Tennis Today: Bumper Wimbledon edition, order of play, Andy Murray’s hidden love for Love Island
In Tennis Today, we have balls-to-the-wall Wimbledon coverage.
Wimbledon order of play
Wimbledon is here and we will start Tennis Today with the order of play every day.
Without further ado, here you go…
Centre Court (13:00 BST start)
Roger Federer v Dusan Lajovic
Varvara Lepchenko v Caroline Wozniacki
Stan Wawrinka v Grigor Dimitrov
Court 1 (13:00 BST start)
Donna Vekic v Sloane Stephens
Liam Broady v Milos Raonic
Arantxa Rus v Serena Williams.
Court 2 (11:30 BST start)
Marin Cilic v Yoshihito Nishioka
Johanna Larsson v Venus Williams
Gael Monfils v Richard Gasquet
Elina Svitolina v Tatjana Maria
Court 3 (11:30 BST start)
Sam Querrey v Jordan Thompson
Ajla Tomljanovic v Madison Keys
John Isner v Yannick Maden
Coco Vandeweghe v Katerina Siniakova
Court 4 (11:30 BST start)
Evgeniya Rodina v Antonia Lottner
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez v Gastao Elias
Malek Jaziri v Jared Donaldson
Tereza Smitkova v Viktoriya Tomova
Court 5 (11:30 BST start)
Peter Polansky v Dennis Novak
Luksika Kumkhum v Bernarda Pera
John-Patrick Smith v Andreas Seppi
Lesia Tsurenko v Timea Babos
Court 6 (11:30 BST start)
Alexandra Dulgheru v Kristyna Pliskova
Petra Martic v Ekaterina Makarova
John Millman v Stefano Travaglia
Vera Lapko v Christina McHale
Court 7 (11:30 BST start)
Gilles Muller v Michael Mmoh
Aleksandra Krunic v Madison Brengle
Ryan Harrison v Roberto Carballes Baena
Viktorija Golubic v Ons Jabeur
Court 8 (11:30 BST start)
Mona Barthel v Yanina Wickmayer
Camila Giorgi v Anastasija Sevastova
Yuki Bhambri v Thomas Fabbiano
Radu Albot v Pablo Carreno Busta
Court 10 (11:30 BST start)
Sergiy Stakhovsky v Joao Sousa
Yafan Wang v Anna Blinkova
Lukas Lacko v Benjamin Bonzi
Court 11 (11:30 BST start)
Magdalena Rybarikova v Sorana Cirstea
Jason Kubler v Guido Pella
Laslo Djere v Paolo Lorenzi
Court 12 (11:30 BST start)
Karolina Pliskova v Harriet Dart
Daniil Medvedev v Borna Coric
Norbert Gombos v Kevin Anderson
Svetlana Kuznetsova v Barbora Strycova
Court 14 (11:30 BST start)
Jan-Lennard Struff v Leonardo Mayer
Kiki Bertens v Barbora Stefkova
Irina-Camelia Begu v Katie Swan
Court 15 (11:30 BST start)
Nicolas Jarry v Filip Krajinovic
Viktoria Kuzmova v Rebecca Peterson
Steve Johnson v Ruben Bemelmans
Court 16 (11:30 BST start)
Philipp Kohlschreiber v Evgeny Donskoy
Ricardas Berankis v Mackenzie McDonald
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova v Kristina Mladenovic
Aryna Sabalenka v Mihaela Buzarnescu
Court 17 (11:30 BST start)
Shuai Zhang v Andrea Petkovic
Ivo Karlovic v Mikhail Youzhny
Adrian Mannarino v Christian Garin
(Not Before 18:00) Kateryna Bondarenko v Lucie Safarova
Court 18 (11:30 BST start)
Lucas Pouille v Denis Kudla
Ekaterina Alexandrova v Victoria Azarenka
Stefanos Tsitsipas v Gregoire Barrere
Julia Goerges v Monica Puig
And now for the usual Tennis Today…
What’s on the site
The big news on Sunday was Andy Murray withdrawing from Wimbledon.
Wimbledon starts today so here is your betting preview from our tipster Deggsy Bilton.
