It’s the most anticipated fortnight in British tennis and this year’s Wimbledon Championships promises not to disappoint. As crowds swarmed on SW19 yesterday on the first day of play they were excited to to be part of the most famous grass court tournament in the tennis calendar. Soaring temperatures don’t seem to be deterring tennis fans and so far the usual rain delays seem to be holding off. This year’s tournament will run until Sunday 12th July when the Men’s final will take place.
Proceedings got underway yesterday with world number one, top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic beginning his title defence with a straight-sets victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber from Germany 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in the opening match on Centre Court. Women’s defending champion Petra Kvitova cruised to an opening win today in her defence of the title earlier today against Kiki Bertens 6-1, 6-0.
Fresh from his Queens Club victory, all eyes are on British number one Andy Murray who hopes to recreate his Wimbledon success of 2012 again this year. As crowds gathered on Murray Mount this afternoon, Murray got off to a good start with a first round victory against Mikhail Kukushkin from Kazakhstan 6-4 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 but it was tougher than expected and he will now face Robin Hasse from Holland in the nest round on Thursday. He joins fellow Brits Liam Broady, Aljaz Bedene and James Ward in round two (it’s the first time since 2006 that four British men have made the second round). British number one Heather Watson defeated France’s Caroline Garcia 1-6, 6-3, 8-6 but unfortunately Laura Robson struggled to find her form on her comeback from injury saw her lose to Russia qualifier Evgeniya Rodina 6-4, 6-4.
Five-time champion and top seed Serena Williams beat newcomer Margarita Gasparyan 6-4, 6-1 after a shaky start. In shock news both Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard made early exits from this year’s tournament. Seven-time champion Roger Federer (2) won his match and two-time champion Rafael Nadal (10) also progressed. With temperatures expected to rocket to 35c today visitors can expected a good day of matches starting with Broady in action against David Goffin followed by Djokovic versus Jarkko Nieminen. Williams, Stan Wawrinka (4) and Maria Sharapova (4) are all also in action.
Wimbledon is one of only a few major UK sporting events where you can buy premium tickets on the day of play by joining the famous queue for the on-day sale of tickets at the Gate 3 turnstiles. Tickets are sold strictly on the basis of one per person queuing and payment is by cash only. A limited number of tickets are available daily for Centre Court, No.1 Court and No.2 Court, except for the last four days on Centre Court, when all are sold in advance. In addition, several thousand Grounds Passes are available each day at the turnstiles entitling use of unreserved seating and standing room on Courts No.3-19. Those looking to visit wimbledon this year but don’t already have tickets click here for Wimbledon’s guide to the queuing procedure in place at this year’s championships.
Queue information and all photos used courtesy of www.wimbledon.com