Wimbledon Day 1- Schedule, Order of Play and Matches to look out for
Finally the grass court Grand Slam is headed towards its commencement as Wimbledon 2017 kick-starts tomorrow. The players of the top half of the 128 men/women draw would be competing tomorrow while the other half will be in action on 4th of July.
Order of Play for Centre Court and Court 1
Centre Court (12 AM BST / 4.30 PM IST)
Murray v Bublik
Larsson v Kvitova
Medvedev v Wawrinka
Court 1 (12 AM BST / 4.30 PM IST)
Mertens v Williams
Nadal v Millman
Konta v Su-Wei Hsieh
Starting from Centre Court, it will see the crowned Andy Murray in action with the qualifier Bublik in his Round 1 match. The local suffered from a hip injury in his practice match at Queen’s earlier this week but has waived himself good to go for the match.
Accompanying him are matches played by the women’s favourite Petra Kvitova and the Men’s 5th seed Stan Wawrinka. They will be seen in action against Johanna Larrson and Daniil Medvedev respectively on the opening day. Kvitova is being backed to win the title this year citing the absence of Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova in addition to the good run of form this season despite being side-lined after being stabbed by a house intruder.
On the other hand the famous personality of Wimbledon tournament in Venus Williams is heading forward to launching her campaign against Elise Mertens on Court 1. Citing her sister’s absence due to pregnancy, she is also being tipped to win the single’s title this year.
Following the American’s match is the 10 time French Open Champ and 2 time Wimbledon Champ, Rafael Nadal who takes on John Milman in his opening battle on the grass turfs of Wimbledon. The local lady, Johanna Konta is also facing challenge on day 1 at the Court 1 from Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-Wei.
The Court 3 has this year’s WTA French Open champ, Jelena Ostapenko taking on the Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich in her Round 1 match while the returning former World No.1 Victoria Azarenka is playing her first Grand Slam match after her return from the side-lines against CiCi Bellis, a match which she should easily get past through.
Erakovic vs. Halep
Kyrgios vs. Herbert
Barty vs. Svitolina
Putintseva vs Sevastova
Azarenka vs Bellis
Bouchard vs Suarez Navarro