Wimbledon 2011: Day 1

20 June, 2011 at 10:30 (GMT+01:00)

By Lou

Hello everyone, Lou here bringing you day 1 of everybody’s favourite grass court grand slam! It may be the only slam played on grass, but it’s certainly many people’s (especially the players!) tournament of the year.

This year marks the 125th Wimbledon championships, unfortunately we’re predicted rain for the first few days of the competition but with the roof now on centre court we shouldn’t see any disruption there!

Sidepodcast F1: Can Andy Murray continue his recent form?

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Can Andy Murray continue his recent form?

We’re in for an exciting couple of weeks down at SW19 with our top 4 male players looking on their best form. Nadal, having lost to Jo- Wilfred Tsonga at Queens two weeks ago, has won here before (2008 and 2010) and despite his recent loss is still looking strong! Roger Federer, after a rest following his strong performance at Roland Garros, and Novak Djokovic following his amazing form this season are both looking like tough opponents too! Oh and of course, Andy Murray, lets not get carried away but his chances seem positive as well! We’ve also got Mahut vs Isner take 2! How exciting!

Players have been busy preparing for Wimbledon over this past week doing press conferences and practicing on court. Djokovic had an interesting addition to his preparations though when his press conference in Monaco got hijacked… by Caroline Wozniacki [1]! Gotta love that ‘Monaco Spirit’

Talking about the women’s round Serena and Venus have recovered from some rather horrible injuries (Serena with a foot injury and lung condition, and Venus with a hip injury!). Serena was practicing last week in Eastbourne and tomorrow takes to the court again to start her championship defence. It will be interesting to see how the powerful two get on over the next few weeks, any predictions?

Right, lets get on with the schedule, who can we expect to see playing today?

On Centre Court from 1pm we have;

  • Rafael Nadal vs Michael Russell
  • Francesca Schianvone vs Jalena Dokic
  • Andy Murray vs Daniel Gimeno-Traver

Over on Court 1 from 1pm;

  • Alison Riske vs Vera Zvonsreva
  • Fillippo Volandri vs Tomas Berdych
  • Andreas Beck vs Andy Roddick

Court 2 has recently been renovated and now becomes the third show court, notable matches set to start there from 12pm include Venus Williams facing Akugul Amanmuradova.

Today really is an action packed day (providing the weather holds!), you can find a full copy of the schedule here, so you can all find out when you’re favourite players are set to hit the court!

It’s also worth looking out for the two British girls, Anne Keothavong and Naomi Broady who are last up to face each other on court 12 today.

If you’re having trouble keeping up with all the news, Wimbledon has an official twitter you can follow, a podcast to listen to and there is even an iphone app!

With an exciting tournament last year, and a cracking season so far, I can’t wait to see how today and the next two weeks pan out. Will there be any surprise exits? Will we be able to keep up with all the matches? How much will it rain? Will Murray turn into the incredible Hulk? and how long will Mahut and Isner’s match last this time?! Bring on the tennis!

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