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The Players

Who competes for the big prize

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The following events will be contested at The Championships:

  • Gentlemen's Singles (128 player draw)
  • Ladies' Singles (128 draw)
  • Gentlemen's Doubles (64 draw)
  • Ladies' Doubles (64 draw)
  • Mixed Doubles (48 draw)
  • Boys' Singles (64 draw)
  • Boys' Doubles (32 draw)
  • Girls' Singles (64 draw)
  • Girls' Doubles (32 draw)
  • Gentlemen's Invitation Doubles (8 pairs round robin)
  • Senior Gentlemen's Invitation Doubles (8 pairs round robin)
  • Ladies' Invitation Doubles (8 pairs round robin)
  • Gentlemen's Wheelchair Doubles (4 pairs)
  • Ladies' Wheelchair Doubles (4 pairs)

Qualifying

Qualifiers are the winners of the qualifying competitions staged at the Bank of England Sports Ground at Roehampton the week before The Championships. Players entering the singles events must play three rounds on grass. Unlike The Championships, there is no single 'winner' of Qualifying, instead the players who win all three rounds - 16 in the Gentlemen's Singles and 12 in the Ladies' Singles - will progress, along with four pairs in each of the Ladies' and Men's Doubles events.

Lucky losers are losers from the final round of qualifying competitions to fill any vacancy which occurs in the draw before the first round has been completed.

Follow Qualifying live.

Wild cards

Wild cards are players whose world ranking is not high enough to qualify automatically for The Championships but who are accepted into the main Championships draw at the discretion of the Committee.

Wild cards are usually offered on the basis of past performance at Wimbledon or to increase British interest. Wild cards have been allocated since 1977 and from 2003 some singles wild cards have been determined by competition. The only wild card to win the Men's Singles title was Goran Ivanisevic in 2001. No wild card has won the Ladies' Singles title.

Seeds

A simplified form of seeding was introduced in 1924 when up to four representatives of a nation were drawn in the four different quarters of the draw. In 1927 full seeding was carried out and competitors were selected according to ability, irrespective of nationality. Seeding has been based on computer rankings since 1975. Since 1927 only two unseeded players have won the Gentlemen’s Singles - Boris Becker in 1985 and Goran Ivanisevic in 2001. No unseeded player has won the Ladies’ Singles. Eleven unseeded players have reached the final of the Gentlemen’s Singles and four unseeded players have reached the final of the Ladies’ Singles.

Prize money

The All England Club will award a total of £22,560,000 in prize money to competitors at The Championships, 2013.

Find out more about the Prize Money. 

Clothing and equipment

The following refers to all clothing, including tracksuits and sweaters, worn on The Championship courts both for practice and for matches.

1) Competitors must be dressed in suitable tennis attire that is almost entirely white and this applies from the point at which the player enters the court surround.

2) White does not include off white or cream.

3) There should be no solid mass or panel of colouring. A single trim of colour around the neckline and around the cuff of the sleeve is acceptable but must be no wider than one centimetre (10mm).

4) Colour contained within patterns will be measured as if it is a solid mass of colour and should be within the one centimetre (10mm) guide. Logos formed by variations of material or patterns are not acceptable.

5) The back of a shirt, dress, tracksuit top or sweater must be totally white.

6) Shorts, skirts and tracksuit bottoms must be totally white except for a single trim of colour down the outside seam no wider than one centimetre (10mm).

7) Caps, headbands, bandanas, wristbands and socks must be totally white except for a single trim of colour no wider than one centimetre (10mm).

8) Shoes must be almost entirely white, including the soles. Large manufacturers’ logos are not encouraged. The grass court shoes must adhere to the Grand Slam rules (see Appendix A below for full details). In particular shoes with pimples around the outside of the toes shall not be permitted. The foxing around the toes must be smooth.

9) Any undergarments that either are or can be visible during play (including due to perspiration) must also be completely white except for a single trim of colour no wider than one centimetre (10mm). In addition, common standards of decency are required at all times.

10) Medical supports and equipment should be white if possible but may be coloured if absolutely necessary.

A more relaxed dress code operates at the Aorangi Park practice courts.

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