Wimbledon makes a welcome return on Monday and everybody related to tennis might be decided to make up for misplaced time with the long-lasting sporting occasion again after it was cancelled final summer season as a result of pandemic.
The primary day ought to present a number of pleasure and there’s loads of British curiosity, most notably two-time winner Andy Murray’s return to Centre Courtroom after a four-year injury-hit absence.
As is custom, defending champion (from 2019) Novak Djokovic will get issues below approach on Centre Courtroom at 13:30 when he takes on British hopeful Jack Draper.
Not that many are giving the 19-year-old a lot hope of inflicting a sensational 25/1 first-day shock below the roof. Djokovic, who’s the general favorite at 4/5, is 1/125 to begin with a win.
One of many Brits tipped to do properly this yr, although, is Dan Evans, who kicks off his match with a tough conflict in opposition to veteran Spanish left-hander Feliciano Lopez, with the duo due third on Courtroom two, climate allowing.
Evans has had an honest 2021 to date, beating Djokovic in straight units on the Monte Carlo Masters, the place he reached his first Masters 1000 singles semi-final, whereas he additionally earlier picked up his first ATP Tour title on the Murray River Open in Melbourne.
Evans is 2/5 to begin with a win, whereas Lopez is on provide at 15/8.
After British primary Johanna Konta pulled out when considered one of her workforce examined constructive for coronavirus, there seems little hope of the house ladies going too far within the Grand Slam, however Katie Boulter is not less than anticipated to get previous Danielle Lao once they get below approach on Courtroom 17.
With showers predicted all through the afternoon, it could possibly be a disrupted first day on the All England Membership, however any frustrations must be washed away with followers in attendance – albeit in diminished numbers to start with – as these with a ticket and people watching at house enjoy the truth that, after a yr’s absence, Wimbledon is again.
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