Wimbledon 2019 – your essential guide to watching The Championships

Wimbledon is the biggest tennis event of the year – as far as British interest is concerned. Starting on Monday 1 July, here is your essential guide on where and when to watch.

All matches are available on the BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport app, connected red button and website.

British players’ performance

Johanna Konta (19) – 1st round beat Ana Bogdan 7-5 6-2;
– 2nd round beat Katerina Siniakova 6-3 6-4;
– 3rd round beat Sloane Stephens 3-6 6-4 6-1;
– 4th round beat Petra Kvitova 4-6 6-2 6-4;
– quarter final lost to Barbora Strycova 7-6(5) 6-1
Harriet Dart (WC) – 1st round beat Christina McHale 4-6 6-4 6-4;
– 2nd round beat Beatriz Haddad Maia 7-6(4) 3-6 6-1;
– 3rd round lost to Ashleigh Barty 6-1 6-1
Heather Watson – 1st round beat Caty McNally 7-6(3) 6-2;
– 2nd round v lost to Anett Kontaveit 7-5 6-1
Katie Swan (WC) – 1st round lost to Laura Siegemund 6-2 6-4

Dan Evans – 1st round beat Federico Delbonis 6-3 7-6(5) 6-3;
– 2nd round beat Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3 6-2 7-6(2);
– 3rd round lost to Joao Sousa 4-6 6-4 7-5 4-6 6-4
Cameron Norrie
 – 1st round beat Denis Istomin 6-2 6-4 6-4;
– 2nd round lost to Kei Nishikori 6-4 6-4 6-0
Kyle Edmund (30) – 1st round beat Jaume Munar 6-4 6-4 6-4;
– 2nd round lost to Fernando Verdasco 4-6 4-6 7-6(3) 6-3 6-4
Paul Jubb (WC) – 1st round lost to Joao Sousa 6-0 6-3 6(8)-7 6-1
James Ward (WC) – 1st round lost to Nikoloz Basilashvili 2-6 4-6 6-4 6-4 8-6

Results and schedule updated at the end of each day.
Scroll down for our preview and draw analysis following details of the television coverage.


Television coverage

Live coverage will be on BBC One and BBC Two in HD. The BBC Red Button 🔴 will have up to 6 matches available on terrestrial, cable and satellite, with one of these in HD on satellite and cable. Centre Court matches will again be available in UHD via BBC iPlayer and the red button. Every court will be available to watch in HD for the first time on the BBC Sport website and through the BBC Sport app, and on the BBC iPlayer for 30 days.

Sue Barker will anchor the coverage across BBC One and BBC Two, with analysis from John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Boris Becker, Billie Jean King, Pat Cash, Tracy Austin, Kim Clijsters and Tim Henman.

In addition to the above, the commentary team is made up of Vijay Amritraj, Chris Bradnam, James Burridge, Andrew Castle, Matt Chilton, Andrew Cotter, Annabel Croft, Nick Lester, Todd Woodbridge, Jo Durie, Peter Fleming, Paul Hand, John Inverdale, John Lloyd, Dan Lobb, Ronald McIntosh, David Mercer, Nick Mullins, Peter Odgers, Mark Petchey, Louise Pleming, Simon Reed, Chanda Rubin, Gigi Salmon, Sam Smith, Liz Smylie and Mel South.

Lee McKenzie, Rishi Persad, Reshmin Chowdhury, Patrick Gearey and Simon Mundie will provide reports and features.

Start times for each day’s coverage are shown below. On most days coverage begins on BBC Two with BBC One joining after the BBC News at One.

