The official 2013 Wimbledon championships won’t be with us for a good few months yet, but many people are looking forward to it already.
If you adore tennis and can’t wait to be sitting in on the live events again, you could always gear up for the season now by checking out 2013’s potential players.

Heather Watson

At just 20 years of age, Heather Watson is already ranked in the top 50 of the WTA. The British-born player will be the UK’s hopeful for the 2013 women’s singles.
She began playing tennis when she was seven and has already had some amazing highlights in her career.

Heather Watson

Playing style

Watson has impeccable footwork that will certainly stand her in good stead for 2013, as well as having great balance and a huge arsenal of shots. She favours a two-handed backhand.

Notable wins

Watson managed to make it to her third round in the 2012 Wimbledon championship, making her the first British woman since 2002 to do so.
At that time she was ranked 103rd, yet managed to beat Iveta Benesova (ranked 52nd) and Jamie Hampton (ranked 84th).
She also won the 2012 Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championship, beating Chang Kai-chen (ranked 82nd) in the final. This also made her the first British woman to win a WTA title since 1988.

Kei Nishikori

The Japanese tennis player sits in 19th place in the ATP rankings and 2013 is gearing up to be the best in his career.
Nishikori first started playing tennis at the age of 5 and played in his first ATP event when he was just 17.

Kei Nishikori

Playing style

Nishikori has a very distinctive playing style, being both speedy and powerful on the court.

Notable wins

Kei’s notable wins to date include the 2011 Swiss Indoors Basel tournament (beating Novak Djokovic) and the quarter finals of 2012 Australian Open (beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga).

Ryan Harrison

Ryan Harrison was born in Louisiana, USA, and already has some impressive achievements to brag about at age 20. He’s spearheading the new American tennis movement, which hopes to relive the USA’s tennis heyday.
He currently ranks in 69th place.

Ryan Harrison

Playing style

Harrison is famous for his powerful playing style, much of which is fuelled by his great athleticism. His strong serve is his trademark, although he also showcases an incredibly controlled forehand.

Notable wins

In 2012 Harrison appeared in all four of the Grand Slam events. He managed to make it to the quarter-finals in the US Open and the French Open, both impressive achievements at such a young age.
He also managed to reach the semi-finals of the SAP Open for the third time running.

In 2013 you should keep an eye out for these three players to see how their careers progress – they could be the next big tennis stars!

This article was written by Wimbledon Debenture Holders, a boutique website for Wimbledon tickets.
Photos by Tennis Buzz: Heather Watson French Open 2012, Kei Nishikori Bercy 2012, Ryan Harrison French Open 2012.

adidas welcomed some members of the Tennis GB team at the adidas London 2012 media lounge for a Q + A sessions with Tim Henman.

Laura Robson, Jamie Murray, Andy Murray, Ross Hutchins, Colin Fleming and Tim Henman:

Team GB tennis

Jamie and Andy Murray:

Team GB tennis

Smiling (?) Murray:

Team GB tennis

Great Britain Olympic tennis team: Elena Baltacha, Colin Fleming, Ross Hutchins, Anne Keothavong, Andy Murray, Jamie Murray, Laura Robson, Heather Watson

Via adidas

Other players seen on Day 5:

Jelena Jankovic:

Jelena Jankovic

Jelena Jankovic

Jelena Jankovic
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With its Davis Cup team embarassing defeat against Lithuania in March, british tennis has reached a new low.
This loss – which costed captain John Lloyd his job – was Britain’s fifth in a row and they have now to face … Turkey(!) to avoid dropping into the lowest tier of the competition.

This Davis Cup disaster reflects how bad Britain is at tennis:

– Murray’s defeat at this year’s Oz Open final prolonged British Slam drought. Right after his semifinal win against Tsonga, Federer had joked that Britain had been searching for a male Grand Slam champion for about 150,000 years.
In fact it’s “only” 74 years: Fred Perry was the last to win a Slam in 1936 (he won Wimbledon and US Open that year).

Murray is actually the only british player in the top 100 (France and Spain have each 12 players in the top 100). But like Henman and Rusedski, he is not a product of british tennis structure, as he spent many years at the Sanchez-Casal academy in Spain.
Alex Bogdanovic, the second best ranked (number 166 as of June, 10 2010) could be seen as the poster child of british tennis failure: the 26 yr old has received a Wimbledon wild card eight years in a row, losing in the first round everytime.

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