Follow all the action as Wimbledon gets underway with Novak Djokovic, Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray all in action on day one.
It was at Wimbledon last year that Djokovic equalled Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s men’s grand slam record of 20 titles with a victory over Matteo Berrettini, however, the Serbian has since fallen two behind the Spaniard. The No 1 seed at this year’s tournament due to the ban on Russian players, leaving Daniil Medvedev unable to compete, Djokovic will open the action on Centre Court against Soonwoo Kwon.
It will then be the turn of Emma Raducanu to make her Centre Court debut after her remarkable run to the fourth round at last year’s tournament. The US Open champion has shaken off injury concerns but faces a tricky opening match against world No 46 Alison van Uytvanck, who reached the fourth round herself in 2018.
Closing out the action will be Murray, who faces James Duckworth. Murray made it to the third round last year but was emphatically defeated by Denis Shapovalov and admitted afterwards that he was questioning his future. The 35-year-old comes into the slam in encouraging form though after reaching the final of the Stuttgart Open, with that run including victories over Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios. Elsewhere, Ons Jabeur, Carlos Alcaraz, Cameron Norrie, Heather Watson and Jodie Burrage are all in action on day one.
Follow all the latest updates, scores and results below:
Norrie* 0-0 Andujar
Norrie to serve the first game on the first set.
After an early fault, Norrie sends his second serve to Andujar’s backhand and the Spaniard fizzes his return down the middle of court but hits it too long.
Michael Jones27 June 2022 11:14
Norrie vs Andujar
Britain’s Cameron Norrie is expected to win this opening match but he won’t be underestimating Pablo Andujar who is a confident player on grass and very willing to come forward.
Norrie has won a couple of titles this year, the Delray Beach Open and the Lyon Open, and he would love to add a decent Wimbledon run to his achievement list.
Michael Jones27 June 2022 11:12
As we wait for Centre Court action to get started this afternoon we’ll follow Cameron Norrie’s progress as he takes on Pablo Andujar on Court 2.
The players have just headed out onto court and are about to get their warm-ups underway.
Michael Jones27 June 2022 11:07
Sally Bolton, chief executive of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, said organisers are expecting a “record crowd” this year because of play continuing throughout the whole 14 days for the first time.
She said: “It’s a hugely exciting day of tennis – what a way to start The Championships – masses to look forward to over the two weeks.
“(This is the) first year of permanent middle Sunday, so we are expecting a record crowd because of that. The history of why we didn’t use to play on middle Sunday was about the courts needing a rest.
“But as grass court technology care and attention has improved over many years, we arrived at a place where we believe that the courts – and particularly Centre Court because that’s the one that receives the majority of the wear – could withstand 14 days.
“We’re very confident it can and we’re very excited about adding the extra day, but particularly the extra day on a Sunday when we think about available audiences and we think about trying to take tennis to as many people as we can globally, it’s a really important part of our focus.”
Michael Jones27 June 2022 11:02
Today’s action on Centre Court starts at 1:30pm BST, with Court One beginning half an hour earlier at 1pm.
The rest of the courts we begin at 11:00am with British men’s no. 1 Cameron Norrie taking on Spain’s Pablo Andujar on Court 2. Norrie is seeded ninth for the tournament and is the odds on favourite to progress into the second round.
As it stands Norrie is 1/50 to defeat the Spaniard today with Andujar 13/1 to cause an upset.
Michael Jones27 June 2022 10:57
The two-time champion gave a positive assessment of his form and fitness having faced a race against time to recover from an abdominal strain suffered in the final of the ATP tournament in Stuttgart two weeks ago.
He was forced to pull out of the cinch Championships at Queen’s Club and was unable to practise at full tilt at the start of this week but has made encouraging progress since.
Michael Jones27 June 2022 10:54
Serena Williams joked she has put her ‘out of office’ on as she takes a break from her hectic off-court life to tread the lawns of Wimbledon once again.
Suspicions had been growing that the 23-time grand slam singles champion had effectively retired having not been seen on a tennis court since withdrawing in tears during her first-round match at the All England Club 12 months ago with a hamstring injury.
Williams’ prolific Instagram account has instead been full of her business ventures and showbiz lifestyle, with promotion of ‘King Richard’, the Oscar-winning film about her childhood, as well as her role as mother to four-year-old Olympia.
Michael Jones27 June 2022 10:48
Rafael Nadal gave a positive update about his fitness as he prepares to play at Wimbledon for the first time since 2019.
The Spaniard, who is bidding to win a third successive grand slam title and 23rd overall, was on crutches after the French Open because of his chronic foot problem but nerve treatment appears to have been successful.
“It’s obvious that, if I am here, it’s because things are going better,” said Nadal. “If not, I would not be here.
“So I’m quite happy about things, how they evolved. I can’t be super happy because I don’t know what can happen. But I only can speak about the feelings that I am having in the last two weeks.”
Michael Jones27 June 2022 10:42
Petra Kvitova insists Wimbledon will be a “totally different” challenge after surprising herself by storming to glory at the Rothesay International in Eastbourne.
Kvitova, a two-time winner at SW19, blitzed defending champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 6-2 to win the Devonshire Park title for the first time.
The 32-year-old had arrived in East Sussex short of form before warming up for the All England Club with a string of convincing victories culminating in a first grass-court final since 2018.
Kvitova said it was tough to compare her current shape to when she won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014 but admits anything is possible as she bids to end an eight-year wait for Grand Slam success.
Michael Jones27 June 2022 10:36
Between controversy and change, Wimbledon is set for a year like no other.
It’s easy to get the sense that nothing ever changes at Wimbledon. From the pristine grass to the strawberries and cream, the two weeks it spends at the heart of the British summer are reassuringly familiar. With the Championships returning in full bloom this year now all Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted, Andy Murray said he was looking forward to the first “normal” Wimbledon since 2019, but in actuality the All England Club are braced for a tournament like no other.
For an event that prides itself so highly on its history and tradition, change has the potential to be a little jarring. As Centre Court celebrates its 100th year, it will do so on the first full day of play on “Middle Sunday” in the tournament’s history, with Wimbledon falling in line with the other grand slams by offering 14 days of continuous action. The end of “Middle Sunday”, a day which was previously reserved to allow the schedule to catch up in case it was delayed by rain, will also have an impact on “Manic Monday” – the previously frantic afternoon where all 16 men’s and women’s fourth-round matches were held.
When it comes to drama, tournament organisers at the All England Club will hope that, for them at least, most of it has already passed. Wimbledon found itself at odds with the professional tours and the rest of the grand slams in taking the decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from the tournament, in response to the invasion of Ukraine and on the basis of UK government guidance. The tours reacted by stripping Wimbledon of its ranking points, a move that led to some players, including the British men’s No 1 Cameron Norrie, suggesting the Championships would be reduced to an “exhibition” event.
Michael Jones27 June 2022 10:30