WTA End of Season Review

As the dust is beginning to settle on another fantastic WTA season, we take a look back at some of the best bits in the world of women’s professional tennis singles from 2023.

From maiden Grand Slam victories to three set battles, it was another wonderful and highly entertaining year in the women’s professional tennis season.

Sabalenka Triumphs Down Under

Back in January, the opening Grand Slam of the year took place in Australia and was a fantastic fortnight to kick off the tennis majors in 2023. Ashleigh Barty’s retirement, coupled with Angelique Kerber and Naomi Osaka’s absence due to pregnancy, left the 2023 women’s tennis draw very open, with Victoria Azarenka and Sofia Kenin as the sole former champions. Their paths crossed in the first round, where Azarenka emerged victorious in straight sets.

After two weeks of very highly competitive tennis, the final took place between Aryna Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina. In what was a titanic battle, Sabalenka secured her first major singles title with a score of 4–6, 6–3, 6–4. Sabalenka’s impressive performance throughout the tournament included dropping just one set, which happened during her championship match against Rybakina.

Świątek Defends in France

Iga Świątek, the defending champion, secured her third French Open title and fourth major title overall by defeating Karolína Muchová in a thrilling final with a score of 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 at the 2023 French Open. Świątek’s remarkable achievement made her only the third woman in the Open Era, following in the footsteps of Monica Seles and Naomi Osaka, to win her first four major finals. Additionally, she became the youngest woman to achieve this feat since Serena Williams in 2002.

Świątek also etched her name in history as the first player to successfully defend the French Open title since Justine Henin in 2007 and the first woman to defend a major title since Serena Williams at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships. Throughout the tournament, Świątek displayed exceptional form, dropping just one set in her path to the title, which happened during the final against Muchová.

Vondroušová Creates History in SW19

Markéta Vondroušová achieved a historical victory at the 2023 Wimbledon Championships by defeating Ons Jabeur in the final with a score of 6-4, 6-4. This triumph marked her first major singles title and her first title overall in six years. Vondroušová’s remarkable journey to the Wimbledon title included several historic achievements.

Vondroušová became the first unseeded female player to win the Wimbledon title, a feat not seen since Billie Jean King reached the final in 1963. Furthermore, her world ranking of #42 made her the second lowest-ranked finalist since the establishment of the WTA rankings in 1975. Winning the Wimbledon title also propelled Vondroušová into the top ten of the WTA rankings for the first time in her career.

Gauff Causes US Frenzy

Coco Gauff’s impressive victory at the 2023 US Open marked a significant moment in her career. She defeated Aryna Sabalenka in the final with a score of 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, clinching her first major singles title. Gauff’s achievement made her the first American teenager to claim the US Open title since Serena Williams did so in 1999.

Gauff also joined a select group of teenagers who won the US Open in the past five years, following in the footsteps of Bianca Andreescu in 2019 and Emma Raducanu in 2021. Notably, Aryna Sabalenka’s performance to reach the semi-finals meant that she became the first woman since Serena Williams in 2016 to reach at least the semi-finals in all four major tournaments during a single season.

Świątek Ends the Year on Top

The WTA Finals is the season-ending championship of the WTA Tour and took place in Cancun, Mexico this year. The tournament holds a prominent position in the annual tennis calendar, following the four major tournaments. This event showcases the elite eight singles players and the top eight doubles teams, who qualify based on their season-long performance.

In what was a highly competitive week of fantastic tennis, the Polish Iga Świątek came out as the victor, regaining the world ranking of #1 at the same time. Świątek dispatched American Jessica Pegula 6-1 6-0 in just under an hour in what was a flawless performance. In winning the tournament and finishing the week undefeated, Świątek pocketed $3,780,000 as a monetary prize, in addition to 1,500 points towards her WTA ranking.

Is Novak Djokovic the best ever?

There is much debate amongst tennis fans about who is the best to ever play the game. There’s plenty of names in contention for the top spot including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Pete Sampras and, a blast from the past, Rod Laver. But probably one of the most prominent figures of tennis in the last ten years and certainly a man who has more than earned his right to be in this conversation, Serbian great Novak Djokovic.

