Wimbledon
2014 Wimbledon champions Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova will hope to successfully defend their respective titles at the All-England club.Getty Images

With a summer heatwave quickly approaching which could reportedly see temperatures in the south-east of the country reach 30C, fans bearing lashings of strawberries and cream will flock to the All-England club as Wimbledon gets underway once again.

Where to watch

As ever, the BBC will be providing comprehensive daily coverage of Wimbledon across a variety of different platforms from Monday 29 June.

Viewers can catch the action from the year's third tennis grand slam on BBC One, BBC Two and on the red button as well as via the BBC Sport website. Five Live will also be providing live radio reports.

Preview

As the highlight of the short grass court season and the jewel of Britain's sporting summer, Wimbledon always attracts significant attention and this year will prove no different.

In the men's draw, the top-three ranked stars in Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray will once again be expected to lead the chase with 10th seed and two-time champion Rafael Nadal inevitably hoping to recover from his miserable recent spell to prove himself still capable of challenging for grand slams once again.

2014 winner Djokovic, who triumphed at the Australian Open in January, was surprisingly beaten by Stanislas Wawrinka in the final at Roland Garros earlier this month so will no doubt carry an extra fire into this tournament.

Last five finals
Men
2014Djokovic bt Federer6-76-47-65-76-4
2013Murray bt Djokovic6-47-56-4
2012Federer bt Murray4-67-56-36-4
2011Djokovic bt Nadal6-46-11-66-3
2010Nadal bt Berdych6-37-56-4
Women
2014Kvitova bt Bouchard6-36-0
2013Bartoli bt Lisicki6-16-4
2012S Williams bt Radwanska6-15-76-2
2011Kvitova bt Sharapova6-36-4
2010S Williams bt Zvonareva6-36-2

Much expectation will again fall on the shoulders of Murray as the home favourite, and he has looked in good form of late having produced his best ever series of performances on clay as well as beating Kevin Anderson to capture a record-tying fourth Aegon Championship title at Queen's.

Serena Williams was dominant at the French Open and looks a great bet for further success, although Petra Kvitova will be expected to provide a staunch defence of her title despite recently suffering from illness.

Third seed Simona Halep should provide a threat, but Maria Sharapova, who faces Britain's Johanna Konta in the first round, will likely need to end her dismal record against Serena in order to reign supreme at Wimbledon for the first time in 11 years. Heather Watson has not enjoyed the best build-up with a troublesome elbow problem sparking fears over her involvement.

Laura Robson, meanwhile, has been handed a wildcard entry following 17 months out with a wrist injury.

Prediction

Still smarting from his shock defeat at Roland Garros, expect Novak Djokovic to avenge that result with another display of dominance resulting in him capturing a third Wimbledon men's title.

Serena Williams will stay on course for a calendar Grand Slam and become holder of all four major titles if she triumphed at SW19.

Number two seed and defending champion Petra Kvitova should not be ruled out, of course, but it would be unwise to bet against the rested American to win it all once again.

Selected first-round matches

Novak Djokovic v Philipp Kohlschreiber

Andy Murray v Mikhail Kukushkin

Roger Federer v Damir Dzumhur

Rafael Nadal v Thomaz Bellucci

Stan Wawrinka v Joao Sousa

Kei Nishikori v Simone Bolelli

Jarkko Nieminen v Lleyton Hewitt

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v Gilles Muller

Daniel Gimeno v Milos Raonic

Tomas Berdych v Jeremy Chardy

Serena Williams v Margarita Gasparyan

Madison Brengle v Venus Williams

Anett Kontaveit v Victoria Azarenka

Yifan Xu v Ana Ivanovic

Maria Sharapova v Johanna Konta

Kiki Bertens v Petra Kvitova

Madison Keys v Stefanie Vogelie

Jana Cepelova v Simona Halep

Alison Riske v Lucie Safarova

Caroline Wozniacki v Saisai Zheng

Carla Suarez v Jelena Ostapenka

Carina Witthoft v Angelique Kerber

Caroline Garcia v Heather Watson

Evgeniya Rodina v Laura Robson

Odds

Sky Bet has Djokovic and Serena Williams as favourites, priced at 11/8 and 7/4 respectively.

Murray is at 5/2, with Federer next at 13/2 and fellow Swiss Wawrinka available at 16/1. Nadal is out at 20/1.

Kvitova, meanwhile, is at 4/1 with Sharapova priced at 9/1, Victoria Azarenka 16/1 and Halep level with 2013 finalist Sabine Lisicki at 18/1.