New Delhi : As the Wimbledon tournament is all set to commence from July 3 this year, Google with its innovative Doodle marks the 140th year of the oldest tennis tournament of the world.
Wimbledon has drawn crowds since the dawn of professional tennis, way back when players were using handmade wooden rackets. The tournament is known for its grass courts, perfectly maintained to a neat 8mm — a sturdy height for fast-moving feet.
Unlike today's format, which has four junior and four invitation competitions along with five main contests which includes men's single and double matches and women's single and double matches and even the mixed doubles – the initial phase of the Wimbledon championships had only one event called as Gentleman's Singles.
Defending champion England's Andy Murray starts off as the top seed for the first time, but will face a stern challenge not just from the young guns but also from the old guards with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal turning back the clock and capturing the year's first two slams.
With big names like Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova missing out on the tournament, the women's draw is wide open with last year's finalist Angelique Kerber starting out as the top seed. (india.com)