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We’re getting closer… Wimbledon 2010

- Nicole Humphries-Voorhoeve, Guest Blogger

With just a week to go before Wimbledon gets under way, fans are paying attention to this week’s qualifying event.

The venue for the qualifying event is a perfect place to take in some fantastic tennis before the tournament gets started. It’s taking place at the Bank of England Sports Ground in Roehampton.

Compared with the main draw held a few miles away at the All England Club, Wimbledon qualifying is a fairly understated event.  But its relaxed off-court garden-party atmosphere can be deceiving, since it provides the backdrop to some seriously tense tennis on-court. After all, players have to win three matches in four days if they want to qualify for next week’s singles events.

I know that there are other tennis greats out there, but many people I’ve talked to lately seem to still be split between Federer and Nadal.

If you’re one of those people, this week’s qualifying event would be a good one to keep an eye on… in case you’re looking for a new hero to champion.

250 players descend upon Roehampton from June 14th to June 17th, all in a quest for one of the precious qualifying places in next week’s main draw. Still up for grabs are 16 places in the men’s singles, 12 in the ladies singles’, and four slots in each of the men’s and ladies’ doubles.

Famous names that have gained entry into Wimbledon via qualifying include John McEnroe, 16-year-old Boris Becker in 1984, Jana Novotna in 1986 and Pat Rafter in 1993.

Some names to look out for this year:

American Taylor Dent, British No.2 Alex Bogdanovic, 20-year-old Donald Young and 17-year-old Bernard Tomic. As for the ladies singles’: Michaella Krajicek (half-sister of 1996 Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek), Michelle Larcher de Brito and former world no.4 Jelena Dokic.

If you fancy following all of the action from qualifying, go to: www.wimbledon.org from Monday June 14 to Thursday June 18.

On another note, for those of you who are still looking for accommodation while in London, here are a few fantastic luxury hotels – perfect for tennis fans:

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