If Novak Djokovic does not successfully defend his Wimbledon title in 2023, the absence of Rafael Nadal through injury and Roger Federer through retirement makes it likely that only the fifth different male winner since 2002 will lift the trophy.
In the women’s section, world No.1 Iga Swiatek is hoping to be victorious at the All England Club for the first time.
Carlos Alcaraz, the top-ranked man in the world, is also bidding to win a first SW19 title, while two-time champion Petra Kvitova is among the women’s seeds.
Whose footsteps will the champions be following? Here’s who won last year and a list of former victors at Wimbledon.
Who won Wimbledon last year? Men’s champion
Novak Djokovic was the 2022 Wimbledon champion, winning his 21st grand slam title and his seventh at SW19.
It wasn’t all plain sailing for one of the most decorated players in Wimbledon history: Djokovic dropped sets in all but two of his seven matches, recovering from two sets down to beat Jannik Sinner in the quarterfinals and a set behind against Cameron Norrie in the last four and Nick Kyrgios in the final.
Djokovic played Kyrgios in the final after the volatile Australian advanced from the semifinals without playing because of an injury suffered by two-time champion Rafael Nadal.
The popular Spaniard will not be competing in 2023 because he has undergone surgery on a hip problem, leading him to hint that 2024 will be his last in the sport.
Who won Wimbledon last year? Women’s champion
Elena Rybakina won her first grand slam title and became the first Kazakhstani to win a major when she recovered from a set down to beat Ons Jabeur in the women’s singles final.
Tunisian Jabeur, who was aiming to become the first African to win a grand slam crown in the Open Era, was 14 places above Rybakina in the rankings.
Simona Halep, champion in 2019, was Rybakina’s victim in the quarterfinals, losing in straight sets to the player who would succeed the retired Ash Barty as champion.
Wimbledon men’s singles champions: Full list of every winner in the Open Era
Roger Federer is the most successful men’s singles player at Wimbledon. His eight titles include a remarkable run of five in a row from 2003.
Federer’s retirement in 2022 means Djokovic needs to win Wimbledon once more to draw level with the Swiss superstar’s record. The winner of the last four editions, it is conceivable that the Serbian, 36, will become the outright record holder before he contemplates retirement.
American Pete Sampras, who dominated during the 1990s, has won the tournament seven times, as did Britain’s William Renshaw between 1881 and 1889.
Wimbledon men’s singles champions (Open Era)
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Wimbledon women’s singles champions: Full list of every winner in the Open Era
Martina Navratilova is the most successful women’s singles player in Wimbledon history, with six of her nine titles coming in consecutive years between 1982 and 1987.
Serena Williams is closest to Navratilova’s astonishing total among modern players, amassing seven titles across 14 years. Now 41, it is unlikely Williams will return to Wimbledon, although she is yet to retire officially and could be tempted back into action because she is one grand slam win away from Margaret Court’s record of 24 major trophies.
Navratilova and Williams’ fellow American, Helen Wills Moody, won Wimbledon eight times during the pre-Open Era, and Briton Dorothea Lambert Chambers triumphed seven times between 1903 and 1914.
Wimbledon women’s singles champions (Open Era)
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Who are the youngest and oldest Wimbledon winners?
Switzerland’s Monica Seles is the youngest player to win Wimbledon in the Open Era, doing so as a 16-year-old in 1997. Before then, home player Lottie Dod won as a 15-year-old in 1887. Dod is said to have been listening to Wimbledon on the radio when she died 73 years later.
Boris Becker holds the men’s record, winning as a 17-year-old in 1985. The German beat the record set by Swedish legend Bjorn Borg as a 20-year-old nine years earlier.
Three-time champion Arthur Gore won as a 41-year-old in 1909, and the Briton still holds the record as the oldest player ever to have won the tournament. Federer is the oldest in the Open Era, at almost 36-and-a-half years old.
Britain’s Charlotte Cooper Sterry holds the women’s record as a 37-year-old winner in 1908. In the Open Era, the oldest women’s singles winner is Navratilova, who won at the age of 33 in 1990 — a record she almost raised by four years, only to lose to Conchita Martinez in the 1994 final.