What you need to know about the 2014 Wimbledon Championships.
When: Play begins Monday. The women’s singles final is scheduled for July 5; the men’s singles final is July 6. There are no matches scheduled for the two-week tournament’s middle Sunday, June 29.
Where: The All England Lawn Tennis Club, grass courts.
Weather: Week 1 is expected to be dry; temperatures in 70s.
2013 men’s singles champion: Andy Murray of Britain.
2013 women’s singles champion: Marion Bartoli of France.
Last year: Murray ended the host country’s 77-year wait by becoming the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win, beating Novak Djokovic, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4. Hitting with two hands off both wings, seeded only 15th, and without a title from any tournament in more than 1 1/2 years, Bartoli beat Sabine Lisicki, 6-1, 6-4. It was Bartoli’s first Grand Slam tournament trophy — and her last. Less than six weeks later, she surprisingly announced her retirement at age 28.
Key statistic: 3 — Consecutive losses on grass courts for No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal, a two-time champion at Wimbledon.
Prize money: Total is 25 million pounds (about $42.5 million), an increase of more than 10 percent from a year ago, with 1.76 million pounds (nearly $3 million) each to the men’s and women’s singles champions. Online: http://www.wimbledon.orgCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun