The third Grand Slam tournament of 2016, Wimbledon, is now right around the corner, as it starts on June 27. It’s the only Grand Slam to be played on grass courts. This surface makes the ball bounce low and fast, making it difficult to have extended rallies from the baseline. The fast-paced serve and volley strategy is favored on the grass. The surface lends itself to major upsets. For example, both Simona Halep and Rafael Nadal were defeated in early rounds last year.
On the women’s side, Serena Williams is looking to avenge her losses at the first two Grand Slams of the year, the Australian and French. Grass is arguably her best surface, winning six Wimbledon titles, so she is well acclimated to the inconsistency of the court. A rematch of last month’s French Open final and last year’s Wimbledon final between Williams and Garbiñe Muguruza wouldn’t be surprising. Recently, Muguruza has struggled on the grass, not winning a single match in preparation for next week’s tournament. Serena hasn’t played a single match since Roland Garros, which could leave her rusty in early matches. However, Williams appears to be favored to win her twenty-second Grand Slam.
On the men’s side, Novak Djokovic is coming into Wimbledon playing, arguably, the best tennis of his career. He has won the last four Grand Slam tournaments and two of his biggest adversaries, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, are coming off injury or aren’t even playing in the tournament because of injury. Andy Murray could prove to be a problem for the Serbian. Murray has played his best tennis on the grass, winning the 2012 Olympic gold medal in London and Wimbledon in 2013. Also, he hasn’t lost a match since the French Open. Murray could break through to win this tournament, but it’s unlikely seeing as Djokovic is on top form.