singles first round
Mon 1 Jul 10:30
13:45
BBC Two
BBC One
Tue 2 Jul 11:00
13:45
BBC Two
BBC One
singles second round
doubles first round
Wed 3 Jul 11:00
13:00
13:45
BBC One
BBC Two
BBC One
Thu 4 Jul 11:00
13:45
BBC Two
BBC One
singles first round
doubles second round
Fri 5 Jul 11:00
13:45
BBC Two
BBC One
Sat 6 Jul 11:00
12:20
17:15
BBC Two
BBC One
BBC One
Sun 7 Jul no play scheduled for middle Sunday
singles fourth round
doubles third round
Mon 8 Jul 10:30
13:45
BBC Two
BBC One
women’s singles quarter-finals
men’s doubles quarter-finals
Tue 9 Jul 12:30
13:45
BBC Two
BBC One
men’s singles quarter-finals
women’s doubles quarter-finals
Wed 10 Jul 12:15
13:00
13:45
BBC One
BBC Two
BBC One
women’s singles semi-finals
men’s doubles semi-finals
Thu 11 Jul 12:30
13:45
BBC Two
BBC One
men’s singles semi-finals
women’s doubles semi-finals
Fri 12 Jul 12:30
13:45
BBC Two
BBC One
women’s singles final
men’s/women’s doubles finals
Sat 13 Jul 11:00
13:00
13:45
18:30
BBC Two
BBC One
Eurosport 2
BBC Two
men’s singles final
mixed doubles final
Sun 14 Jul 11:00
13:00
13:45
18:30
BBC Two
BBC One
Eurosport 2
BBC Two

Live coverage each evening is subject to change depending on the success of British players as in previous years when coverage has continued on BBC One past 18:00, so stay in touch with @tennisontelly on twitter for the latest updates.

Clare Balding will present daily highlights in Today at Wimbledon, which comes live from the open air studio by Henman Hill daily on BBC Two.

Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid won the men’s wheelchair doubles in 2018.

All doubles and wheelchair finals will be on BBC One or Two also in addition to the men’s and women’s singles finals.

Eurosport will have nightly highlights and will also show the men’s and women’s singles finals live.

Radio coverage

📻 BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra will have commentary every day throughout The Championships. Gigi Salmon and Tony Livesey host the coverage on Radio 5 Live, with analysis from Marion Bartoli, Pat Cash, Kim Clijsters, Laura Robson, Leon Smith, Chanda Rubin, Annabel Croft, Miles Maclagan, Mark Woodforde and Jeff Tarango. John McEnroe returns to present his 5 Live show on both Thursdays with listeners getting the chance to have their say. 5 Live’s commentary team is led by tennis correspondent Russell Fuller, along with Gigi Salmon, David Law, Naomi Cavaday, Jonathan Overend, Iain Carter, and Alastair Eykyn.


Draw Preview

Monday’s Centre Court action begins with defending men’s singles champion Novak Djokovic against Philipp Kohlschrieber. Tuesday will see Angelique Kerber play fellow German Tatjana Maria play first on Centre court.

Kyle Edmund and Heather Watson are the only players who will play on Monday, with the other Brits in singles starting their campaigns on Tuesday First we’ll take a look at the draws, with particular emphasis on the Brits.

Men’s singles

Kyle Edmund reached the third round in 2018 where he was beaten by eventual champion Novak Djokovic.

British number one Kyle Edmund is the 30th seed in the top half of the men’s singles draw. Edmund will play his first match on Monday against Spaniard Jaume Munar, ranked 88, who he has never played before. He is likely to play Fernando Verdasco in the second round and if he can get past 7th seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third, he could then play Daniil Medvedev or David Goffin – the other seeded players in this section – in the fourth round. Some of the more likely quarter-finalists in this part of the draw are last year’s finalist Kevin Anderson, Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic and Alexander Zverev. Edmund can’t meet top seed Novak Djokovic until the semi-finals.

Cameron Norrie has a first meeting with world number 109 Denis Istomin on Tuesday and he’s likely to play Kei Nishikori in the second round. Alex de Minaur is a potential third round opponent, and John Isner is in this section. This is second seed Roger Federer’s quarter of the draw.

Dan Evans and James Ward could meet in the second round. Evans plays world number 76 Federico Delbonis but it’s a tougher ask for Ward against 18th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili. Rising star and NCAA champion Paul Jubb is also in this part of the draw but has to pass 66th ranked Joao Sousa and probably 13th seed Marin Cilic to set up an unlikely but possible all-Brit third round. This is Rafael Nadal’s section of the draw and Dominic Thiem is the most likely quarter finalist for Nadal, or anyone who can get past him.

Jay Clarke plays qualifier Noah Rubin for the first time. The American is ranked 183, not far below Clarke at 166, and the winner there will probably get Roger Federer in the second round.

Men’s doubles

There are seven all-Brit doubles teams and four more Brits partnering players from other countries. Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski are seeded 10th and there’s a potential third round meeting with brother Andy Murray who partners Pierre-Hugues Herbert. Wildcards were given to Evan Hoyt and Luke Johnson, who could become Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski’s second round opponents. Cameron Norrie and Jaume Munar play Dominic Inglot an Austin Krajicek in the first round. Dan Evans and Lloyd Glasspool could meet Liam Broady and Scott Clayton in the second round if both teams win their firsts.

