THE gates to the 140th Wimbledon Tennis Championship will open on Monday next with Andy Murray, the reigning male champion and number one seed starting the tournament.
Murray will be meeting a ‘lucky loser’, Alexander Bublik from Kazakhstan who only qualified because someone has dropped out due to illness.
The top four male seeds, in order, are the usual quartet of Murray, Djokovic, Federer and Nadal whilst the females are Kerber, Halep, Pliskova and Svitolina with Britain’s number one Johanna Konta seeded number six.
Serena William’s, last year’s women’s singles champion will not be playing as she is pregnant and there is a slight question over the possible non-appearance of her sister Venus the number 10 seed who has recently been involved in a road accident where a seventy eight-year-old man died.
Jamie Murray will compete once again in the men’s doubles and his paring is seeded number three whilst there will be a total of 12 Britons taking part in the singles events.
As ever, Wimbledon which is the only one of the Grand Slam tournaments to be played on grass will be televised by companies around the world, with the BBC featuring every single major match.