So, who really is the best ever?

There is no doubt that all of these players have treated us to some spectacular tennis over the years, often battling it out against one another for the chance to win a Grand Slam. With only Nadal and Djokovic still playing, are they able to cement their position as greats in the sport, maybe even the greatest?

It’s only right to begin the conversation with Rod Laver, a man whose career started before many of the others were born. The Australian legend was ranked number one in the world for seven straight years between 1964 and 1970 as his career was one full of success. Nicknamed ‘Rocket’ he won a whopping 200 career titles with 11 Grand Slam Singles Titles and 9 Pro Slam Singles Titles, making him easily a contender for the greatest to have ever played tennis.

Next up, another man who retired over 20 years ago, Pete Sampras. The American picked up an incredible $43 million dollars in prize money throughout his career as well as a respectable 14 Grand Slam Singles Titles. Retiring in 2002, he is widely regarded as one of the tennis greats.

His career finished on a high after the US open when he defeated rival Andre Agassi. However, his place in the argument for one of the greats is disputed due to his preference for hard courts and grass. Should he have dominated across all surfaces to be eligible for the conversation?

A rival of Djokovic, Roger Federer’s reign in tennis was a magnificent one to say the least. In a career spanning over 24 years, the Swiss is one of the most well renowned to play the game with 103 career titles and 20 Grand Slam Singles Titles.

Even at the age of 40, he was still playing at the highest level and challenging for titles. His last appearance in a Grand Slam final was in 2019 when he was beaten by Djokovic at Wimbledon. A remarkable career that was played at such a high level for so long.

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Rafael Nadal is another man from Djokovic’s era and like Federer he has been around for quite some time. The Spaniard continues into the later stages of his career at the age of 37, however, with 22 Grand Slam Singles Titles it has been an impressive one. Known as the ‘King of the Clay’ in 2022 he won a record 14th French Open title.

During a time that may mark the beginning of a new era for tennis as Nadal, Djokovic and others bring their careers to a close, we can certainly be grateful that Rafael Nadal treated us to some of the best tennis the world has seen.

But can anyone surpass Novak Djokovic? As the Serbian reaches his late thirties, he is still winning Grand Slams for fun. In the final Grand Slam of the 2023 season at the US open, Djokovic secured a record-breaking 24th Grand Slam Singles Title. He also won 3 out of the four Grand Slams in 2023 at the age of 36, only losing out at Wimbledon to Spaniard and possible successor Carlos Alcaraz.

The most Grand Slams ever by a male tennis player and the possibility for even more, it’s very difficult to argue that Djokovic is anything other than the greatest tennis player ever.

So what do you think? Is Novak Djokovic the best to play the game or is there someone else who has proven himself over the Serbian? No matter what your opinion is, Djokovic’s legacy and impact on the sport will live on for years to come even after his career ends.

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Why Should I Buy Wimbledon Debentures? 

The Championships, Wimbledon is one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world and fans from all over the globe flock to witness some of the best grass court action around. Played over two weeks in the middle of the British summer, the tournament sees the All England Lawn Tennis Club become the absolute place to be. At the heart of this extraordinary event are Wimbledon debentures, offering the finest seats in the house.

In this article, we explore what debentures are, the attraction of them and why securing them early is a must. We also glance ahead to the upcoming Wimbledon, speculating on the contenders who may grace the iconic grass courts in the pursuit of tennis history. 

What are Debentures? 

Wimbledon debentures are a form of investment that provides exclusive access to the Wimbledon Championships. The money raised from the issues of debentures funds enhancements around the Grounds, for the benefit of all the Wimbledon guests. The debentures are issued every five years and provides guests with the best seats on Centre and Number One Court. 

Not only do Wimbledon debentures guarantee fantastic seats on Wimbledon’s top two show courts, but they also gain all-day admission and access to all the non-reserved outside courts. What’s more, you and your guests have the ability to go to exclusive lounges, car parks and facilities, including a range of bars and restaurants which vary from fine dining to self-service options, whenever you want. 

