As always I shall focus far more on the men's side of things than the women's because personally I find it more enjoyable and for the most part quieter.
Naturally I am hoping that Rafa will win his third Wimbledon title, but I'm not actually holding out that much hope. Does he have a chance? Yes, of course he does and oddly enough (or not) I think he has a better chance here than he had at lifting the French Open for the tenth time. He couldn't meet his nemesis (Djokovic) until the final for one thing. However, hand on heart I actually think there are only two men with a real chance of winning this year: Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray.
As far as the draw goes it couldn't have turned out better if TPTB had organised it, because Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal are all in the same half of the draw and whilst Rafa has dropped down the rankings considerably he's still a huge draw to watch. Thus, TPTB must be so pleased that there are three chances of a stellar final between Djokovic and either Federer, Rafa or Andy. Warwrinka is in the same half of the draw as Novak, but he really hasn't got the greatest record on grass and went out rather tamely at Queen's a fortnight ago. However, he could go all the way; I don't expect it though.
Having said it's a dream come true draw as far as possible finals go, it is also a nightmare as far as court scheduling goes as Andy, Roger & Rafa would all normally, apart from one obligatory match, expect to play on/be wanted by fans to play on Centre Court. You can't fit three men's matches on Centre Court in one day - well not easily and not given they have to put at least one ladies' match on as well. So I know Rafa's ranking would say he shouldn't play on Centre I can't see the organisers doing that. I really don't envy them that every other day (well for as long as all three stay in) challenge.
As far as Brit hopes go, well we have Andy *Nods* Seriously, some of the other Brits have good chances of at least winning a match or two - James Ward has a jolly good chance now of getting through to the second round after my third favourite player (David Ferrer) whom he was due to meet in the first round tomorrow had to pull out injured *sniffles* However, do I see any Brit other than Andy being in week two? Sadly not.
As with the French Open (which of course I was wrong about) I do expect Novak to lift the trophy. I still think he's the man to beat.
Other men, apart from Rafa, Andy, Roger, Novak & Stan, on whom I shall be keeping an eye on are: Nick Kyrgios, Grigor Dimitrov, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Lleyton Hewitt, James Ward and any other Brits.
As far as the women's draw goes, I'd love to see Petra Kvitova lift the trophy again as she is probably my favourite female player at the moment; she has a game suited for grass and lovers it, but like so many players we can have two Petras, so we'll see. There are several other female players I'd more than happily see lift the trophy: Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic, Agnieszka Radwanska, Sabine Lisicki, Eugenie Bouchard and Jelena Jankovic, Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka plus of course any of the British girls - Heather Watson, Laura Robson, Johanna Konta for example, but I am trying to be realistic *g*
However, when it comes down to it I can't really see anyone other than Serena Williams winning *sighs* I'm sorry but I am not and never have been a Serena fan. I respect her talent - anyone would and happily admit she has a great game, but I don't actually like her. Having said that if there is likely to be a big upset I think it is more likely to happen on the women's side rather than the men's and it has happened before - last year for example.
Today last year's men's champion Novak Djokovic opens play on Centre Court, although it does start earlier on outside courts and Serena Williams is also in action as are several Brits, Stan Warwrinka (sans magic pants *g*) and a few up and coming younger male players whom I will be following this fortnight.
Bring it on *g*