2006 Wimbledon Championships

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2006 Wimbledon Championships
Date26 June – 9 July
Federer Nadal trophy presentation 2006.jpg
CategoryGrand Slam (ITF)
Draw128S / 64D / 48XD
Prize money£10,378,710
LocationChurch Road
SW19, Wimbledon,
London, United Kingdom
VenueAll England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
Men's singles
Switzerland Roger Federer
Women's singles
France Amélie Mauresmo
Men's doubles
United States Bob Bryan / United States Mike Bryan
Women's doubles
China Yan Zi / China Zheng Jie
Mixed doubles
Israel Andy Ram / Russia Vera Zvonareva
Wheelchair men's doubles
Japan Shingo Kunieda / Japan Satoshi Saida
Boys' singles
Netherlands Thiemo de Bakker
Girls' singles
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki
Boys' doubles
United States Kellen Damico / United States Nathaniel Schnugg
Girls' doubles
Russia Alisa Kleybanova / Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Gentlemen's invitation doubles
Australia Todd Woodbridge / Australia Mark Woodforde
Ladies' invitation doubles
United States Rosalyn Nideffer / Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Senior gentlemen's invitation doubles
United States Kevin Curren / United States Johan Kriek
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The 2006 Wimbledon Championships was a tennis tournament played on grass courts at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London in the United Kingdom.[1][2] It was the 120th edition of the Wimbledon Championships and were held from 26 June to 9 July 2006. It was the third Grand Slam tennis event of the year.

Roger Federer won his fourth consecutive Wimbledon title, defeating Rafael Nadal in what was to be the first of three consecutive Wimbledon finals played between the pair. Venus Williams was unsuccessful in her title defence, losing in the third round against Jelena Janković. Amélie Mauresmo won her second Grand Slam title, and first and only Wimbledon title, defeating Justine Henin-Hardenne in the final in three sets. Mauresmo thus became the first Frenchwoman since 1925 to win the Wimbledon title.[3] It was Henin-Hardenne's second of three Grand Slam final defeats of 2006, having lost the 2006 Australian Open final to Mauresmo earlier in the year; on that occasion, Henin-Hardenne retired due to a stomach virus.

Notable stories[edit]

American performance and Serbian breakthrough[edit]

Jelena Janković knocked Venus Williams out of Wimbledon in the third round.

For the first time since 1911, no American player reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, and for the first time since the 1976 Australian Open, no American player reached a Grand Slam quarter-final.[4] Shenay Perry was the only American player to reach the fourth round; she was defeated 6–2, 6–0 by Elena Dementieva after losing the last ten games of the match.[5] Her defeat also meant that no American woman reached the Wimbledon final for the first time since 1998.

Venus Williams' third round defeat by Jelena Janković of Serbia (on its first Grand Slam appearance as a newly established independent nation from the former Serbia and Montenegro) caused the earliest exit by a defending women's champion at Wimbledon since Steffi Graf lost in the first round in 1994 and meant that neither of the Williams sisters (Serena Williams withdrew due to injury) would be represented in a Wimbledon final for the first time since 1999.[6] These championships were also the first to feature three Serbian players in the fourth round of any Grand Slam tournament: along with Janković, Ana Ivanovic[7] and Novak Djokovic[8] also reached the fourth round, the former losing to Amélie Mauresmo and the latter losing to Mario Ančić.

Li Na's run to the quarter-finals[edit]

China's Li Na became the first player from her country to ever be seeded or reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament. She upset the recent French Open finalist Svetlana Kuznetsova in the third round[9] and followed it up with a win over World No. 10 Nicole Vaidišová in the fourth round,[10] before losing her quarter-final to second seed Kim Clijsters.[11] Li would not reach another Grand Slam quarter-final until the 2009 US Open, where again she was defeated by Clijsters.[12]

Streaker incident[edit]

Midway during the ladies' quarter-final match between Maria Sharapova and Elena Dementieva, a streaker ran onto the Centre Court and interrupted the match, before ultimately being arrested and brought into custody by Wimbledon security guards.[13] The streaker was later revealed to be Dutch DJ Sander Lantinga, who carried out the stunt as part of the Dutch television show Try Before You Die.[14]

Point and prize money distribution[edit]

Point distribution[edit]

Below are the tables with the point distribution for each discipline of the tournament.

Senior points[edit]

Event W F SF QF Round of 16 Round of 32 Round of 64 Round of 128 Q Q3 Q2 Q1
Men's singles 1000 700 450 250 150 75 35 5 12 8 4 0
Men's doubles 0 0 0
Women's singles 650 456 292 162 90 56 32 2 30 21 12.5 4
Women's doubles 0 0 0