At a glance

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A glance at Wim­ble­don, which be­gins July 3-16 in Lon­don” SUR­FACE Grass courts SITE The All Eng­land Lawn Ten­nis Club SCHED­ULE Main-draw play be­gins Mon­day. The 14-day tour­na­ment closes with the women’s sin­gles fi­nal July 15, and the men’s sin­gles fi­nal July 16. 2016 MEN’S SIN­GLES CHAM­PION Andy

Mur­ray of Bri­tain. 2016 WOMEN’S SIN­GLES CHAM­PION

Ser­ena Wil­liams of the United States.

LAST YEAR: Mur­ray beat Mi­los Raonic 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2) for his sec­ond Wim­ble­don tro­phy and third Grand Slam ti­tle over­all. Raonic, the first man from Canada to play in a ma­jor sin­gles fi­nal, came in av­er­ag­ing 25½ aces per match but wound up with only eight against the ter­rific-re­turn­ing Mur­ray. Back in 2013, Mur­ray’s first Wim­ble­don cham­pi­onship ended Bri­tain’s 77-year wait for one of its own to win the men’s fi­nal. Wil­liams de­feated

An­gelique Ker­ber 7-5, 6-3 for her sev­enth Wim­ble­don ti­tle and 22nd Grand Slam sin­gles cham­pi­onship over­all, pulling even with St­effi Graf for most in the Open era, which be­gan in 1968. Wil­liams then sur­passed Graf at this year’s Aus­tralian Open with No. 23.

MISS­ING FROM THE FIELD Wil­liams is preg­nant and tak­ing the rest of this sea­son off, so she will not de­fend her ti­tle. Also ab­sent: 2004 cham­pion Maria Shara­pova, who is sit­ting out the tour­na­ment for the sec­ond year in a row. She missed the 2017 grass-court cir­cuit with an in­jured left thigh; the Rus­sian would have needed to try to qual­ify be­cause her rank­ing was too low to get into the main draw after her re­turn from a 15-month dop­ing sus­pen­sion that side­lined her dur­ing Wim­ble­don a year ago.

BACK IN THE FIELD Rafael Nadal, fresh off his record 10th cham­pi­onship at the French Open, re­turns to Wim­ble­don after be­ing out last year with an in­jured left wrist. Two of his 15 ma­jor ti­tles came at Wim­ble­don. For­mer No. 1 and twotime Aus­tralian Open cham­pion Vic­to­ria Azarenka sat out Wim­ble­don last year with an in­jured right knee and missed time more re­cently while preg­nant. Now a mom to son Leo, Azarenka will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in her first Grand Slam tour­na­ment since the 2016 French Open.

KEY STATIS­TIC I 14 — Con­sec­u­tive Wim­ble­don men’s ti­tles won by Roger Fed­erer (7), No­vak Djokovic (3), Nadal (2) or Andy Mur­ray (2).

KEY STATIS­TIC II 2 — Num­ber of past Wim­ble­don cham­pi­ons in the women’s field, Venus Wil­liams (5) and Pe­tra Kvi­tova (2). PRIZE MONEY To­tal is 31.6 mil­lion pounds (about $40 mil­lion), with 2.2 mil­lion pounds (about $2.8 mil­lion) each to the men’s and women’s sin­gles cham­pi­ons.

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