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The Best Seats in the House

One of the biggest advantages with becoming a debenture holder at Wimbledon is the fact that you receive premium seating, resulting in the tickets being very high in demand. Centre Court debentures are issued for each day of the Championships as Number One Court debentures are issued for the first eleven days of the Championships. 

On Centre Court, the seats are fantastic and are located between rows A-N and on Number One Court, the seats are as good as they are located between rows A-Q. This allows debenture holders to have prime viewing when watching the world’s best tennis players battle it out to claim one of the most historic trophies in tennis. 

Secure Debentures Early

With debenture tickets in extremely high demand and the experience at Wimbledon truly unique, you do not want to miss out. With debenture tickets going on sale in 2024 for the 2026-2030 issues, you want to make sure that you have the opportunity to attend The Championships, Wimbledon in the years to come! 

With ticket prices constantly varying, contact us now to secure your tickets at the best possible value. Since the debenture tickets are so sought-after, the prices do increase year-on-year, so it is imperative that you secure your tickets as early as possible to get the best deal. With how the tennis landscape is shaping up at the end of 2023 and how it is looking in 2024, The Wimbledon Championships will be another fantastic fortnight in the heart of the British summer. 

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Players to Watch at SW19 in 2024

If Wimbledon in 2023 was anything to go by, then The Championships in 2024 promises to be another fantastic fortnight. In the men’s game, the next crop of players are really starting to make their mark.

With Carlos Alcaraz coming from a set down to defeat Novak Djokovic in five sets in over 4 and a half hours in 2023, will he be able to regain his title? Or, with the potential return of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic looking as strong as ever and Andy Murray still fighting it out, will the legends of the game reign superior? 

If you think the men’s game is exciting, the women’s game is always full of upsets and surprises. There is no clearer example than the 2023 Wimbledon Ladies Champion, Markéta Vondroušová, who became the first unseeded female player to win the Wimbledon title in history.

Vondroušová defeated Ons Jabeur 6-4 6-4 in two very nervy sets, with the tension palpable over 1 hour and 20 minutes. But with Coco Gauff winning the US Open, and Iga Świątek dominating as World Number #1, there are so many great players who could lay their hands on the Venus Rosewater Dish. 

What’s on in 2024? 

With Wimbledon looking as exciting as ever next year, that isn’t all that is going on! We have a variety of tennis offerings in 2024 that you do not want to miss out on. Differing from the Australian Open in January to Boodles in June, there is something for all tennis fans to get their teeth stuck into next year: 

Novak Djokovic and Coco Gauff victorious at US Open 

A phenomenal two weeks of tennis at the US Open has brought an end to the fourth Grand Slam of 2023 – and Novak Djokovic came within one set of winning all four of them. 

The legendary player continued his blistering form to claim victory in New York, while Coco Gauff made home advantage count as she won her home tournament for the first time. 

Djokovic equals Grand Slam record 

Djokovic bounced back from his Wimbledon final defeat in style by claiming his fourth US Open title over the weekend. The Serbian beat Daniil Medvedev in straight sets at Flushing Meadows to win the prestigious tournament for the first time since 2018. 

The win was his 24th Grand Slam, taking him equal with previous record holder Margaret Court, whose last title came in 1973. One more title for Djokovic will make him the most successful player in the Open era and, in the eyes of many, the greatest player of all time. 

Djokovic was imperious at Flushing Meadows as he stormed to victory, only dropping two sets in the entire competition. Those both came in the third round against fellow countryman Laslo Djere, who forced Djokovic to work hard and win the final three sets to progress. 

The US Open is Djokovic’s third major title of the year, with only a defeat to Carlos Alcaraz at Wimbledon denying him his first Career Grand Slam. 

At 36, Djokovic is now the oldest male slam winner in the Open era. But fans and foes alike will still have plenty of chances to see him attempt to break the record as he insists he has no intention of retiring just yet. 

