Passing shots: Murray mania, more Wimbledon storylines to watch
Strawberries and cream, skirted lineswomen and soggy weather mean only one thing: It's time for the oldest and most prestigious tournament in tennis. With the 123rd edition of the Wimbledon Championships set to start Monday, here's a look at five of the most pressing questions at the All England Club.
It's been 73 years since a Briton won Wimbledon (
And just when you thought the British tabloids couldn't get more wound up about the hometown favorite's chances, Murray goes out Sunday and defeats
For his part, Murray is dialing down the hype.
"Wimbledon is a totally different animal," Murray told BBC Sport. "It's over two weeks, they are best of five-set matches -- and neither Federer nor Nadal were at Queens this year and I'll probably have to beat at least one of them if I'm to win Wimbledon."
"I do feel confident that if I play my best I have a chance," Murray said. "This is definitely the best I've felt going into Wimbledon."
Fifteen for Fed? That's the history at stake for the 27-year-old Federer, now unburdened by the title of defending champion for the first time since 2003. Should Federer follow up his French Open crown with another Wimbledon title, he would surprass
Five-time Wimbledon champion
If Venus can navigate through the early rounds (where she's been prone to the occasional upset) don't be surprised to see the 28-year-old play for her sixth title on the Fourth of July.
The 26-year-old twisted his ankle shortly after attempting a between-the-legs shot during the third game of last week's semifinal against Blake. Roddick continued to play but ended up retiring at 4-4 in the first set. Tests revealed no major problems, and Roddick is expected to be ready for next week.
Twenty-two Grand Slams have come and gone since Roddick's triumph at the 2003 U.S. Open. No American player has won a major tournament since, though Roddick has twice advanced to the Wimbledon final.
Nadal's knee issues have been shrouded in mystery since his unexpected French Open loss to
"It would be a good test for me to play there to see how the knee is doing, and it would provide the perfect setting to get some practice before Wimbledon," Nadal said on his Web site. "If I feel the recuperation is going well, I will be more than happy to be there again. I hope that's the case."
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"lol at Wilbledon telling its players to cut the sex grunt noises or el$e!"