2003 Wimbledon Championships
|2003 Wimbledon Championships|
|Date||23 June - 6 July|
|Category||Grand Slam (ITF)|
London, United Kingdom
|Jonas Björkman / Todd Woodbridge|
|Kim Clijsters / Ai Sugiyama|
|Leander Paes / Martina Navratilova|
|Florin Mergea / Horia Tecău|
|Alisa Kleybanova / Sania Mirza|
The 2003 Wimbledon Championships was a tennis tournament played on the outdoor grass courts at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London in England. It was the 117th edition of the Wimbledon Championships and were held from 23 June to 6 July 2003. It was the third Grand Slam tennis event of the year.
Lleyton Hewitt was unsuccessful in his 2002 title defence, being upset in the first round by Grand Slam debutant Ivo Karlović. It was the first time in the Open Era history of Wimbledon that a defending champion had lost in the first round, the second time overall. This Wimbledon was notable for being Roger Federer's first grand slam victory when he defeated Mark Philippoussis in the final. This would be the first of five consecutive Wimbledon titles for Federer, and eight overall. Serena Williams successfully defended her 2002 title, defeating her sister Venus in the final for the second consecutive year.
- It was Federer's 5th title of the year, and his 9th overall. It was his 1st career Grand Slam title. He became the first Swiss male player to win a Grand Slam singles title. It was the first, in what was to become 5 consecutive Wimbledon titles, and 8 overall. It was also the first Grand Slam title of the 19 won by Federer through the course of his career, the most Grand Slam titles in the history of the men's game.
- It was Serena's 4th title of the year, and her 23rd overall. It was her 6th career Grand Slam title, and her 2nd at Wimbledon.
Broadcast coverage of the 2003 Championships was distributed to 159 territories worldwide and the tournament received more than 5,717 hours of coverage. This was an increase of 565 hours from the 2002 figure and surpassed all previous records for the event. The BBC transmitted 160 hours of coverage in the United Kingdom on BBC One and BBC Two. The official Championships website www.wimbledon.org received 242 million page views and 4.3 million visitors.
2003 French Open
|Grand Slams||Succeeded by
2003 US Open