The 2012 Wimbledon Championships took place at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom, from 25 June to 8 July 2012. They were the 126th championships, and the third Grand Slam tournament of the year, played on grass courts and part of the ATP World Tour, the WTA Tour, the ITF Junior Tour and the NEC Tour. They were organised by the All England Lawn Tennis Club and the International Tennis Federation.
Both Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitová were unsuccessful in their 2011 title defences, both being defeated by the eventual champions: Djokovic to Roger Federer in the semi-finals and Kvitová to Serena Williams in the quarter-finals. In four sets, Federer defeated Andy Murray (who became the first male singles British Wimbledon finalist in the open era) to win a record-equalling seventh Wimbledon title. Williams defeated first-time Wimbledon finalist, Agnieszka Radwańska in three sets, to equal her sister Venus in winning five Wimbledon titles. Both Federer and Williams were more than 30 years old at the time of their victories. With the victories, Federer reclaimed the World No.1 ranking for the first time since June 2010, thus allowing him to equal, then break, the all-time record of most weeks ranked World No.1 held by Pete Sampras.
On 28 June:
World No. 100 Lukáš Rosol upsets World No. 2 and two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal in five sets.
On 30 June:
Marin Čilić beat Sam Querrey 7–6(8–6), 6–4, 6–7(2–7), 6–7(3–7), 17–15. At 5 hours and 31 minutes, it was the second longest match in Wimbledon history.
Yaroslava Shvedova became the first player in a Grand Slam tournament to win a golden set. She beat 2012 French Open finalist Sara Errani 6–0, 6–4.
Andy Murray and Marcos Baghdatis finished play at 11:02 pm, the latest-ever finish to a match at Wimbledon.
On 5 July, Agnieszka Radwańska became the first Pole, male or female, to reach a Grand Slam singles final in Open Era.
On 6 July, Murray became the first British man in 74 years to reach the singles final. He defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semi-final.
Jonathan Marray and Frederik Nielsen became the first Wildcard to win the Gentlemen's doubles, beating both of the previous year's finalists along the way.
On 7 July, Serena Williams won her fifth Wimbledon title, tying her sister Venus in doing so.
On 8 July, Roger Federer achieved a record-tying 7th singles title at Wimbledon, tied with Pete Sampras (Open Era) and William Renshaw (Closed Era).
For 2012, the prize money purse was increased to £16,060,000 from £14,600,000 in 2011. The prize money and points breakdown is as follows:
Below is a table charting the points that are available to the boys and girls in singles and doubles play.
* per team
Gentlemen's SinglesLadies' Singles
Roger Federer defeated Andy Murray, 4–6, 7–5, 6–3, 6–4.It was Federer's 5th title of the year and 1st Grand Slam title of the year. It was his 7th Wimbledon title, 17th Grand Slam title and 75th career title.
Serena Williams defeated Agnieszka Radwańska, 6–1, 5–7, 6–2It was Williams' 3rd title of the year and 1st Grand Slam title of the year. It was her 5th Wimbledon title, 14th Grand Slam title, and 42nd career title.
Jonathan Marray / Frederik Nielsen defeated Robert Lindstedt / Horia Tecău, 4–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–5), 6–7(5–7), 6–3
Serena Williams / Venus Williams defeated Andrea Hlaváčková / Lucie Hradecká, 7–5, 6–4This was the Williams Sisters' 13th Grand Slam title.
Mike Bryan / Lisa Raymond defeated Leander Paes / Elena Vesnina, 6–3, 5–7, 6–4
Filip Peliwo defeated Luke Saville, 7–5, 6–4
Eugenie Bouchard defeated Elina Svitolina, 6–2, 6–2
Andrew Harris / Nick Kyrgios defeated Matteo Donati / Pietro Licciardi, 6–2, 6–4
Eugenie Bouchard / Taylor Townsend defeated Belinda Bencic / Ana Konjuh, 6–4, 6–3
Greg Rusedski / Fabrice Santoro defeated Thomas Enqvist / Mark Philippoussis, 6–7(3–7), 6–4, [11–9]
Lindsay Davenport / Martina Hingis defeated Martina Navratilova / Jana Novotná, 6–3, 6–2
Pat Cash / Mark Woodforde defeated Jeremy Bates / Anders Järryd, 6–3, 6–4
Tom Egberink / Michael Jeremiasz defeated Robin Ammerlaan / Ronald Vink, 6–4, 6–2
Jiske Griffioen / Aniek van Koot defeated Lucy Shuker / Jordanne Whiley, 6–1, 6–2
The following are the seeded players and notable players who withdrew from the event.
The Gentlemen's singles seeds is arranged on a surface-based system to reflect more accurately the individual player's grass court achievement as per the following formula:Take ESP points at 18 June 2012
Add 100% points earned for all grass court tournaments in the past 12 months
add 75% points earned for best grass court tournament in the 12 months before that.
For the Ladies' singles seeds, the seeding order follows the ranking list, except where in the opinion of the Committee, the grass court credentials of a particular player necessitates a change in the interest of achieving a balanced draw.
Below are the lists of the wild card awardees entering in the main draws.
- Ross Hutchins / Heather Watson
- Dominic Inglot / Laura Robson
- Jonathan Marray / Anne Keothavong
- Kenneth Skupski / Melanie South