In the bottom half of the men’s doubles draw Jay Clarke and James Ward will play Ken Skupski and Australian John-Patrick Smith in the first round. Luke Bambridge and Jonny O’Mara could play them in the third, and Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram are 12th seeds in this section. A wildcard has been awarded to last year’s junior singles finalist Jack Draper and Paul Judd, but they have drawn second seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the first round.

Women’s singles

Johanna Konta is the 19th seed and in the first round will play Romanian qualifier Ana Bogdan, who she beat on her run to the Rabat final in April. Her second round would be against Ekaterina Alexandrova or Katerina Siniakova, and she is likely to face Sloane Stephens in the third. This is Petra Kvitova’s quarter and if seeds come through, the quarter finalist would be Kiki Bertens.

Katie Swan reached the second round at Wimbledon last year.

Katie Swan is in Bertens’ section, and plays world number 84 Laura Siegemund for the first time, looking to then face the winner of Barbora Strycova v Lesia Tsurenko. The winner of that second round match is likely to play Bertens, and Wang Qiang is also in this section.

Harriet Dart is also in the top half of the draw, and has drawn lucky loser Christina McHale of the USA. The winner of that one should play 2017 champion Garbine Muguruza in the second round, with world number 1 Ashleigh Barty in the third. This section of the draw also contains Nottingham finalist Donna Vekic. Seven-time champion Serena Williams and 2018 title holder Angelique Kerber are potential quarter finalists for Barty assuming she is undefeated in her section.

Heather Watson is in the bottom half of the draw and will play qualifier Caty McNally on Monday. The winner here will play Shelby Rogers who has returned from injury, or 20th seed Estonian Anett Kontaveit. 16th seed Marketa Vondrousova is a potential third round opponent and the section contains Hsieh Su-Wei and Jelena Ostapenko – who play each other in the first round – and third seed Karolina Pliskova. Seeded players in the other section of this quarter are Elina Svitolina, Maria Sakkari, Petra Martic and Anastasija Sevastosa.

Second seed Naomi Osaka plays Yulia Putintseva in the first round – a rematch from Birmingham in which the now world number 2 lost. Caroline Wozniacki, Simona Halep and Aryna Sabalenka are also in this quarter which contains the first round match between Americans Venus Williams and Cori Gauff – the oldest and youngest players in the women’s competition.

The WTA number 1 singles ranking is on the line at Wimbledon with Osaka, Pliskova, Bertens and Kvitova all in contention to take the top spot from Barty at Wimbledon.

Women’s doubles

There are no Brits seeded in the women’s doubles draw. Heather Watson and Mandy Minella are in the same section as wildcards Naiktha Bains and Naomi Broady, who drew second seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Sinakova.

In the top half there is a possible unlikely second round match between British wildcard pairings, Harriet Dart and Katy Dunne could play Freya Christie and Katie Swan if they can get past the 9th seeded sisters Hao-Ching and Latisha Chan and Spanish pair Maria Martinez Sanches and Sara Sorribes Tormo respectively. Katy Dunne had to withdraw from singles qualifying through injury but hopes to still play doubles.

Sarah Beth Grey and Eden Silva will play Sorona Cirstea and Galian Voskoboeva in the first round. They are in the section of top seeds Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic.

The mixed doubles draw, juniors and wheelchair draws have yet to be made.


In addition to the live tennis, here are few other things to look out for over on TV this fortnight.

The BBC’s review of Wimbledon 2018 Review is on Sunday 30 June at 13:00 on BBC Two.

This is followed at 14:00 by Talking Tennis in which Alistair McGowan celebrates the annual Championships by highlighting some of the greatest tennis rivalries.

In John McEnroe: Still Rocking At 60 on Sunday 30 June at 22:30 on BBC One, Sue Barker presents an intimate profile of the tennis champion featuring contributions from family and friends. Sue pays a visit to McEnroe’s art gallery and examines how he has continued playing until the age of 60 after his retirement from the professional circuit. This is repeated on middle Sunday 7 July at 14:30 on BBC One.

BT Sport are showing finals from WTA tournaments so far this year every morning during the two weeks.