Andy Murray Faces Fellow Brit In First Round Of Wimbledon
The 130th edition of Wimbledon kicks off on Monday, or serves off if you will, with Britain's Andy Murray attempting to become only the 11th multiple time men's champion at the All England Club in the open era and Novak Djokovic attempting to become the fourth man to win more the three titles in the same era.
The two men have become dominant in the tennis world and their rivalry has taken over from the one that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal took part in before them. Feder still lurks at third in the world and only a fool would write him off becoming an 18 time Grand Slam champion however Nadal misses the tournament through injury.
Top seed Djokovic will face British number five James Ward in the first round and could face another Brit in the form of 21 year old Kyle Edmund in the second round. Edmund recently impressed at Queen's beating Gilles Simon and taking a set off Andy Murray.
Murray, who is back alongside coach Ivan Lendl, also opens against another Brit in Liam Broady, the pair have never faced each other before and the world number 234 is receiving a wild card into the tournament. The good news for the world number two is that he can't play Djokovic or Federer until the final with that pair due to face in the semi-finals if all goes to ranking.
The Scot's first big test is likely to be in round four when he would come up against controversial Australian Nick Kyrgios, his quarter final opponent could then be Richard Gasquet and finally he may face Swiss star Stan Wawrinka in the semis.
In the women's draw Serena Williams has to wait for the qualifiers to be sorted to find out her first round opponent and would be due to play third seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the semi final, a woman who has never beaten her in 10 attempts including the 2012 Wimbledon final. Before she gets there she may have to beat home favourite Heather Watson.
The woman who beat Williams in the French Open final, Garbine Muguruza, is in the same side of the group as Australian Open champion Angela Kerber and the German opens her campaign against Laura Robson who, having returned from a two year injury recently, seems unable to catch a break.
Johanna Konta carries the home hopes in the ladies' draw and the 18th seeds starts against Puerto Rican Monica Puig.
Nadal's absence continues his poor run at SW19 where, since being a beaten finalist in 2011, he has been knocked out in the second, first, fourth and second round in the last five years respectively.