- Associated Press - Sunday, June 22, 2014

LONDON (AP) - A look at Wimbledon, the year’s third Grand Slam tennis tournament:

Surface: Grass courts.

Site: The All England Lawn Tennis Club.

Schedule: Play begins Monday. The women’s singles final is July 5; the men’s singles final is July 6. There are no matches scheduled for the two-week tournament’s middle Sunday, June 29.

2013 Men’s Singles Champion: Andy Murray of Britain.

2013 Women’s Singles Champion: Marion Bartoli of France.

Last Year: Murray ended the host country’s 77-year wait by becoming the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win Wimbledon, beating Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4. Hitting with two hands off both wings, seeded only 15th, and without a title from any tournament in more than 1 1/2 years, Bartoli beat Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-4. It was Bartoli’s first Grand Slam trophy - and her last, because less than six weeks later, she surprisingly announced her retirement at age 28, saying her “body was really starting to fall apart.”

On Court Monday: No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. Andrey Golubev, No. 3 Andy Murray vs. David Goffin, No. 6 Tomas Berdych vs. Victor Hanescu, No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov vs. Ryan Harrison; No. 2 Li Na vs. Paula Kania, No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Andreea Mitu, No. 6 Petra Kvitova vs. Andrea Hlavackova, No. 8 Victoria Azarenka vs. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, No. 30 Venus Williams vs. Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor.

Monday’s Forecast: Cloudy, with a high of 73 degrees (23 Celsius).

Stat of the Day: 35 - Titles from the past 37 Grand Slam tournaments for the “Big 4” of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Djokovic and Murray.

Quote of the Day: “It’s possible it doesn’t work. It has nothing to do with whether she’s a woman or not. That’s not why it will work or not work.” - Murray, on hiring 2006 Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo as his coach.

Prize Money: Total is 25 million pounds (about $42.5 million), an increase of more than 10 percent from a year ago, with 1.76 million pounds (nearly $3 million) each to the men’s and women’s singles champions.

Online: https://www.wimbledon.org

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