Djokovic brings curtain up on Wimbledon

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Factfile on the venue for Wimbledon 2022, from June 27 to July 10.

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 also on Centre Court’s opening day agenda.

In the absence of the banned Daniil Medvedev and injured Alexander Zverev, 20-time major winner Djokovic takes top seeding.

Djokovic has extra motivation this year as Wimbledon will be his last Slam of 2022.

Also adding fuel to the Djokovic fire is the chance to win a fourth successive Wimbledon title and join a select group.

– ‘Dreamt of winning’ –

“Pete Sampras winning his first Wimbledon was the first tennis match I ever saw on the TV.”

However, missing from the line-up are a host of Russian and Belarusian players who were banned following the invasion of Ukraine.

In retaliation for the ban, the ATP and WTA tours have stripped Wimbledon of ranking points.

He made the Stuttgart grass-court final earlier this month before an abdominal injury forced him out of Queen’s.

“I definitely think the way he can handle speed, return, compete, slice, volley, as long as his body is feeling well.”

However, the 30-year-old did make the third round at Wimbledon in 2021.

Raducanu, the shock 2021 US Open champion, plays Wimbledon for the first time as a Grand Slam winner.

– ‘Ready to go’ –

The Belgian player made the last 16 four years ago.

The Norwegian starts against Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

He was also defeated in his only grass-court outing this summer by world number 180 Ryan Peniston at Queen’s.

Women’s second seed Anett Kontaveit tackles Bernarda Pera of the United States as the Estonian looks to reach the second week of Wimbledon for the first time.

Eight-time champion Roger Federer is missing Wimbledon as he recovers from knee surgery.

The American star, a seven-time champion at Wimbledon, gets her campaign underway on Tuesday as does Rafael Nadal.

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Originally published as Djokovic brings curtain up on Wimbledon


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