When is Wimbledon 2022? Key dates, draw and how to watch UK tennis grand slam event

The 135th staging of Wimbledon will starts today, with the greatest tennis players in the world heading to the All-England Lawn Tennis Club.

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The most prestigious tennis slam will play host to the likes of Novak Djokovic, Emma Raducanu and Rafael Nadal.

NationalWorld takes a look at the essential information needed ahead of the summer slam.

When is Wimbledon 2022?

The main draw will begin on Monday 27 June, with the Gentlemen’s final ending the tournament on Sunday 10 July. The Ladies final will take place on Saturday 9 June.

How to watch Wimbledon 2022

Full coverage of the tournament will be broadcasted live on the BBC and BBC iPlayer. The BBC have televised Wimbledon since 1937.

Radio coverage is also available on 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra.

Who can play in Wimbledon 2022?

This year Wimbledon organisers made the decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players.

In a statement they said: “In the circumstances of such unjustified and unprecedented military aggression, it would be unacceptable for the Russian regime to derive any benefits from the involvement of Russian or Belarusian players with The Championships.”

The ban has led to the ATP stripping Wimbledon of their ranking points.

This means 2021 US Open champion Daniil Medvedev and Aryna Sabalenka will be unable to participate in this years tournament.

There is 128 in each the male and female single championship, including 32 seeded players and eight wildcards.

Who are the favourites this year?

In the men’s competition, reigning champion Novak Djokovic and two-time winner Rafael Nadal will be the favourites to win this year.

Last year’s finalist Matteo Berrettini has also become a hot favourite to win the tournament after winning back-to-back titles at the Stuttgart Open and the Queen’s Club, while Spanish sensation Carlos Alcaraz will also look to upset the old guard.

Andy Murray was forced to pull out of the cinch Championships, but has recovered in time to participate at Wimbledon.

In the ladies side, former champion Simona Halep and on-form Iga Swiatek will aim to lift the Venus Rosewater dish.

British fans will hope Emma Raducanu will be the first British female to be victorious at Wimbledon since Virginia Wade in 1977, however she has been forced to pull out of a number of recent tournaments due to various injuries.

Tennis icon Serena Williams will also be taking part, making her return from injury by entering via wildcard.

What the contenders have said so far

In front of the media at the French Open, the six-time champion Djokovic said: I’m affected because I’m not able to defend 4,000 points [in Australia and Wimbledon]. But I’m happy to see that the ATP and the players decided to show Wimbledon that when you make a wrong decision, there are consequences.

Rafael Nadal who is also out in Paris for the clay court slam has said: “I understand both sides. I respect and I understand Wimbledon’s position, without a doubt, but in the other hand, I understand, and I respect too that the ATP is protecting their members."

Meanwhile, following her defeat at Roland Garros, Naomi Osaka confirmed she was withdrawing from Wimbledon after previously admitting it was unlikely she would compete at the Grand Slam following the decisionto strip the ranking points.

“The decision (on ranking points) is affecting my mentality going into grass,” she said last month. “I’m not 100 per cent sure if I’m going to go.

“I would love to go just to get some experience on the grass court, but at the same time, it’s like - I don’t want to say pointless, no pun intended - but I’m the type of player that gets motivated by seeing my ranking go up.

“I feel like if I play Wimbledon without points, it’s more like an exhibition. I know this isn’t true, but my brain just feels that way. When I think something is like an exhibition, I just can’t go at it 100 per cent.

“I didn’t make my decision yet, but I’m leaning more towards not playing given the circumstances, but that might change.”

She has now cited her reason for dropping out as a leg injury.