Novak Djokovic begins his bid to match Pete Sampras as a seven-time Wimbledon champion on Monday, with British Grand Slam title winners Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu additionally on Centre Court docket’s opening day agenda. Within the absence of the banned Daniil Medvedev and injured Alexander Zverev, 20-time main winner Djokovic takes high seeding. The 35-year-old defending champion begins his title bid towards South Korea’s Kwon Quickly-woo, the world quantity 81. Djokovic has further motivation this 12 months as Wimbledon will probably be his final Slam of 2022.
His continued refusal to get vaccinated towards Covid-19 means he’ll stay barred from coming into america for the US Open later this summer season.
Additionally including gasoline to the Djokovic hearth is the possibility to win a fourth successive Wimbledon title and be a part of a choose group.
Within the Open period, solely Bjorn Borg, Sampras and Roger Federer have managed to finish such a streak of dominance on the All England Membership.
– ‘Dreamt of successful’ –
“As a seven, eight-year-old boy I dreamt of winning Wimbledon and becoming number one,” stated Djokovic.
“Pete Sampras winning his first Wimbledon was the first tennis match I ever saw on the TV.”
After a cancelled version as a result of pandemic in 2020 and a decreased capability event final 12 months, Wimbledon returns to full home crowds for 2022.
Nonetheless, lacking from the line-up are a number of Russian and Belarusian gamers who had been banned following the invasion of Ukraine.
In addition to Medvedev, world quantity eight Andrey Rublev is absent as are three of the highest 20 ladies — Aryna Sabalenka, Daria Kasatkina and two-time main winner and former primary Victoria Azarenka.
In retaliation for the ban, the ATP and WTA excursions have stripped Wimbledon of rating factors.
Round 90 minutes of play was misplaced Monday on account of rain however that did not faze new world quantity two Ons Jabeur.
The Tunisian, a quarter-finalist in 2021, eased previous Swedish qualifier Mirjam Bjorklund 6-1, 6-Three in simply 54 minutes underneath the Court docket One roof.
“Today I achieved my highest ever ranking and dropping just four games is a great start to the tournament,” stated Jabeur.
Murray, the Wimbledon champion in 2013 and 2016, is unseeded this 12 months however stays a harmful floater within the draw.
He made the Stuttgart grass-court last earlier this month earlier than an stomach damage pressured him out of Queen’s.
Murray takes on Australia’s 74th-ranked James Duckworth who has but to register a win on the principle tour in 2022.
Nonetheless, the 30-year-old did make the third spherical at Wimbledon in 2021.
Duckworth’s profession had been undermined by requiring 9 surgical procedures within the final decade.
Raducanu, the shock 2021 US Open champion, performs Wimbledon for the primary time as a Grand Slam winner.
She made the fourth spherical final 12 months however has been suffering from inconsistent kind since her triumph in New York.
– ‘Able to go’ –
The 19-year-old has been battling a facet pressure however insisted she is “ready to go” towards 46th-ranked Alison Van Uytvanck. The Belgian participant made the final 16 4 years in the past.
Additionally in motion on the primary day is French Open runner-up and third seed Casper Ruud.
The Norwegian begins towards Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas.
Ruud has misplaced within the first spherical on his two appearances on the event.
He was additionally defeated in his solely grass-court outing this summer season by world quantity 180 Ryan Peniston at Queen’s.
Spanish 19-year-old and fifth-seed Carlos Alcaraz faces Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.
Girls’s second seed Anett Kontaveit tackles Bernarda Pera of america because the Estonian appears to be like to succeed in the second week of Wimbledon for the primary time.
Regardless of her lofty rating of three on the earth, the 26-year-old Kontaveit has a mediocre document on the Slams, making the quarter-finals simply as soon as in 28 appearances.
Eight-time champion Roger Federer is lacking Wimbledon as he recovers from knee surgical procedure.
Nonetheless, Serena Williams will play her first singles match since final 12 months’s championship as she bids once more to equal Margaret Court docket’s document of 24 Grand Slams.
The American star, a seven-time champion at Wimbledon, will get her marketing campaign underway on Tuesday as does Rafael Nadal.
The Spaniard has already collected the Australian Open and French Open this 12 months to place himself midway to a primary males’s calendar Grand Slam since 1969.
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