Wimbledon 2019: Draw details, TV information, odds, seedings, order of play, how to buy tickets

A view of Wimbledon's Centre Court
A view of Wimbledon's Centre Court

All you need to know about Wimbledon 2019 at the All England Tennis Club, including draw details, TV information and the latest odds.

When does it take place?

Wimbledon fortnight begins on Monday July 1, with the men's final helping to bring the tournament to a close on Sunday July 14. The women's final takes place on Saturday July 13.

Do they play every day?

The only day on which there is no scheduled play is 'Middle Sunday', July 7. It is tradition that Wimbledon takes a break on this day before resuming for the second week.

Since 1991, there has been a change in policy which means play can take place in the event of extreme weather having delayed proceedings, but with the roof on Centre Court this has become less likely.

Play has taken place on Middle Sunday - dubbed 'People's Sunday' by some - on four occasions: 1991, 1997, 2004 and 2016. Tickets for Middle Sunday in 2016 sold out in less than half an hour.

Where can I watch it?

Wimbledon has long been a staple of BBC's sports coverage and that remains the case despite cutbacks in other sports. Coverage will be available on TV, via the red button and online, with more on 5 Live.

When does the draw take place?

The draw takes place on Friday, June 28 at 10am, with seeds having been announced two days earlier.

Can I buy tickets?

The annual ballot for tickets has closed, but it is still possible to queue and purchase tickets on the day.

Tickets are sold on the basis of one per person queuing and there is limited availability for the show courts, with the exception of the final four days of the Championship.

It is common for members of the public to camp overnight in order to secure a prominent position in the queue. Those who do are awoken at 6am by stewards and asked to pack away equipment before wristbands are issued for those who will receive tickets to show courts.

For more information, including Wimbledon's queuing code of conduct, click here.

Who won last year's singles titles?

Novak Djokovic won the men's Wimbledon title, before capturing the US Open and then beginning 2019 with further glory in the Australian Open.

The women's title was won by Angelique Kerber, who added SW19 glory to earlier triumphs in the Australian Open and US Open in 2016.

Who are this year's favourites?

Following his run to the semi-finals of the French Open, where he was beaten in five sets by Dominic Thiem, Djokovic is clear favourite to defend his title.

His chief threat is considered to be Roger Federer, with Rafael Nadal - who won his 12th title at Roland Garros - third in the betting.

As is usually the case, the ladies' draw is considered to be much more open. Serena Williams is a narrow favourite from Petra Kvitova, with Ashleigh Barty next following her French Open win.

Naomi Osaka is prominent and ahead of Kerber, who makes up the second wave along with the likes of Karolina Pliskova, Garbine Muguruza and British hope Johanna Konta.

Djokovic and Kerber
Djokovic and Kerber dance together at the 2018 Champion's Dinner

Will Andy Murray play?

Murray is scheduled to return to action at Queen's Club when he takes part in the doubles with Feliciano Lopez.

After that, he hopes to play the men's doubles at Wimbledon, though not with Lopez.

"I've spoken to a few players about that. But again, it's just difficult for me to commit to play," Murray told the BBC.

"I've just spoken to a few players who are a bit more relaxed about whether I can play or not, so not necessarily like doubles specialists but guys that if I was able to, would be up for playing, but likewise if I'm not they're fine as well."

After Wimbledon, Murray hopes to begin preparations for a return to singles action - though he does not expect to be ready in time for the US Open.

Andy Murray
Andy Murray

Who are the other leading British hopes?

Konta very much leads the way among the British women aiming to make a mark at Wimbledon, having played so well on her way to the semi-finals at Roland Garros.

Other potential contenders are Katie Boulter, Heather Watson and Harriet Dart.

In the absence of Murray, Kyle Edmund remains the leading British men's player ahead of Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans, the latter having done well since returning from suspension.

Edmund made the third round last year, as did Evans in 2016, but Norrie is yet to win a match in the main draw.

Betting preview and tips

Our selections for both men's and women's draws will appear here and at sportinglife.com/tennis in the days leading up to the tournament.

During the French Open we selected the men's winner, with both women's finalists tipped to win their respective quarters at odds of 6/1 and 9/1.

Order of play

The order of play for the first day will appear here on Sunday, June 30.

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