We have an exclusive with big-serving American Sam Querrey talking to us about his 2017 Wimbledon semi-final run and his expectations for this year.
Our Kevin Palmer was at The Bootles last week and here is his GALLERY: Behind the scenes at the prestigious pre-Wimbledon event.
Defending champion Roger Federer will, as per tradition, start his campaign on Centre Court and the 20-time Grand Slam admits he still gets nervous.
Away from Wimbledon and Sebastian Sternik explains why Poles watched the WTA Eastbourne semi-finals with mixed emotions.
Our A to Z of tennis for June has bits and pieces on bromances, former England striker Peter Crouch, X-rated scenes and more.
And then we have something slightly more off topic: a quiz on tennis computer games from the past.
What’s in the news
Serena Williams continues to voice her concerns over the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s testing programme as she believes she is “being unfairly targeted for more samples than anyone else”.
A Deadspin piece revealed last week that she had been tested more than any other player in the United States, male or female, so far this year.
In Telegraph Sport she says: “Until I read that article, I didn’t realise it was such a discrepancy with me against the other players that they listed.”
Federer, meanwhile, revealed he has been tested seven times so far this month alone, but he has a tester living in the same village in Switzerland so it is “very convenient”.
Staying with Williams and Telegraph Sport, physiologist Jim Pate has done a very good piece on “How Serena Williams got ready for Wimbledon – nine months after giving birth”.
He looks at the pelvis, cardiovascular, hips, arms and brain exercises she has had to do.
Andy Murray may have withdrawn from Wimbledon, but the Sportsmail reports “in Katie Swan, he has a horse in the race” as she is part of his management company 77.
“I’m mentored by Andy, so, really it’s a dream come true for me. It’s really cool when I think about it,” she said.
And then there was also this: “We haven’t actually spent much time talking about tennis, more kind of other stuff… Love Island.”
Also in Sportsmail, tennis coach “Brad Gilbert gives the lowdown on the contenders at Wimbledon” and he warns that “Roger Federer is serving better than ever in terms of accuracy”.
In The Guardian, Judy Murray says “Tennis is due its own #MeToo moment and women should be able to speak out about abuse they have suffered within the game.”
“It only needs one person to start it off.”
Meanwhile, The Guardian also has “Unfazed Kyle Edmund living the dream as British No 1 at Wimbledon”.
“It is a very privileged position to be in. It will be my first time at Wimbledon in that position, so I don’t know what to expect but it’s a nice problem to have,” he is quoted as saying.
The Independent also has a “legendary tennis coach” writing for them and Nick Bollettieri says “Roger Federer will win his ninth Wimbledon title despite the rise of Sascha Zverev and the young generation”.
Credit to The Sun for coming up with “WIMBOILDON” as “we are set for the ‘hottest Wimbledon ever'”.
“Britain’s scorching summer could see the tennis tournament’s hottest average temperature of 30.8C toppled this year.”
Express Sport goes with “Roger Federer: Rafael Nadal and I are like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi”.
But Federer was asked if there are similarities between his rivalry with Nadal and that of Messi and Ronaldo and he replied: “Sure, yeah. They have a long-standing rivalry. I have the same with Rafa.
“They’re very different from one another. I guess there’s some similarities there as well. As similar as we are, Rafa and myself, we’re still very different on many levels. I think it’s pretty much the same for them.similarities between the two rivalries.”
What’s on social media
The big day has arrived.
Andy Murray after his Wimbledon withdrawal.
Thanks for all the messages of support today.. Sorry for anyone who feels let down but I need to look at the bigger picture with regards to my health right now and I’ve made good progress the last month. Sad to be missing @wimbledon obviously but look forward to competing there next year. If anyone needs a coach over the next couple weeks give me buzz!
Twenty years since Serena Williams made her Wimbledon debut.
If you missed it, Mischa Zverev won his maiden title at the age of 30 and here is his emotional speech.
Former Wimbledon semi-finalist Anna Kournikova is enjoying the World Cup.
— Darren Cahill (@darren_cahill) July 1, 2018
What’s on TV
ATP and WTA Wimbledon
LIVE – BBC One/BBC Two/BBC Red Button/Connected TV, BBC Sport website & app
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