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The Championships: All the Wimbledon singles winners

Roger Federer sits atop the tree of Wimbledon singles winners ahead of every other man in history and is seeded second for the 2019 Championships, he needs another win to match Women’s singles record holder Martina Navratilova’s nine.

The early Championships were dominated by players from the United Kingdom, it wasn’t until 1905 when American woman May Sutton became the first non-UK winner. In 1907, Norman Brookes of Australia became the first man from outside of the United Kingdom to win the Championships.

One of Wimbledon’s longest standing records belongs to William Renshaw who won six successive Championships between 1881 and 1886. Bjorn Borg and Roger Federer share the longest winning streak in the professional era, the Swede and the Swiss claiming five-in-a-row.

There aren’t any Wimbledon singles winners who can boast the record of Navratilova who also won six successive championships from 1982 to 1987.

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Martina Navratilova receiving the Ladies Singles Trophy from the Duchess of Kent after winning at Wimbledon. (Photo by Mike Stephens/Central Press/Getty Images)

There have been no South African winners of Wimbledon though Kevin Anderson was last year’s beaten finalist and Sandra Reynolds lost the 1960 Ladies Singles final to Brazil’s Maria Bueno.

In 1968 Wimbledon opened its doors to professional players paving the way for the return of Australian tennis legend Rod Laver, who won two titles as an amateur and another two as a professional.

Federer is one of just six men to win the Championships without dropping a set, he achieved the feat in 2017 to emulate the likes of Don Budge and Borg.

