The qualifying competition consists of gentlemen's and ladies' singles events in which players must win three rounds to earn one of the 16 main draw berths for men or main draw places for women. The number of competitors per round is limited to 32 for men and 24 for women. In addition, there are also four wild card spots available.
To qualify, a player must win at least five matches in as many attempts or finish no lower than second place or higher than third place in his/her group. If several players meet this condition, they will be ranked by their wins over the other eligible players. A player who does not meet this condition will not qualify.
The qualifying competition takes place over two days: 4-8 June for men and 1-4 July for women. The top 16 men and the top eight women advance to the main draw. The remaining spots are filled by wild cards awarded to young players who perform well at special events called "lawn bowls".
Winners of the six main draw categories (men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's doubles, mixed doubles) receive a spot in the elite bracket of the ATP World Tour. Losing players go back into the qualifying competition until there is a winner or they withdraw.
As qualifiers, the sixteen competitors who win their three rounds proceed to the main draw. In the women's qualifying singles, a field of 96 players competes in three rounds. The top eight players after the first round advance to the second round, which includes four matches played over two days. The winners of these matches go on to play each other in the best-of-three final. The men's qualifying singles are contested by eighty-four players with the top eight after the first round advancing to the second round. Here, too, there are four matches played over two days with the winners meeting in the best-of-five final.
In total, then, about 100 players will receive wild cards into the main draw. The number of entrants varies from year to year but is usually around 150. Out of this group, one or two players will be given a place in the world's top 100 rankings to qualify for the ATP World Tour. The remainder will need to win their way in through the qualifying rounds.
The number of entrants per round of the main draw is always equal. This means that if there are eight places available in round one, then eight players will progress to round two. The only exception to this rule comes down to space availability in case several players have the same record.
Singles for men and women
|Round 3 qualifying||$35,993|
|Round 2 qualifying||$21,878|
|Round 1 qualifying||$11,998|
The singles qualifying contests consist of three rounds. From 2019, singles qualifying will be limited to 128 participants, with no doubles qualification. Previously, same-sex doubles tournaments were limited to two rounds. For mixed doubles, there is no qualifying event. All matches are best-of-three sets.
All matches are played on outdoor grass courts at the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) in London, England. The main stadium can hold up to 10,000 people and was built in 1877. A second venue, the Royal Box at Wimbledon, can hold an additional 1,000 people. A third venue, the Community Centre Court, is used for smaller events such as junior matches.
The first edition of what we know today as Wimbledon was held from 27 June - 1 July 1877. It was originally known as the All England Croquet Club Championship. Eight clubs participated in the inaugural tournament: Cambridge, Hurlingham, St George's, Wanderers', White's, Richmond, Black's and the MCC (now known as Lord's). The event was designed as a challenge match to determine which country had the best lawn tennis players in Europe. Britain defeated Germany in the final by way of goal difference after both teams scored one victory and one loss.
There are seven rounds of Winning the men's and women's singles competitions, like with all Grand Slams, necessitates advancing through seven rounds (and winning seven matches). To win a match, males must win three sets out of five possibilities, while women must win two sets out of three. In practice, only one set is usually lost in either gender's first-round match.
A player loses when he or she fails to win at least two sets. If a match ends in a tie break, each side will receive one point; if it continues without a winner being determined, both players earn one point for their opponent.
The number of rounds of a tennis tournament can vary from year to year. The main event at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships is the Grand Slam, which includes the Men's Singles, Women's Singles, Men's Doubles, and Women's Doubles. There are also separate Events for seniors (over 45) and juniors (under 18).
The number of rounds in a tennis tournament may also differ depending on how many teams are involved. For example, the Australian Open has only four rounds but requires each team to compete against every other team once during the opening round. These "seeding matches" determine who will play in what round of the tournament.