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Gauff makes home advantage count 

Gauff has been tipped to be the future of US tennis and she claimed the first Grand Slam title of her career at Flushing Meadows. The 19-year-old came from a set down on Saturday to beat Australian Open winner Aryna Sabalenka in the final. 

Gauff’s win on home soil meant she became the first American teenager to win the US Open since Serena Williams achieved the feat way back in 1999. 

Having crashed out in the quarter-finals a year ago, Gauff was relentless throughout the tournament in New York. She dropped just three sets on her route to the final.  

Gauff’s previous best result in a Grand Slam came last year when she reached the French Open final, losing to Iga Swiatek. And after claiming her first major title, it seems inevitable that we’ll now see her lifting silverware on a regular basis.  

 A memorable US Open 

Having enjoyed a remarkable win over Djokovic at Wimbledon, Alcaraz was unable to maintain his momentum in the US Open. A rematch in the final looked to be on the cards but he came unstuck against Medvedev in the semis. 

Alcaraz lost a first set tie break before admitting afterwards that he lost his head and wasn’t mature to handle the pressure. Luckily for him, he’s still only 20 so will undoubtedly learn from the experience. 

Elsewhere, ladies Wimbledon champion Markéta Vondroušová was also unable to repeat her fairytale win. The Czech was seeking an unlikely second Grand Slam title but she was beaten in the quarter-finals to American star Madison Keys. 

2012 winner Andy Murray made it to the second round where he was beaten in straight sets by Grigor Dimitrov. While it’s unclear where the 36-year-old’s future lies, he only has tennis on his mind for now having joined up with the Great Britain squad for the Davis Cup group stage in Manchester

And there was British success at the US Open for Joe Salisbury. The six-time Grand Slam champion won his third consecutive title at Flushing Meadows alongside Rajeev Ram in the men’s doubles. 

Join us at Wimbledon next year 

With the form Djokovic is currently in, there’s a very good chance that he’ll reach the Wimbledon final once again next summer – and it may well be for the last time. 

So, if you want to see him avenge his 2023 defeat in the flesh, as well as the ladies final, beat the queue and enjoy it from the best seats in the house with Engage’s exclusive hospitality packages. 

US Open: Can Djokovic avenge Wimbledon defeat?

Tennis fans across the world have only just recovered from an exhilarating two weeks at Wimbledon, but they’re already being served up another treat. The US Open gets underway in New York on Monday and we’re set for another fortnight of full-throttle action.

Novak Djokovic reminded us just how good he was at Wimbledon despite falling at the final hurdle and he’ll be seeking revenge on Carlos Alcaraz, the new kid on the block. Meanwhile, Marketa Vondrousova is targeting the unlikeliest of doubles following her shock Wimbledon win – but there’s a strong list of contenders standing in her way.

Ahead of the competition at Flushing Meadows, we’ve taken a look at the contenders that are set to battle it out for both the men’s and women’s titles.

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Djokovic and Alcaraz to resume rivalry

After seemingly passing the baton to Alcaraz at Wimbledon last month, Djokovic is desperate to show the world that he’s not quite finished yet. Despite the defeat in SW19, the Serbian played some of the best tennis of his career and he remains the favourite to claim his fourth US Open title.

Djokovic is targeting his 24th Grand Slam, and his third this year, and he’ll be looking to bounce back in style following Wimbledon. He showed that Alcaraz doesn’t quite have his number yet as he came from a set down to beat him in the Cincinnati Masters final last weekend.

But Alcaraz will be looking to continue the startling form that saw him claim his second major title in south London. The 20-year-old is looking to retain his crown in New York having defeated Casper Ruud a year ago. Following his win at Wimbledon, it’s clear that Alcaraz is the future star of tennis – but Djokovic’s recent form has shown that he’s not quite ready to step away from the top table.

Who else could challenge for the US Open?

World No. 3 Daniil Medvedev’s only Grand Slam title came at the US Open back in 2021. The Russian has enjoyed a strong season and he battled well as he ultimately lost in straight sets to Alcaraz in the semi-finals at Wimbledon.

