It’s hard to believe there are records Roger Federer has not broken yet but there is one player who has won more singles titles than the Swiss at Wimbledon – Martina Navratilova.
Rafael Nadal will be looking to add a third Wimbledon title to his trophy cabinet and triumph at the All England Club for the first time since 2010.
Marin Cilic is seeded No. 3 and will be looking to become the first Croatian man to win here since 2001, while fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro is bidding for a second Grand Slam and first since 2009.
Grigor Dimitrov is searching for a maiden major trophy but has a tough opener against three-time Slam champion Stan Wawrinka.
Andy Murray has pulled out of the tournament and home hopes will fall on British No. 1 Kyle Edmund.
Here are 10 stats to know about the men’s draw at Wimbledon ahead of the action that kicks off on Monday.
1 – Rafael Nadal will retain the No. 1 ranking after Wimbledon if he reaches the fourth round this fortnight. Federer will replace him as No. 1 if he defends the title and Nadal loses before the fourth round.
2 – Croatians have won the titles at the two largest grass-court warm-up events so far this year – Marin Cilic at Queens and Borna Coric in Halle. The last Crotian man to win Wimbledon was Goran Ivanisevic in 2011.
4 – Novak Djokovic is bidding for a fourth Wimbledon crown which would move him into joint-sixth place on the all-time list of most Wimbledon titles won.
6 – Federer and Nadal have combined to win the last six consecutive Slams.
8 – men have successfully defended their Wimbledon title on a total of 18 occasions.
9 – Roger Federer is bidding to become the second player (after Martina Navratilova) – man or woman – in history to win nine singles titles at Wimbledon.
18 – Nadal is looking to claim an 18th Grand Slam and close in on Federer, who leads the all-time list with 20.
18 – Federer owns 18 grass-court titles, the most won in the Open Era.
21 – Federer is looking to clinch a 21st Grand Slam singles title and extend his all-time men’s record.
66 – Feliciano Lopez is appearing at his 66th consecutive Grand Slam and sets the record for the longest streak of Open Era Grand Slam singles appearances ahead of Federer, who played 65 straight majors between the 2000 Australian Open and the 2016 Australian Open).
Wimbledon begins on Monday with defending champion Roger Federer opening play on Centre Court against Dusan Lajovic, while seven-time winner Serena Williams commences her campaign against Dutchwoman Arantxa Rus on Court No. 2.
Women’s title holder Garbine Muguruza opens play on Centre Court on Tuesday against local wildcard Naomi Broady.
Here are 10 standout stats to look at from the Wimbledon women’s singles draw.
6 – teenagers are in this year’s women’s draw, Claire Liu (18), Marketa Vondrousova (19), Katie Swan (19), Sofia Kenin (19), Vera Lapko (19) and Anna Blinkova (19).
7 – Wimbledon singles titles Serena has won.
7 – In the Open Era, only seven women have won Roland Garros and Wimbledon back-to-back. 2018 French Open champion Simona Halep will try to join that small group.
14 – Garbine Muguruza hasn’t lost a Grand Slam first round in any of her last 14 majors.
21 – players aged 30 or older are in the women’s main draw this fortnight.
24 – This Wimbledon, Serena is bidding to equal Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles won. The American currently has 23.
24 – There have been 24 successful title defences at Wimbledon, most recently Serena winning in 2015 and 2016.
47 – Alize Cornet extends her consecutive Grand Slam appearance streak to 47 this Wimbledon, the eighth longest streak of consecutive appearances in a row.
87 – match wins for Venus Williams at Wimbledon against 15 losses, the third-most in the Open Era and most among active players.
319 – Grand Slam match wins Serena has accumulated throughout her career, the most in the Open Era.
Andy Murray has announced his withdrawal from Wimbledon on the eve of the tournament.
The two-time champion had been due to play Benoit Paire in the first round on Tuesday and spoke positively about his prospects at a press conference on Saturday, but he has decided best-of-five-set tennis is too demanding at this stage of his comeback from hip surgery.
Murray said in a statement: “It’s with regret I’m withdrawing from Wimbledon. I’ve made significant progress in practice and matches over the last 10 days but, after lengthy discussions with my team and with a heavy heart, we’ve decided that playing best-of-five-set matches might be a bit too soon in the recovery process.
“We did everything we could to try to be ready in time. I will start practising on the hard courts from tomorrow and continuing with my rehab and recovery and I’m looking forward to the US hard-court season.
“Thanks for all the messages of support and I’m excited to finally be back playing after so long out.”
Really sorry to hear the news, @andy_murray.
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 1, 2018