Tennis fans are geared up for the world’s most prestigious grass court tournament as Wimbledon starts on Monday (27th June). British number and 2013 champion Andy Murray has been named as second seed in this year’s tournament behind World Number One and three time winner Novak Djokovic. Fresh from his Queen’s Club victory last Sunday where he beat two Brits in the run up to the final, Murray will face another Brit in his first round match in the men’s singles in the form of wildcard Liam Broady.
Fellow Brit and wildcard James Ward faces a tough opening match against defending champion Djokovic on centre court. Kyle Edmund, who Murray beat in the quarters at Queen’s will play Adrian Mandarin from France and Aljaz Bedene (who Murray also defeated at Queen’s) will play 2015 Wimbledon semi-finalist Richard Gasquet also from France in his opening match. Murray who is playing in the bottom half of the draw has a favourable run to the final if he progresses as expected, not facing either Djokovic or third seed and seven-time champion Roger Federer until the final. Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Gasquet are the highest seeds in Murray’s part of the draw. Other Brits in the draw are Dan Evans who faces Jan Lennard Struff, Brydan Klein against Nicolas Mahut and Alex Ward who will meet eleventh seed David Goffin.
In the women’s singles, British number one and sixteenth seed Johanna Konta faces Monica Puig from Puerto Rica, while British number two Heather Watson starts her 2016 campaign against Annika Beck. Like Ward in the men’s event Laura Robson has a tricky first round match against current Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber. Robson did beat Kerber at Wimbledon in 2011 but has lost two matches against her since. Naomi Broady will play seventeenth seed Elina Svitolina, Katie Swan faces Timea Babos and Tara Moore is up against Alison van Uytvanck. Defending champion and top seed Serena Williams will open play against a so far unnamed qualifier.
In other British tennis news Jamie Murray, 30 was awarded an OBE for his services to tennis and charity. Currently ranked second in the Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings and Australian Open champion with partner Bruno Soares, the duo have been ranked as third seeds in this year’s Wimbledon draw.
Wimbledon 2016 runs from Monday 27th June until Sunday 10th July. For more information, live updates, scores and results visit www.wimbledon.com
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