021 that they would be putting out a full order of play for the Middle Sunday to allow for a broader audience reach, greater accessibility, and a less frantic fourth-round schedule.
With Middle Sunday, the fourth-round singles schedule will be split over Sunday and Monday, putting an end to what was known as ‘Manic Monday”, all fourth-round matches in the men’s and women’s draws on the same day.
Who are the Wimbledon defending champions?
Novak Djokovic is the defending men’s singles champion. The Serb defeated Australia’s Nick Kyrgios 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) to win his seventh title at SW19 and his 21st Grand Slam title overall, putting him one behind the all-time record holder in men’s tennis – Rafael Nadal, who has 22 Slams.
Eleba Rybaina, of Kazakhstan, won the women’s singles title in 2022, beating Ons Jabeur, of Tunisia, 3-6 6-2 6-2 to win her first Grand Slam title.
Here are the other defending champions for Wimbledon in 2022:
- Men’s doubles: Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell
- Women’s doubles: Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova
- Mixed doubles: Neal Skupski and Desirae Krawczyk
- Wheelchair men’s singles: Shingo Kunieda
- Wheelchair women’s singles: Diede de Groot
- Wheelchair quad singles: Sam Schroder
- Wheelchair men’s doubles: Gustavo Fernández / Shingo Kunieda
- Wheelchair women’s doubles: Yui Kamiji / Dana Mathewson
- Wheelchair quad doubles: Sam Schroder / Niels Vink
- Boys’ singles: Mili Poljicak
- Girls’ singles: Liv Hovde
- Boys’ doubles: Sebastian Gorzny / Alex Michelsen
- Girls’ doubles: Rose Marie Nijkamp / Angella Okutoyi
How can I get tickets for Wimbledon 2023?
The famous Queue will be there for on-the-day sales in 2023. You can also apply for tickets through the public ballot.
Are there any changes being put in place at Wimbledon in 2023?
This year, the men’s doubles event will be played in a best-of-three sets format instead of the best-of-five sets format that was used until 2022.
The grass court Major was the only remaining Grand Slam to play five-set doubles matches, but will now be played in the same format as the Australian Open, French Open and US Open.
Who has won the most Wimbledon titles?
Martina Navratilova has won the most singles titles at SW19. She won Wimbledon singles title a record nine times, including six in a row between 1982 and 1987. Roger Federer has eight men’s singles titles, five of them in a row between 2003 and 2007. Bjorn Borg also won five in succession, between 1976 and 1980.
The last British men’s singles champion at the All England Club was Andy Murray, who won the title in 2013, beating Novak Djokovic and most recently in 2016, beating Milos Raonic. The last British women’s singles champion was Virginia Wade, who beat Betty Stove in the 1977 final.
How much prize money will be offered in 2023?
The prize money for Wimbledon in 2023 is yet to be announced. In 2022, the prize money for singles was as follows:
Who is the Tournament Director?
Jamie Baker, a former player from Scotland, is the tournament director at Wimbledon. Sally Bolton is the chief executive officer of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, the club that hosts the Championships.
Is Wimbledon on social media?
Yes, you can follow all the action from Wimbledon on Twitter (3.9 million followers), Instagram (4 million followers) and Facebook (5.5 million followers).
What are the greatest moments in Wimbledon history?
Being the oldest tournament in the tennis world, Wimbledon has been witness to some great moments throughout its 135-year history.
Some of the greatest moments at the All England Club have been captured by our team in our “On This Day” series, which looks back at some of the most important moments in tennis history. Here is a sampling of some of them from Wimbledon.