In preparation for the biggest tennis tournament in the UK, we’ve been gearing ourselves up for the summer season of sport by checking in on our local event, the Nature Valley Classic, in which this year we were lucky enough to welcome none other than five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams!
Taking on some of the biggest players in the world, with this year’s tournament even being dubbed as one of the strongest line-ups in the history of the sporting event, the Nature Valley Classic has given us a fantastic taster of what to come for this year’s Wimbledon.
Wimbledon will be hitting our screens on July 1st, with the tournament lasting its usual duration of two weeks, with the Men’s Finals coming to a close on Sunday 14th July, with Novak Djokovic already being the favourite to take prestigious title for 2019.
This year’s tournament will be the 133rd event in the championship series and is expected to be held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London. Alongside the usual Men’s and Women’s singles and doubles, 2019 will also be host to the men’s and women’s wheelchair tennis players, with singles and doubles events for wheelchair quad tennis being a first for the tournament in its history.
We always love to hear when a huge event like Wimbledon helps raise awareness of good causes, and this year they have teamed up with WaterAid to raise awareness of the lack of people in the world that live without sanitary facilities and access to clean water. As an eye-catching way of highlighting this important issue, Wimbledon partnered with Slazenger who kindly gifted them thousands of their tennis balls to create an incredible tennis ball fountain in Greenwich Park. An incredible 2,631 tennis balls were used to create the spectacular sculpture, and this number actually represents the number of lives that could be saved daily if everyone had access to clean water and toilet facilities.
In terms of players, we’ll be expecting to see the tennis front runners; Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer making their usual mark on the tournament, but it’s great to see that we’ll be welcoming some new British faces to the mix, with Heather Watson, Harriet Dart and Katie Swan being drafted into the Ladies Singles event via a wildcard system.
If you’re a big fan of the sport, you’ll also be aware that Wimbledon isn’t the only tennis event popping up across the country, with a plethora of tournaments to look forward to across the summer. The main one to watch out for is the Fever-Tree Championships at the Queen’s Club in London, being voted the World Tour Tournament of the Year for the fifth time by ATP. Similar to Wimbledon, the Fever-Tree Championships host some of the biggest male stars in the tennis world, with Andy Murray, John McEnroe and Rafael Nadal all being in attendance over the years.
If you’ve not been lucky enough to get tickets to either event, tv coverage from the BBC will be showing the games and highlights across the duration of the tournaments via live stream, so be sure to look at for those!
We’d love to know if you’ll be watching the matches when they start at the beginning of July? Are you a big Wimbledon fan and will be celebrating with a viewing party, some Pimm’s and strawberries and cream as part of the festivities, or were you one of the lucky ones to get tickets to the must-have tennis event of the year?! However you’re choosing to celebrate, be sure to get comfortable for a long day watching the tennis by wearing a pair of sports or everyday leggings, that can keep you covered and confident from start to match point! Be sure to check out all of our leggings options on our website, so you can find a style to suit you, with a range of colours, sizes and styles on offer – game, set, match!