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Wimbledon facts

June 20, 2009|Associated Press

Surface: Grass courts.

Site: The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

Schedule: Play begins Monday. The women's singles final is July 4, the men's singles final is July 5.

2008 men's singles champion: Rafael Nadal of Spain.

2008 women's singles champion: Venus Williams of the United States.

Last Year: Nadal beat Roger Federer, 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-7 (8), 9-7, in 4 hours 48 minutes, the longest singles final in Wimbledon history. It gave Nadal his first Wimbledon title and ended Federer's streak of five consecutive championships at the All England Club. Williams won her fifth Wimbledon title by beating younger sister Serena, 7-5, 6-4, in the final.

New This Year: Centre Court now has a retractable roof, which will allow for matches to be played while it's raining.

Key Statistic: 14 -- Number of Grand Slam singles titles won by both Federer and Pete Sampras, the most by a man. Federer tied Sampras' record by winning the French Open this month and can break it by winning Wimbledon.

Prize Money: Total is 12,550,000 pounds (about $20.5 million), with 850,000 pounds (about $1.4 million) each to the men's and women's singles champions.

TV: ESPN2 (starting Monday), NBC (starting June 27).

TOP-SEEDED MEN

(Ranking in parentheses)

1. Rafael Nadal, Spain (1), withdrew; 2. Roger Federer, Switzerland (2); 3. Andy Murray, Britain (3); 4. Novak Djokovic, Serbia (4)

5. Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina (5); 6. Andy Roddick, United States (6); 7. Fernando Verdasco, Spain (8); 8. Gilles Simon, France (7)

9. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France (9); 10. Fernando Gonzalez, Chile (10); 11. Marin Cilic, Croatia (13); 12. Nikolay Davydenko, Russia (11)

13. Robin Soderling, Sweden (12); 14. Gael Monfils, France (14), withdrew; 14. Marat Safin, Russia (23); 15. Tommy Robredo, Spain (15); 16. David Ferrer, Spain (19).

TOP-SEEDED WOMEN

(Ranking in parentheses)

1. Dinara Safina, Russia (1); 2. Serena Williams, United States (2); 3. Venus Williams, United States (3); 4. Elena Dementieva, Russia (4)

5. Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia (5); 6. Jelena Jankovic, Serbia (6); 7. Vera Zvonareva, Russia (7); 8. Victoria Azarenka, Belarus (8)

9. Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark (9); 10. Nadia Petrova, Russia (10); 11. Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland (11); 12. Marion Bartoli, France (12)

13. Ana Ivanovic, Serbia (13); 14. Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia (14); 15. Flavia Pennetta, Italy (15); 16. Zheng Jie, China (16).

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