Djokovic’s semi-final opponent Jannik Sinner is also a contender to keep an eye on. At 22, he’s another star with a bright future and he reached the quarter-finals this time last year. The Italian followed up his final four showing at Wimbledon by winning the Canadian Open earlier this month, defeating Andy Murray in the round of 16.

Despite withdrawing from the Cincinnati Masters, Murray looks set to compete at Flushing Meadows. The British legend won the competition back in 2012 and while he won’t expect to repeat history this time around, he’ll still secretly be dreaming of a fairytale few weeks in what will likely be one of his final US Open appearances.

Can Vondrousova defy the odds again?

The world of tennis was in shock last month as Vondrousova became the first unseeded player to ever win the Wimbledon’s women’s singles title. The Czech comfortably dispatched Ons Jabeur in straight sets to claim her first Grand Slam title.

Vondrousova, who is ranked ninth in the world, will be looking to spring another surprise and make it two out of two at the US Open, where she’s never made it past the fourth round.

Standing in her way will likely be World No. 1 Iga Swiatek, who is targeting back-to-back US Open titles. The four-time Grand Slam winner put a disappointing Wimbledon quarter-final exit behind her by racing to victory in the Poland Open, winning every set in the process.

This year’s Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka will also fancy her chances and she’ll be keen to avenge a semi-final defeat to Swiatek this time last summer. Elsewhere, Elena Rybakina will be looking to add the US Open to last year’s Wimbledon title, although she’ll need to improve in New York, having never got as far as the fourth round.

US stars Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula will be well supported on home soil. Meanwhile, shock 2021 winner Emma Raducanu will be absent as she recovers from wrist surgery.

Official hospitality packages on sale now for The Championships, Wimbledon 2024 

We’re delighted to announce that we are offering official hospitality packages for the most prestigious and historic tennis tournament in the world, The Championships, Wimbledon in 2024. 

Watched by millions across the globe, Wimbledon is the highlight of the summer grass season in the UK. Every tennis player aspires to make it onto the famous Centre Court at SW19 and you can be there next year with several luxurious hospitality packages to choose from with Engage.

The action that unfolded at Wimbledon in 2023 will live long in memory. Those lucky enough to be at The Championships for the Men’s Wimbledon Final saw the dawn of a new era on the men’s tour when Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz ended Novak Djokovic’s 10-year winning streak on the famous Centre Court.  

Despite falling behind twice in the match, the 20-year-old was able to conjure up the fight and spirit to come back and win his first Wimbledon title in a five-set match that will go down alongside some of the greatest finals ever played at Wimbledon.  

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In the women’s draw there were several unexpected twists and turns on the way to final, all playing into the hands of Markéta Vondroušová who became just the third woman from the Czech Republic to lift the famous Venus Rosewater Dish. There were also heart-warming moments for USA’s Christopher Eubanks during his unbelievable run to the Quarter Finals and Andy Murray who won an all-British match-up with Ryan Peniston on Centre Court during the first week of the tournament.  

As we begin to turn our attention to the next incredible two weeks of The Championships at the beginning of July 2024, the tournament may be one of the hardest to predict in a long time. Novak Djokovic and Ons Jabeur will both be out for revenge after falling agonisingly short in their finals. Meanwhile both sides of the draw possess a plethora of amazing young talents, including Jannik Sinner and Coco Gauff, who will all be wanting follow Alcaraz’s lead and create their own piece of history at the biggest tournament on the tour.

Whether it’s a corporate day out or a special treat for friends or family, we can offer a fantastic range of hospitality packages for you in 2024. The Lawn offers you and your guests private tables to soak up the sunshine in a relaxed, spacious facility, while the award-winning Rosewater Pavilion packages are conveniently located with beautiful landscapes and relaxed lounges. 

Alternatively, packages at The Treehouse, perched above The Lawn, are designed to give you the freedom to enjoy the day with short strolls to the headline courts, a roaming menu and live DJs to heighten the atmosphere, or you can treat your guests to luxurious private areas within Centre Court at the Skyview Suites. 

Every package we have ensures a world-class experience that will make your day at The Championship, Wimbledon an unforgettable one in 2024. 

