“To be mentally ready for the challenge when she wants to be up for it, I think that’s what’s so admirable about her”.
“This is the cradle of our sport, it doesn’t get any bigger than Wimbledon Centre Court and it’s an honour and to be defending champion”, Djokovic said after signing autographs on the world’s most famous court.
With Wimbledon’s draw set, it’s time to prepare for the opening matches of the world’s best tennis players. Djokovic said this is his normal approach.
When does American John Isner play his first Wimbledon match?
Isner collected more than half of his points, 58 of 96, via unreturned serves.
He will be 34 in August – the oldest man to win Wimbledon in the modern era was Arthur Ashe who was 31 years and 11 months when he triumphed at the All England Club in 1975. If it happens, it would be the first time the sisters have met in a Grand Slam since the final of Wimbledon in 2009, and the earliest they have met in a major since the fourth round of the 2005 U.S. Open. “It’s always been a really hard surface”.
Djokovic elected not to play any warm-up tournaments on grass prior to arriving in south-west London, but the 28-year-old defending champion quickly found his feet on the slick Centre Court turf against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber. “I think I still feel grass is good for me”.
Serbian seventh seed Ana Ivanovic enjoyed a swift 6-1 6-1 victory over China’s Xu Yi-fan, and Australian Sam Stosur, seeded 22nd, won 6-4 6-4 against Montenegrin Danka Kovinic.
With the third tennis major of the year getting under way Monday, Hingis said Williams would be focused on her golden chance to win all four Slams, Wimbledon and the Australian, French and United States Opens, in the same season.
The next step on Williams’s quest to hold all four majors at the same time is the 93rd-ranked Hungarian Timea Babos, another unknown quantity, who she has never faced before.
The ex- world number two has only recently made yet another comeback after a year out following shoulder surgery, but produced an eye-catching performance to beat Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-2 6-3 4-6 6-2. After the next point, a lineswoman trotted over to the chair umpire, who announced: “Code violation, audible obscenity, Miss Williams”.
It transpires, in fact, and despite her haul of championships, that 33-year-old Williams doesn’t particularly like grass. Once again, it could be a short week for American men at a grand slam tournament.
2009 quarter-finalist Victoria Azarenka secured a routine victory over Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit. Kyrgios was two sets up in his 6-0, 6-2, 7-6 (6) win over the Argentine when he confronted umpire Mohamed Lahyani about a contentious call in the third set.
Sharapova starts on Centre Court, playing after Djokovic.
The dry weather and warm temperatures are expected to stay well into the first week.
While Williams is not in a position this year to achieve Olympic greatness, she is on pace join Graf in the extremely exclusive club of those who’ve managed to win the Calendar Grand Slam. The two could meet in the final again this year.
On Court One, Serena Williams will aim to demonstrate the ability that gives her hope of a calendar Grand Slam as she plays Margarita Gasparyan before fifth seed Kei Nishikori, who claims he is no longer injured, faces Simone Bolelli.