Wimbledon 2018 is here. Arguably the biggest event of the season, the best of the best in the Tennis world are ready to assemble at the All England Club in London for the 142nd consecutive year and battle it out for the world's most prestigious trophy in the game. The two-week even will draw tennis fans' attention from nearly every country in the world.

Federer looks to continue magic

You can’t talk about tennis in 2018, especially Wimbledon, without starting with Roger Federer. According to an SB Nation report, Federer is an eight-time Wimbledon champion and is the current defending champion in this event.

Like Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Roger Federer seems to defy time.

Federer owned the grass courts of Wimbledon as he won the men’s title five years in a row from 2003-2007. After failing to win the title in 2008, he bounced back to reclaim the championship in 2009.

The current No. 2 player in the world claimed his seventh Wimbledon title in 2012, and No. 8 last year. If Federer can win the title this year, he will claim his first back-to-back championships at Wimbledon since 2006-2007, easily making him the most successful player to ever grace the courts of the All England Club.

Petra Kvitova, the feel-good story of Wimbledon

If you aren’t familiar with Petra Kvitova and her comeback story, you soon will be.

The Guardian indicates that Kvitova was the victim of a burglary in her home just over 18 months ago that resulted in her being stabbed and seriously injured. While the most important thing is that she survived, the two-time Wimbledon champion suffered severe injuries to her dominant left hand, and doctors feared she would never be the same on the court.

Miraculously, after a four-hour surgery and some serious rehab, Kvitova is not only doing fine, she is listed as the player to beat on the women’s side.

The favorites

Las Vegas oddsmakers have Roger Federer as the favorite to win the Men’s singles title at +150. The 36-year-old native of Basel, Switzerland may be hitting the twilight years of his career, but he has plenty left in the tank.

Right behind Federer is Rafael Nadal at +500 followed by Novak Djokovic at +650. Rounding out the top five contenders on the men’s side are Alexander Zverev (+800) and Andy Murray (+900).

As for the ladies, Petra Kvitova is the early favorite at +450 followed by Serena Williams at +500, Garbine Muguruza (+700), Simona Halep (+1000) and Angelique Kerber at +1100.

How to watch live

All of the action for the 2018 Wimbledon matches will kickoff Monday, July 2 and run through July 15 and you can catch every single shot thanks to the ESPN family of networks. According to SI, ESPN and ESPN2 will cover all of the action on the television side, while fans on the go can watch every match streaming live online through the Watch ESPN app.

Below is a breakdown for each day of the 2018 Wimbledon schedule.

July dates

  • 2nd-3rd: First round, 7AM ET, ESPN/Watch ESPN
  • 4th-5th: Second round, 7AM ET, ESPN/Watch ESPN
  • 6th-7th: Third round, 7AM. ET, ESPN/Watch ESPN
  • 8th: Off day
  • 9th: Round of 16 Centre Court, 7AM ET ESPN; Round of 16 Court 1 and other courts, 7AM, ESPN2/Watch ESPN
  • 10th: Women's Quarterfinals Centre Court, 8AM ET ESPN; Women's Quarterfinals Court 1, 8AM ET, ESPN2/Watch ESPN
  • 11th: Men's Quarterfinals Centre Court, 8AM ET ESPN; Men's Quarterfinals Court 1, 8AM ET, ESPN2/Watch ESPN
  • 12th: Women's Semifinals, 8AM ET, ESPN/Watch ESPN
  • 13th: Men's Semifinals, 8AM ET, ESPN/Watch ESPN
  • 14th: Women's Final, Men's Doubles Final, Women's Doubles Final, 9AM ET, ESPN/Watch ESPN
  • 15th: Men's Final, Mixed Doubles Final, 9AM ET, ESPN/Watch ESPN