The 2019 Wimbledon Championships get underway this weekend and take place between July 1-14, and as everybody frantically prepares enough Pimms and strawberries to last the next fortnight, you can get in the mood for all of the tennis action with the tournament’s Official Playlist.
The playlist features big new tunes from Kaiser Chiefs, Keane, Mabel, Blossoms, The Sherlocks, Little Mix, Liam Gallagher, tennis player-turned musician Grace Carter and many more, including the classic theme tune ‘Wimbledon’ by Keith Mansfield.
Like the superstars of the game, you can get pumped for the big matches this summer whether you’re camped out in the queue waiting to get into the grounds of SW19, are fortunate enough to get a seat in Centre Court, have found a spot on Henman Hill/Murray Mount or are watching on TV in the comfort of your own home, make this your soundtrack to one of the most famous and historic sporting events on the planet.
The playlist will also be updated daily with TV uses from the BBC‘s coverage.
Whilst there were fears that persistent injuries would bring an end to his illustrious career, Andy Murray will be at the tournament after successful hip resurfacing in January has allowed him to continue playing. However the Scot won’t be challenging for the Men’s Singles title, as he continues to work towards returning to full fitness in the Doubles game. He will be competing alongside Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the Men’s Doubles, and could also compete in the Mixed Doubles with a yet-to-be-confirmed partner.
In the Men’s Singles, defending champion Novak Djokovic will go in as the favourite to win at SW19 for a fifth time, with World No.2 Rafael Nadal and eight-time champion Roger Federer having been paired in the same side of the draw. Kyle Edmund is the highest ranked Brit in the Men’s singles, with the 24-year old seeded 30th in the draw and facing Spain’s Jaume Munar in the first round on Monday.
In the women’s draw, top seed Ashleigh Barty will be hoping to add to her French Open win and consolidate her position as the new World No.1. However, as is usually the case in the Women’s Game, shocks and surprises are around every corner and there will be a whole host of other players looking to lift the title this year. Defending 2018 Champion Angelique Kerber goes in as the No.5 seed, meaning a meeting with Barty could be on the cards. No.2 seed Naomi Osaka will hoping to lift her third Grand Slam in the space of a year, whilst No.11 seed Serena Williams will be eyeing an eighth singles win at Wimbledon. Britain’s Johanna Konta will be carrying the hopes of the nation in the Women’s Singles as the 19th seed, with the 28-year-old hoping to match, if not better, her run to the Semi-finals in 2017.
With Jay Clarke, Harriet Dart, Dan Evans, Paul Jubb, Cameron Norrie, Katie Swan, James Ward and Heather Watson also flying the flag for Britain over the next fortnight alongside Edmund and Konta, make sure to back #BackTheBrits with The Official British Tennis Playlist on Spotify and Deezer.
Music plays a massive part in the British game. This playlist soundtracks the indoor events at LTA & Davis Cup Events, plus the players walk on music and warm up tracks!
The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) is the national governing body of tennis in Great Britain whose focus is to develop participation growth to help more people play tennis.