Wimbledon 2012 is now under way and in view of the atrocious weather in early June, the retractable roof is looking like the best investment the All England Lawn Tennis Club ever made. In any event Murray Mania will be in full swing whatever the weather has in store for us over the Wimbledon fortnight.
The seedings for the tournament held few surprises, the top five men mirror their positions in the current World Rankings. Top Seed is defending champion Novak Djokovic, followed by former champions Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer with British number 1 Andy Murray seeded fourth. Djokovic, Nadal and Federer are certainly an intimidating top three but Murray has beat them all before and there is no reason why he can't do so again. The biggest leap in position is by Australian teenager Bernard Tomic who reached the quarter finals last year and is elevated from 27th to 20th seed.
Former champion, Maria Sharapova, heads the women's list after her victory at last months French Open while defending women's champion Petra Kvitova is seeded fourth. Serena Williams, four times champion is seeded sixth, while sister Venus who is 55th in the World Rankings is unseeded. Four times Grand Slam winner, Kim Clijsters, joins Venus in an unseeded position for the first time since 2000.
Andy Murray's Wimbledon preparations suffered a hitch after he was defeated by Janko Tipsarevic at the Boodles Exhibition Tournament, this followed crashing out in the first round of the AEGON Championships the previous week. Tipsarevic, World No 8, beat Murray 6-7 [5/7] 6-4 10-7 in a match where Murray pushed Tipsarevic hard on his serve before he managed to hold. Murray took the first set but was unable to capitalise when two break points arrived in the hard fought 10th, this challenging grass court match should help Murray ‘fine tune' his game for Wimbledon. Still looking for his first Grand Slam title, Murray appointed Ivan Lendl as his coach at the beginning of the year. Having lost in three previous Grand Slam finals, Murray has to overcome the final hurdle, can Lendl, who has been in the exact same position instill that last bit of belief?. The British fans will certainly hope so especially in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year, the last time a Brit took the Single's title was in 1977, the Queen's Silver Jubilee year when Virginia Wade won much to the country's delight.
The Brit fans will be hoping history can repeat itself this year but they are a pretty easy to please crowd and well used to disappointment. Most fans would probably be happy to just see the tournament play out as planned, whether it's under that new roof or not!. You can check out the odds on all the players here.