Tomorrow sees the start of this year’s Wimbledon Championships and a return to the famous grass courts of the All England Club of former British number one and two-time singles champion Andy Murray.
Murray, 32 will return to Wimbledon to play in the doubles (men’s and maybe mixed) after missing the 2018 Championships with an ongoing hip injury. The Scot, who announced that he may have to retire after this years event, is now playing pain free after having a hip resurfacing operation five months ago.
Other British hopes lie with British number one Johanna Konta and Kyle Edmund, who followed Murray as British number one last year, is seeded 30th seed at Wimbledon this year. British wildcards include Jay Clarke, James Ward and Paul Jubb in the men’s draw and Heather Watson, Harriet Dart and Katie Swan in the ladies event.
Defending champion and top seed Novak Djokovic will kick things off tomorrow on Centre Court at 1:00pm against Philipp Kohlschreiber from Germany. Tuesday will see the start of the women’s competition with last year’s winner Angelique Kerber on Centre at 1:00pm. French Open winner Rafael Nadal will be looking for his 19th Grand Slam title, Roger Federer is playing for his 21st title and Djokovic will be on sixteen titles if he wins this years Wimbledon crown. Collectively the top trio have won an impressive fifty-three of the past sixty-four major titles.
The women’s tournament is more unpredictable. Top seed is American Ashleigh Barty and fellow American is eleventh seed Serena Williams who will be bidding for her eighth Wimbledon title. An ongoing knee injury may scupper her chances to achieve an all-time record of twenty-four Grand Slam titles.
The 133rd Wimbledon Championships will take place from 1st – 14th July 2019 on the grass courts at SW19 – Visit www.wimbledon.com for all the news and up-to-date information.
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