Wimbledon 2022: Dates and how to watch tennis competition in the UK

Novak Djokovic is the returning champion (Picture: Simon Bruty / Anychance / Getty)

After the French Open, the next Grand Slam in the tennis calendar is the iconic Wimbledon.

The Championship, held at the All England Club in the famed area of ​​South London, is perhaps the biggest tennis event of the year – attracting even casual spectators of the sport.

And the glistening gold Wimbledon trophy is perhaps the most coveted prize a professional tennis player can win.

Wimbledon began all the way back in 1877 – and in 2022, many will be curious to watch returning champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia defend his title after recent controversy.

Fans of British number one Emma Raducanu and Japan’s Naomi Osaka will also be watching with great interest.

So, when is Wimbledon this year? And where can you watch the action?

When does Wimbledon 2022 start?

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Fans will descend on the All England Club at the end of June for Wimbledon (Picture: Clive Brunskill / Getty Images)

This year, Wimbledon will take place from Monday, June 27 to Sunday, July 10.

For the first time, the tournament will be played over 14 days and include play on Middle Sunday, according to the official schedule.

First rounds for the gentlemen’s and ladies’ singles will be played on June 27 and Tuesday, June 28, with quarter-finals starting on Tuesday, July 5 and semi-finals from Thursday, July 7.

The ladies’ final will be played on Saturday, July 9, with the men’s on Sunday, July 10.

Timings vary depending on the court, but play on Center Court usually begins at 1.30pm each day.

How to watch Wimbledon 2022 in the UK

If you want to watch Wimbledon, you’ll be able to follow the whole tournament on BBC channels.

Matches are expected to air on BBC One and BBC Two, and as usual you should be able to catch up and watch extra via the Red Button.

Exact times for specific matches will be revealed nearer the time.

Online viewers will be able to catch up on BBC iPlayer, which can be streamed on smart TVs, laptops, tablets and smartphones.

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