Wimbledon singles winners

1877Spencer W. Gore (U.K.)
1878Frank Hadow (U.K.)
1879John T. Hartley (U.K.)
1880John T. Hartley (U.K.)
1881Willie Renshaw (U.K.)
1882Willie Renshaw (U.K.)
1883Willie Renshaw (U.K.)
1884Willie Renshaw (U.K.)Maud Watson (U.K.)
1885Willie Renshaw (U.K.)Maud Watson (U.K.)
1886Willie Renshaw (U.K.)Blanche Bingley (U.K.)
1887Herbert Lawford (U.K.)Charlotte Dod (U.K.)
1888Ernest Renshaw (U.K.)Charlotte Dod (U.K.)
1889Willie Renshaw (U.K.)Blanche Bingley Hillyard (U.K.)
1890Wiloby Hamilton (U.K.)Helena Rice (U.K.)
1891Wilifred Baddeley (U.K.)Charlotte Dod (U.K.)
1892Wilifred Baddeley (U.K.)Charlotte Dod (U.K.)
1893Joshua Pim (U.K.)Charlotte Dod (U.K.)
1894Joshua Pim (U.K.)Blanche Hillyard (U.K.)
1895Wilifred Baddeley (U.K.)Charlotte Cooper (U.K.)
1896Harold Mahony (U.K.)Charlotte Cooper (U.K.)
1897Reggie Doherty (U.K.)Blanche Hillyard (U.K.)
1898Reggie Doherty (U.K.)Charlotte Cooper (U.K.)
1899Reggie Doherty (U.K.)Blanche Hillyard (U.K.)
1900Reggie Doherty (U.K.)Blanche Hillyard (U.K.)
1901Arthur Gore (U.K.)Charlotte Cooper Sterry (U.K.)
1902Laurie Doherty (U.K.)Muriel Robb (U.K.)
1903Laurie Doherty (U.K.)Dorothea Douglass (U.K.)
1904Laurie Doherty (U.K.)Dorothea Douglass (U.K.)
1905Laurie Doherty (U.K.)May Sutton (U.S.)
1906Laurie Doherty (U.K.)Dorothea Douglass (U.K.)
1907Norman Brookes (Austl.)May Sutton (U.S.)
1908Arthur Gore (U.K.)Charlotte Cooper Sterry (U.K.)
1909Arthur Gore (U.K.)Dora Boothby (U.K.)
1910Tony Wilding (N.Z.)Dorothea Douglass Lambert Chambers (U.K.)
1911Tony Wilding (N.Z.)Dorothea Douglass Lambert Chambers (U.K.)
1912Tony Wilding (N.Z.)Ethel Larcombe (U.K.)
1913Tony Wilding (N.Z.)Dorothea Douglass Lambert Chambers (U.K.)
1914Norman Brookes (Austl.)Dorothea Douglass Lambert Chambers (U.K.)
1915–18not held
1919Gerald Patterson (Austl.)Suzanne Lenglen (France)
1920Bill Tilden (U.S.)Suzanne Lenglen (France)
1921Bill Tilden (U.S.)Suzanne Lenglen (France)
1922Gerald Patterson (Austl.)Suzanne Lenglen (France)
1923Bill Johnston (U.S.)Suzanne Lenglen (France)
1924Jean Borotra (France)Kitty McKane (U.K.)
1925René Lacoste (France)Suzanne Lenglen (France)
1926Jean Borotra (France)Kitty McKane Godfree (U.K.)
1927Henri Cochet (France)Helen Wills (U.S.)
1928René Lacoste (France)Helen Wills (U.S.)
1929Henri Cochet (France)Helen Wills (U.S.)
1930Bill Tilden (U.S.)Helen Wills Moody (U.S.)
1931Sidney Wood (U.S.)Cilly Aussem (Ger.)
1932Ellsworth Vines (U.S.)Helen Wills Moody (U.S.)
1933Jack Crawford (Austl.)Helen Wills Moody (U.S.)
1934Fred Perry (U.K.)Dorothy Round (U.K.)
1935Fred Perry (U.K.)Helen Wills Moody (U.S.)
1936Fred Perry (U.K.)Helen Jacobs (U.S.)
1937Don Budge (U.S.)Dorothy Round (U.K.)
1938Don Budge (U.S.)Helen Wills Moody (U.S.)
1939Bobby Riggs (U.S.)Alice Marble (U.S.)
1940–45not held
1946Yvon Petra (France)Pauline Betz (U.S.)
1947Jack Kramer (U.S.)Margaret Osborne (U.S.)
1948Bob Falkenburg (U.S.)Louise Brough (U.S.)
1949Ted Schroeder (U.S.)Louise Brough (U.S.)
1950Budge Patty (U.S.)Louise Brough (U.S.)
1951Dick Savitt (U.S.)Doris Hart (U.S.)
1952Frank Sedgman (Austl.)Maureen Connolly (U.S.)
1953Viv Seixas (U.S.)Maureen Connolly (U.S.)
1954Jaroslav Drobny (Czech.)Maureen Connolly (U.S.)
1955Tony Trabert (U.S.)Louise Brough (U.S.)
1956Lew Hoad (Austl.)Shirley Fry (U.S.)
1957Lew Hoad (Austl.)Althea Gibson (U.S.)
1958Ashley Cooper (Austl.)Althea Gibson (U.S.)
1959Alejandro Olmedo (Peru)Maria Bueno (Braz.)
1960Neale Fraser (Austl.)Maria Bueno (Braz.)
1961Rod Laver (Austl.)Angela Mortimer (U.K.)
1962Rod Laver (Austl.)Karen Susman (U.S.)
1963Chuck McKinley (U.S.)Margaret Smith (Austl.)
1964Roy Emerson (Austl.)Maria Bueno (Braz.)
1965Roy Emerson (Austl.)Margaret Smith (Austl.)
1966Manolo Santana (Spain)Billie Jean King (U.S.)
1967John Newcombe (Austl.)Billie Jean King (U.S.)
Wimbledon singles winners – Open Era
1968*Rod Laver (Austl.)Billie Jean King (U.S.)
1969Rod Laver (Austl.)Ann Jones (U.K.)
1970John Newcombe (Austl.)Margaret Smith Court (Austl.)
1971John Newcombe (Austl.)Evonne Goolagong (Austl.)
1972Stan Smith (U.S)Billie Jean King (U.S.)
1973Jan Kodes (Czech.)Billie Jean King (U.S.)
1974Jimmy Connors (U.S.)Chris Evert (U.S.)
1975Arthur Ashe (U.S.)Billie Jean King (U.S.)
1976Bjorn Borg (Swed.)Chris Evert (U.S.)
1977Bjorn Borg (Swed.)Virginia Wade (U.K.)
1978Bjorn Borg (Swed.)Martina Navratilova (Czech.)
1979Bjorn Borg (Swed.)Martina Navratilova (Czech.)
1980Bjorn Borg (Swed.)Evonne Goolagong Cawley (Austl.)
1981John McEnroe (U.S.)Chris Evert Lloyd (U.S.)
1982Jimmy Connors (U.S.)Martina Navratilova (U.S.)
1983John McEnroe (U.S.)Martina Navratilova (U.S.)
1984John McEnroe (U.S.)Martina Navratilova (U.S.)
1985Boris Becker (W.Ger.)Martina Navratilova (U.S.)
1986Boris Becker (W.Ger.)Martina Navratilova (U.S.)
1987Pat Cash (Austl.)Martina Navratilova (U.S.)
1988Stefan Edberg (Swed.)Steffi Graf (W.Ger.)
1989Boris Becker (W.Ger.)Steffi Graf (W.Ger.)
1990Stefan Edberg (Swed.)Martina Navratilova (U.S.)
1991Michael Stich (Ger.)Steffi Graf (Ger.)
1992Andre Agassi (U.S.)Steffi Graf (Ger.)
1993Pete Sampras (U.S.)Steffi Graf (Ger.)
1994Pete Sampras (U.S.)Conchita Martinez (Spain)
1995Pete Sampras (U.S.)Steffi Graf (Ger.)
1996Richard Krajicek (Neth.)Steffi Graf (Ger.)
1997Pete Sampras (U.S.)Martina Hingis (Switz.)
1998Pete Sampras (U.S.)Jana Novotna (Cz.Rep.)
1999Pete Sampras (U.S.)Lindsay Davenport (U.S.)
2000Pete Sampras (U.S.)Venus Williams (U.S.)
2001Goran Ivanisevic (Cro.)Venus Williams (U.S.)
2002Lleyton Hewitt (Austl.)Serena Williams (U.S.)
2003Roger Federer (Switz.)Serena Williams (U.S.)
2004Roger Federer (Switz.)Maria Sharapova (Russia)
2005Roger Federer (Switz.)Venus Williams (U.S.)
2006Roger Federer (Switz.)Amelie Mauresmo (France)
2007Roger Federer (Switz.)Venus Williams (U.S.)
2008Rafael Nadal (Spain)Venus Williams (U.S.)
2009Roger Federer (Switz.)Serena Williams (U.S.)
2010Rafael Nadal (Spain)Serena Williams (U.S.)
2011Novak Djokovic (Serbia)Petra Kvitova (Cz.Rep.)
2012Roger Federer (Switz.)Serena Williams (U.S.)
2013Andy Murray (U.K.)Marion Bartoli (France)
2014Novak Djokovic (Serbia)Petra Kvitova (Cz.Rep.)
2015Novak Djokovic (Serbia)Serena Williams (U.S.)
2016Andy Murray (U.K.)Serena Williams (U.S.)
2017Roger Federer (Switz.)Garbiñe Muguruza (Spain)
2018Novak Djokovic (Serbia)Angelique Kerber (Ger.)
*Open since 1968.

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