The 2022 Wimbledon Championships could be one of the more controversial years for the storied event, with Russian and Belarusian players unable to compete. But with Nadal committing to another Grand Slam venture this year and Djokovic awaiting him on the other side of the draw, it is not likely to be long before politics is replaced with the simple fascination with who will win. And here are the watchability stats for the first two rounds of the men’s draw.
Even with all the storylines swirling around the 2022 Wimbledon Championships, Serena Williams has managed to top the headlines with her decision to return to SW19 after more than a year from competition. All eyes will be on Williams, the true wildcard of the draw, as she makes her way towards the title. Here are some of the other most watchable contenders for the first week.
The draws are out for the 2022 edition of Roland Garros. With Rafael Nadal’s drought in clay Masters titles this season, it has been one of the more surprising lead ups to the clay slam in over a decade. With the skyrocketing success of Carlos Alcaraz, signs that Novak Djokovic is returning to form, and Nadal’s fitness up in the air; the stage is set for a thrilling fight for the French Open men’s title. Which matches are more likely to deliver the most thrills in the first rounds?
Since Ash Barty’s retirement following her win at the Australian Open, Iga Swiatek has become the dominant force on the WTA tour. The French Open during Rafa’s reign has been a foregone conclusion in most years. But this year, it’s Swiatek who is the heaviest favorite at the event. The main question is which among her challengers can make this a more competitive event than expected? And before we know who might be fighting for the title, which womens matches are likely to be the must-sees of the first rounds?
We are heading into the final Masters event of the clay swing in Rome. Will this be a redemption week for Djokovic and Nadal? Or can Alcaraz continue his fairy tale run? And before we learn the answers to those questions, what should we make sure to watch in the first days?