Why You’ll Want to Tune In to Wimbledon 2019
A host of living legends converge as Wimbledon begins at the fabled All England Club in London.
Will Novak Djokovic (above), the defending and four-time men’s champion, be victorious again? Or can two-time champ Rafael Nadal or Swiss master Roger Federer — an eight-time winner who, at 37, would become the oldest man to take a Grand Slam title — hoist the trophy once more?
History could also be made in the women’s draw. Seven-time champ Serena Williams still seeks her first Grand Slam title since becoming a mom in 2017 and could tie the all-time Slam count (Margaret Court’s 24 titles) in the process.
While records loom, ESPN commentator Brad Gilbert reminds us the slick grass courts can make early rounds quite tricky. “I always think of a Slam, especially at Wimbledon, as two tournaments,” he says. “You just get yourself through that first week, then put yourself in the position to make a run in the second.”
He suggests fans just sit back and enjoy these greats while they can: “You don’t know how much longer they will play, so any chance you have to see them [all] in one place is unbelievable.”
Wimbledon, Monday, July 1, 6am/5c, ESPN