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Carlos Alcaraz ends Novak Djokovic’s centre court dominance

Another thrilling two weeks at Wimbledon has come to an end and tennis has some new heroes to admire.

Carlos Alcaraz announced himself to English fans as he strolled to his first Wimbledon title, beating Novak Djokovic in an action-packed men’s final. Meanwhile, Marketa Vondrousova was the unlikeliest winner in the women’s final, defeating Ons Jabeur on Saturday.

Andy Murray continued his comeback from the injury but he couldn’t mastermind a fairytale title run as he crashed out to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round.

But there was some homegrown success as Henry Searle became the first Brit to win the boys’ singles since 1962. Neal Skupski claimed another win for the UK as he went all the way in the men’s doubles alongside Wesley Koolhof, while Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid claimed the wheelchair doubles title.

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New kid on the block

As Djokovic strolled to a comfortable 6-1 win in the first set, it seemed as though the occasion was too much for Alcaraz in his first Wimbledon final. But once the 20-year-old got in the groove, there was no stopping him.

Having won at Queen’s last month, Alcaraz continued his glittering form on grass and claimed his second Grand Slam title in one of the greatest Wimbledon finals in history.

A tie-break win in the second set followed by a 6-1 trouncing put him in the driving seat, before a Djokovic comeback set up a thrilling final set. And a supportive crowd fired Alcaraz to victory as he made his mark on Wimbledon, setting the tone for what could be years of dominance in the sport.

The world number one dropped just two sets prior to the final and he brushed Daniil Medvedev aside in straight sets in the semis. It was just the fourth grass tournament of Alcaraz’s career and if his showing in the final was anything to go by, there will be plenty more Wimbledon titles to come.

Djokovic has still got it

Despite being 36 years old and in the twilight of his career, Djokovic arguably played the best tennis of his career over the past fortnight. Prior to his five-set showdown with Alcaraz, the Serbian dropped just two sets on his way to the final.

Sunday’s final was the first time Djokovic had tasted defeat on Wimbledon’s centre court since his 2013 loss against Murray. It puts an end to his bid to win all four Grand Slams this year, having already claimed the Australian and French Opens.

Djokovic’s loss to Alcaraz did feel like a symbolic handing over of the torch. However, with 23 Grand Slams under his belt and likely one or two more to come, he isn’t done yet and has made it clear he has no intentions of retiring any time soon.

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Vondrousova makes history

It wasn’t just Alcaraz making headlines at Wimbledon this weekend. Vondrousova stunned the tennis world as she became the first unseeded player ever to win the women’s singles title.

The Czech was taking part in her second Grand Slam final and she comfortably beat last year’s runner-up Jabeur in straight sets to put an injury-hit year behind her.

Vondrousova had never previously reached the fourth round at Wimbledon but she swept all before her at SW19, including triumph over fourth-ranked Jessica Pegula in the quarter-finals.

Jabeur was bidding to go one better after losing in last year’s final to Elena Rybakina, who she dispatched in this year’s quarter-final. But the nerves seemed to get the better of the Tunisian, who has now lost all three of her major finals.

World No.1 Iga Świątek disappointingly bowed out in the quarter-finals to Elina Svitolina. Meanwhile, British hopes Katie Boulter and Jodie Anna Burrage lost in the early rounds.

End of an era

While Djokovic is showing no signs of slowing down, Alcaraz’s brilliance signalled that a changing of the guard is underway in world tennis. This year’s Wimbledon Championships was the first since 1997 that did not feature either Roger Federer or Serena Williams.

Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal’s plan to retire next year coupled with Murray’s injury setbacks leaves Djokovic as the only remaining member of the ‘big four’ still at the top of their game.

A few years ago, tennis fans would have been forgiven for harbouring concerns that the sport wouldn’t quite be as good without the likes of Federer and Djokovic battling it out for titles.

However, over the past few weeks, Alcaraz has shown that the future is bright and tennis is in good hands for the next generation.

Wimbledon 2023 – how will the Brits fare?

