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Wimbledon 2008: Poll, Players, Info

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As Wimbledon approaches tennis fans may be asking themselves what surprises the 2008 tournament has in stall and this year's competition promises not to disappoint.

The 132nd Wimbledon Championships is set to commence on June 23. Wimbledon is the oldest major tennis championship and is considered by many to be the most prestigious. For two weeks, the top tennis players will compete for the Wimbledon Champion title and a piece of the £11,812,000 offered in prize money.

Roger Federer holds the number one seed in the Men's singles competition. Federer, who has won five consecutive Wimbledon titles, has had a disappointing season with only one tournament win. His biggest competition will be Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, who are ranked two and three. Djokovic defeated Federer twice this season and is the present Australian Open Champion. In early June, Nadal beat Federer to take home the French Open title.

Ana Ivanovic holds the number one seed in the women's singles competition. Ivanovic recently won the French Open but the women's singles competition is still considered

to be up for grabs, a fact compounded by the recent retirement of world No1 Justine Henin.

Venus Williams has played indifferently all season, but the defending champion, and her sister Serena, are always formidable at Wimbledon.

The top three ranked players in women's tennis -- Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic -- can beat the other two on their day. Each woman is capable of a Dr Jekyll or Mr Hyde performance. Sharapova has the best record at Wimbledon while Ivanovic is having her best season to date.

Lurking further down the draw are former champions Lindsay Davenport and Amelia Mauresmo. Or perhaps, as Marion Bartoli so nearly did last year, the ladies' winner will come from nowhere.

Fans can watch the matches on NBC and ESPN or they can go online to Wimbledon's new website with features that include:

IBM SlamTracker, Real-Time Fan Feedback, Interactive draw, My Wimbledon for player personalisation, multiple Wimbledon widgets, select in-line videos and continued integration with Wimbledon LIVE... The SlamTracker will give fans a live interactive map so users can check out what is happening on all courts with active matches.

The website will also feature LIVE video of the matches, video-on-demand, classic footage, player interviews, previews and highlights.

Quick Poll

Will Roger Federer Take Home Sixth Wimbledon Title?



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Filed by Brigitte Bradford