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It’s a glorious period of the sporting calendar where, for two weeks, Showmax Pro subscribers in Africa (excluding those in South Africa, Lesotho and Mauritius) can soak in all the great tradition and splendour that surrounds Wimbledon, courtesy of SuperSport.
With a bright new generation of talent in the women’s game taking centre stage and the men’s old guard looking to hold firm, here are the players to take special note of, who subscribers in Africa* can catch live on Showmax Pro.
Who would’ve thought when Djokovic lifted the men’s singles trophy a year ago that he would be in for such a rough 12 months after that?
This time last year, he looked well on course for the coveted Golden Slam. However, the wheels came off in the Olympics in Tokyo before he relinquished the US Open title to Daniil Medvedev.
His 2022 has consisted of a Covid vaccine controversy ruling him out of the Australian Open, a disappointing Roland Garros and a fall to third on the ATP rankings.
Despite the underwhelming buildup, Djokovic goes into this year’s Wimbledon and badly needs a seventh title to bring light into the turbulence of his tennis.
Nadal can’t win Wimbledon, can he? I mean, that’s so 2010.
After spending the last few years being very selective about his Wimbledon involvement, Nadal has found renewed desire to compete at SW19 and fought hard to recover from injury to take part this year.
There are a few factors in him being desperate to play this year. For one thing, after extending his lead on the all-time men’s list with 22 Grand Slam titles to Djokovic’s 20, he will look to do all he can to keep the Serbian at bay.
Also, having won the Australian Open and Roland Garros this year, this is the first time he’s gone into Wimbledon with a Calendar Slam still being a possibility.
You’d think it’s unlikely that he’s got another Wimbledon title in him, but writing him off has proved futile recently.
Men’s next generation
Sixteen of the last 18 men’s singles titles at Wimbledon have been won by either Djokovic, Nadal or Roger Federer.
While the end of their dominance looks in sight, who will be the one to break their hold of the grass court slam?
With world number one Medvedev not taking part and world number two Alexander Zverev out injured, it will need to be more of an underdog story if the status quo is going to change.
Could it be Felix Auger-Aliassime? He was impressive at the last Wimbledon and has shown incredible consistency for a 21-year-old.
Can Carlos Alcaraz match his clay court ability with a good showing on grass? Can Stefanos Tsitsipas break his Grand Slam duck after coming close often?
The next first-time winner will always be remembered for breaking the hold of the big three, and the battle for that coveted crown makes this Wimbledon as intriguing as ever.
After Ashleigh Barty’s surprise retirement, Swiatek leapt into the number one spot on the WTA rankings and has looked like that’s where she belongs.
After an impressive Roland Garros campaign where she won her second title, the Pole is fancied to join an elite group of women that have won both the clay court and the grass court Grand Slams in the same year.
After announcing herself so dramatically in this tournament as a 15-year-old when she beat Venus Williams in 2019, Gauff’s career has steadily progressed as she becomes one of the global superstars of women’s tennis.
Roland Garros saw her reach her first Grand Slam final. The first title looks palpably close and achieving it at SW19 will make her one of the tournament’s most popular champions.
Raducanu impressed and gained many admirers by winning the US Open and is still 19 as she goes into her home Grand Slam.
While her win at Flushing Meadows elevated her to a new level of stardom, it will be interesting to see how she copes with the fervent British support that’s often overwhelmed her compatriots.
Odds are that there isn’t another Grand Slam title for Serena, but it’s another wonderful opportunity to watch one of the greatest sporting heroes of the modern era.
She seems destined to retire stranded on 23 Grand Slam titles, poetically one short of Margaret Court’s record.
Even though she might not be a contender any more, any match with her will be a great event at Wimbledon and we all know she won’t lose to anyone without a fight.
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