Rafael Nadal hits a return at Wimbledon in 2019
Rafael Nadal, who has won the men's singles at the first two majors this year, is making his first appearance at Wimbledon since 2019
Venue: All England Club Dates: 27 June-10 July
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There is a stellar cast of aging greats assembled for what could be one of the final times at Wimbledon.

The All England Club is home to many of the world's biggest names, including Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.

Some emerging stars are playing.

The tournament will have a different feel because of the global crisis.

There are no ranking points for the players because Wimbledon, unlike its Grand Slam partners at the French Open and US Open, decided to ban Russian and Belarusian players from competing.

The man who is the world number one is absent because of the move.

With the 135th edition of the championships starting on Monday, the major talking points in SW19 are covered by the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Can Nadal battle the pain to continue his clean sweep?

Last year, Nadal thought his career was over because of a foot injury, but this year he has won the Australian and French Opens.

Shortly after winning a record-extending 22nd Grand Slam men's singles title in Paris, attention quickly turned to Wimbledon and whether Nadal could play.

The Spaniard had to have an operation to numb the pain at the French Open.

He decided to travel to London after having the treatment.

After playing an exhibition at the Hurlingham Club, Nadal headed to the All England Club and practiced on Centre Court.

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal shake hands at Wimbledon on Thursday
Nadal hit with Italy's Matteo Berrettini, last year's runner-up, on Centre Court and was followed on to the famous court by Djokovic, who practised with Croatia's Marin Cilic

If he were to win a seventh title, he would move into a tie with Pete Sampras for second place on the all-time list.

He needs a third surgery on his knee, so he's not playing.

The 40-year-old Swiss, who lost in the Wimbledon quarter-finals last year, plans to return to the court later this year at the Swiss Indoors tournament.

The battle to finish with the most majors is still going on, with Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Switzerland's Roger Federer tied for 20 Grand Slam titles.

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Novak Djokovic is the leading men's seed, followed by Rafael Nadal, Casper Ruud, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Carlos Alcaraz, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Hubert Hurkacz and Matteo Berrettini

Is this a comeback or farewell for Williams?

The All England Club is where Serena will play in the singles.

Williams, who has seven major titles and retired injured during her first-round match at Wimbledon last year, has been given a wild card to play in the tournament.

The American made her return to the tour in the doubles with Tunisia's Ons Jabeur.

She didn't know if this was the beginning of a longer comeback or a farewell tour after they won their first match.

She said she's taking it one day at a time.

The team won again on Wednesday, but pulled out of the semi-finals due to a knee injury.

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Will Britain's biggest two stars even play?

Wimbledon thrives more with the presence of some strong home hopes.

Murray and raducanu are the biggest stars. Both have had their preparations disrupted due to injury.

Two-time champion Murray has been hampered by an abdominal injury which he picked up in the final of the Stuttgart tournament.

Just as he was starting to look good on the grass courts, the former world number one was dealt another blow.

The injury is healing but not perfect.

I want to get to the start line in a good place and give myself the best chance to do well.

The 19-year-old is short of grass-court preparation because of a side problem.

She has had a number of niggling injuries which have disrupted her first full season on the tour.

Since her shock win at the US Open, the 10th seed has played just 16 matches this year, but she is still confident of playing at Wimbledon.

She had to retire from three matches because of injuries as she got to grips with the tour.

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Who are the emerging stars to succeed the old guard?

Swiatek won her sixth tournament in a row at the recent French Open and is currently the top ranked player on the tour. A 35- match winning streak has catapulted her to the top of the world rankings.

The void left by Ashleigh Barty was filled by the 21-year-old.

The reigning women's champion, Ash Barty, won the Wimbledon ladies singles title last year, meaning it is still to be determined who opens play on Centre Court on Tuesday.

She is one of the favorites behind Swiatek.

The Berlin grass-court title was won by the 27 year old.

She said she loves grass. My game works well for it.

A lot of players can be disturbed by the slices. You can't know if I'm hitting or changing the rhythm, so that's a big advantage for me.

Three weeks after losing to Swiatek in her first major final, Coco Gauff is tipped to go far again.

Anett Kontaveit has only won back-to-back matches once in the last year.

He lost in the first round of last year's Wimbledon and has never advanced past the third round.

Beatriz Haddad Maia is a name to watch after an incredible grass-court season in which she won two titles and reached the semi-finals at Eastbourne.

Iga Swiatek is the leading women's seed, followed by Anett Kontaveit, Ons Jabeur, Paula Badosa, Maria Sakkari, Karolina Pliskova, Danielle Collins and Jessica Pegula
Top seed Swiatek, who has won both of her major titles on the Paris clay, reached the fourth round at Wimbledon last year and was the junior champion in 2019

The second favourite in the men's draw is Matteo Berrettini of Italy, who is hoping to win his first major title.

The eighth seed's serve and powerful groundstrokes are well suited to the grass and, after coming back from hand surgery, has won nine matches in a row on the surface.

Spanish 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz is seen as a future multiple Grand Slam champion and could be a threat, while Poland's Hubert Hurkacz is aiming to match last year's run to the semi-finals.

Even though he reached the French Open final, he has only won two matches in his career and joked that he would rather play golf than tennis.

Fears Wimbledon would be an 'exhibition' prove unfounded

Wimbledon's decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from competing resulted in the stripping of ranking points from the players.

Naomi Osaka said it could leave the Grand Slam tournament feeling like an exhibition.

The Japanese star pulled out of the game due to an injury.

Many of the world's leading stars have not withdrawn because of the decision.

The men's and women's top 100 are going to play.

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The look of the seedings has been affected by the ban of Russian and Belarusian players.

Russian Andrey Rublev is not in the men's draw.

The world's second-ranked man is out with an ankle injury that he sustained in the French Open semifinals.

Aryna Sabalenka is the most notable absent.

Previously, past performances on the grass were taken into account in the seedings for Wimbledon.

What about the other Brits?

Norrie is the highest ranked British player and will be the ninth seed as he attempts to reach the second week of a Grand Slam.

The left-handed pitcher has never advanced beyond the third round of a major.

The only other British player at 28th is Dan Evans, who is the only one in the top 30.

There are five people with direct entry into the singles main draw.

The All England Club has given a number of British players a chance to play on the grass court.

The home interest in the doubles is led by world number one Joe Salisbury.

Four people lead the challenge in the wheelchair event.

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