When is Wimbledon 2018, what TV channel will it be on and will Andy Murray be playing in the event?

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Well, Wimbledon is just around the corner and the eyes of the nation will once again be on Andy Murray – or so we hope…

 Andy Murray made his long-awaited return to tennis after almost a year out

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Andy Murray made his long-awaited return to tennis after almost a year out

Britain's former No 1 has had year-long injury problems but hopes to be at SW19 to grace the Centre Court, where he has twice triumphed.

Johanna Konta leads the British girls' charge.

Last year Roger Federer won the Gentlemen's Singles title for a record eighth time, surpassing Pete Sampras and William Renshaw, who both triumphed seven times.

Garbine Muguruza won the Ladies' Singles title.

 Roger Federer defends the men's title at Wimbledon

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Roger Federer defends the men's title at Wimbledon
 Spanish star Garbine Muguruza beat Venus Williams to land the 2017 ladies' championship

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Spanish star Garbine Muguruza beat Venus Williams to land the 2017 ladies' championship

Qualifying is at the Bank of England Sports Centre in London from Monday, June 25-Thursday, June 28. The men’s and women’s tournaments begin on Monday, July 2, with the doubles starting on Wednesday, July 4 and mixed doubles beginning on Thursday, July 5.

The juniors, wheelchair and invitational matches get going on Saturday, July 7. There is no play on Sunday, July 8.

 Novak Djokovic will be happy to swap the clay for the high speed Wimbledon grass courts

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Novak Djokovic will be happy to swap the clay for the high speed Wimbledon grass courts

Yes. Wimbledon remains one of the very few major UK sporting events where you can still buy premium tickets on the day of play.

Tickets are sold strictly on the basis of one per person standing in the famous Wimbledon queue that wraps itself around the golf course opposite the All England club.

You will be issued with a Queue Card which is non-transferable, and later wrist bans whose numbers correspond to the number of Show Court tickets available.

 A fit again Rafael Nadal should be far more competitive this year

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A fit again Rafael Nadal should be far more competitive this year

A limited number of tickets are available daily for Centre Court, No.1 Court and No.2 Court, except for the last four days on Centre Court, when all are sold in advance.

In addition, several thousand Grounds Passes are available each day at the turnstiles entitling use of unreserved seating and standing room on Courts No.3 – 18.

 Johanna Konta leads the British ladies' charge

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Johanna Konta leads the British ladies' charge

There are facilities for mobility-impaired visitors to wait nearer the grounds. Entry will be in The Queue Card number order. Please ask any Steward for further assistance.

Disabled visitors with mobility impairments who intend to buy tickets on the day of play are advised to telephone the Ticket Office on 0208 971 2473 for further details on queuing and car parking arrangements.

 Seven-time champions and new mum Serena Williams is expected to grace SW19

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Seven-time champions and new mum Serena Williams is expected to grace SW19

The 2013 and 2016 winner certainly plans to be there but it is not a given by any means.

His return at Queen's Club ended in defeat to Aussie Nick Kyrgious in his first match for 342 days following hip surgery.

Murray, 31, is taking no chances with his fitness after such a long absence, admitting: "I need to do a littler bit more now to look after my body."

 Dan Evans has been denied a wildcard and must pre-qualify

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Dan Evans has been denied a wildcard and must pre-qualify

Federer, Novak Djokovic and recent French Open winner, Rafael Nadal top the men's roster.

Former champion Serena Williams is one of the bookmakers' favourites to win the women's title.

But the American faces strong competition from Petra Kvitova, Garbine Muguruza and Simona Halep.

Dan Evans has been overlooked following a 12-month ban for a positive test for cocaine.

But eight Brits have been awarded wild cards into the main draw with a further ten given places in qualifying.

 The Centre Court crowd fights for Andy Murray's racket during his 2016 glory run

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The Centre Court crowd fights for Andy Murray's racket during his 2016 glory run

Jay Clarke, 19, will make his debut in the championships and is joined in the men's draw by Liam Broady.

A good year for British omen is reflected by the fact that Gabi Taylor, Harriet Dart and Katy Dunne make their debuts in the main ladies' draw.

They are joined by Naomi Broady, Katie Boulter and Katie Swan.

 Some Show Court tickets are available on the day

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Some Show Court tickets are available on the day

The injury-plagued former junior champion is now down to 330 in the rankings.

Like Evans, Robson – who admitted she would probably decline a wild card had she been offered one – will also have to go through qualifying if she wants to make the singles draw.

Yes. The 2002 Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt has also been handed one along with compatriot Alex Bolt.

 The infamous Wimbledon queue will be operating again

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The infamous Wimbledon queue will be operating again

Wimbledon 2018 will be screened by the BBC with a team presenting live matches during the day on BBC One and BBC Two.

An evening round-up, Today at Wimbledon, will be hosted by Clare Balding on BBC Two.

Footage is also expected to be made available on the red button and via a live stream on the BBC website.

 But eventually you will get in...

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But eventually you will get in…

Cameras that capture all the action will be taken in-house, with the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club choosing the footage to be shown on our TV screens for the first time, not the BBC.

Andy Murray wears Scottish hat and red wig during charity tennis match against Roger Federer in Scotland

Men's singles: Roger Federer took his eighth men's singles title.

Women's singles: Garbiñe Muguruza.

Men's doubles: Marcelo Melo and Lukasz Kubot.

Women's doubles: Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina.

Mixed doubles: Martina Hingis and Jamie Murray.

 

 

 

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