British players have already been making tennis headlines in 2023, thanks, in large part, to the heroics of Sir Andy Murray at the Australian Open.

The two-time Wimbledon champion spent a total of 14 hours on court before he crashed out in the 3rd round against Roberto Bautista Agut in 4 sets.

Murray, who underwent hip resurfacing surgery in 2019, contested back-to-back 5-set matches against 13th seed Matteo Berrettini and Thanasi Kokkinakis on his way to the 3rd round, no mean feat for a 35-year-old with a metal hip.

Other players might have walked away from the game given the adversity Murray has faced. In a career that has seen him reach world number one, win three Grand Slam titles and two Olympic Gold Medals, a third-round exit seems like an odd thing to celebrate.

However, watching Murray rage against the dying of the light is what makes tennis such a captivating sport in the first place. The fact that Murray is still competing at all is a triumph of the will, but defeating top 20 players at the peak of their powers is borderline miraculous.

The Scotsman will be one of several Brits bidding to reach the latter stages of Wimbledon in July.

In 2013, Murray ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a men’s singles champion, defeating Novak Djokovic in straight sets in a career-defining moment on Centre Court. Under coach Ivan Lendl, Murray will be hoping to make history again, and with Federer retired and Rafael Nadal plagued by injury concerns of his own, the draw may well open up for Murray.

After his good run at the Australian Open, Murray will be inside the top 50, although he isn’t the number one ranked Brit at the time of writing, that spot goes to Cameron Norrie.

According to ATTP rankings, Norrie is 12th in the world following an impressive 2022 which saw him reach the semi-finals of Wimbledon. The South-African-born left-hander lost to Novak Djokovic in four sets and will be hoping to go one better this year.

The last of the British male contenders comes in the form of Dan Evans, a veteran of the tour at the age of 32. He is currently 30th in the world which is just short of his career-best of 22 in 2021.

Evans, Like Norrie and Murray, was defeated in the 3rd round of the Australian Open and will be hoping to reach the second week of Wimbledon for the first time in his career.

2023 Wimbledon Venue Hospitality Centre Court

The last Brit to win a Grand Slam singles title was teenage sensation Emma Raducanu in 2021. Not since Virginia Wade in 1977 had Britain produced a female Grand Slam winner.

Raducanu first announced herself on the world stage at Wimbledon in 2021 as a wildcard, reaching the 4th round. She followed this up with an unlikely US Open victory, becoming the first singles qualifier to win the title in the Open Era.

Since then, critics might argue that the weight of expectation has burdened Raducanu, 20, who failed to make it past the 2nd round in a Grand Slam in 2022. However, she remains the number one ranked Brit and that is unlikely to change prior to Wimbledon.

With an injury-free 2023, there is no reason why Raducanu can’t upset the odds again, especially with the backing of the Wimbledon crowd.

Another young Brit who has enjoyed recent success at SW19 is 26-year-old Katie Boulter. In 2022, she reached the 3rd round of Wimbledon for the first time in her career, defeating 7th seed Karolina Plíšková in three sets on Centre Court. Boulter, who didn’t qualify for this year’s Australian Open, will be hoping for a Wildcard at Wimbledon, following her heroics the year before.

Wimbledon seating area

The Championships, Wimbledon

One of the most memorable Wimbledon performances from a Brit in recent years came from Heather Watson in 2015, when she was just two points away from defeating world number one Serena Williams in the 3rd round, before eventually losing in three sets. After the match, Williams, who has 23 Grand Slam titles to her name said Watson, “should have won the match.”

Watson, who is currently ranked outside of the top 100 usually saves her best for Wimbledon, and don’t be surprised to see her claim a few scalps in the early rounds this year should a wildcard invitation come her way.

With a host of British talent on display, the atmosphere at Wimbledon 2023 will be one to savour. There is star power everywhere you look during those glorious two weeks at SW19. Inside the grounds, the All England Club is awash with celebrities and TV crews as crowds pass from one court to another like window shoppers, deciding which tennis encounter to watch next. Which famous moment of Wimbledon history will you be a part of?