Wimbledon 2022: When does it start, when is the draw and who are the wildcards?

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Wimbledon has announced a record prize money for this summer’s tournament as it seeks to avoid a player boycott after being stripped of ranking points due to its banning of Russians and Belarusians.

Championships participants will compete for a total prize pool of £40.35million, 11.1% more than at last year’s event – ​​which had reduced capacity due to coronavirus – and 5.4 % more than the previous edition in 2019.

The two singles champions will each take home £2million, the second half, while those beaten in the first round will still receive £50,000.

Participants in the qualifying competition will also benefit from an increase of 26% compared to last year and 48.1% compared to 2019.

Naomi Osaka, John Isner and Lucas Pouille have publicly indicated they could skip Wimbledon after being stripped of ranking points for banning Daniil Medvedev during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Ian Hewitt, Chairman of the All England Club, said: “From the first round of qualifying competition to the crowning of champions, this year’s award distribution aims to reflect how important players are to the Championships as we are looking to continue to host one of the most important sporting events in the world.

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Doubles and mixed doubles prize pools increased by 9.6 and 17.4% compared to 2021 and 2019, respectively, while wheelchair and quad events increased by 19.8 and 40.1% .

A return to full capacity of crowds for the first time in three years and a scheduled game on the middle Sunday for the first time helped make such an increase in prize money possible.

Osaka said last month: “I would love to go there just to get some experience on the grass court, but at the same time, for me, it’s a bit… I don’t mean useless – no game of words – but I’m the kind of player who gets motivated by seeing my rankings go up, stuff like that.

Former semi-finalist Isner, who has a plaque at Wimbledon after playing the longest match in tennis history there in 2010, said: “Right now, to be honest, I’m not thrilled to Wimbledon. I could just show up on Saturday and maybe play on Monday and see what happens. Because, you know, our currency on tour is points.

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Pouille told L’Equipe he didn’t expect to play, incorrectly predicting the prize money would be ‘reduced’.

He added: “I had first decided not to play Wimbledon before saying to myself ‘No, it’s still a grand slam, you’re going to go’, and I signed up for the tournaments on grass. But I don’t think I will go.

What is that?

This is the third grand slam of the year, the Wimbledon championships which take place between Monday June 27 and Sunday July 10.

When is the draw for the championships?

The official draw will take place on Friday June 24 at 10 a.m.

How to follow the draw?

The draw will not be televised but you will be able to follow all the key matches through our live blog. Just bookmark this page and check back the Friday before the Championships start.

What are the latest news ?

Andy Murray has pulled out of Queen’s amid speculation his abdominal injury could seriously hamper his Wimbledon campaign in just under a fortnight.

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Murray’s management team said a CT scan confirmed tension in his stomach muscles. The damage is not believed to be major, but time is running out and tension in this area will make it extremely difficult for him to practice his serve.

It’s the first time Murray has missed Queen’s since 2007, the year he tore a tendon in his wrist and was out for three months.

He is expected to try and play an exhibition game or two at the Hurlingham Club next week, just to get back into a competitive frame of mind. But his training will clearly be reduced – a particularly frustrating development given that Ivan Lendl, his trainer and mentor, is due to fly to London imminently.

Who are the defending champions?

Novak Djokovic and Ashleigh Barty won the singles tournaments in 2021 – but Barty will not return to defend his crown after retiring unexpectedly from tennis earlier this year.

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