Djokovic to play British teenager as Wimbledon returns

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Serbia's Novak Djokovic kisses the trophy as he poses for photographs after winning the Wimbledon final against Switzerland's Roger Federer on July 14, 2019.

FILE PHOTO: Serbia’s Novak Djokovic kisses the trophy as he poses for images after profitable the Wimbledon last towards Switzerland’s Roger Federer on July 14, 2019. Laurence Griffiths/Pool by way of REUTERS/File Picture

LONDON—Males’s defending Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic will face British teenage wildcard Jack Draper in his opening match however Simona Halep, the ladies’s winner on the final championships in 2019, is not going to characteristic after withdrawing on Friday.

World primary Djokovic is midway to a calendar-year Grand Slam after profitable the Australian and French Open titles, taking his total tally to 19 majors.

Draper, 19, will probably be making his Grand Slam fundamental draw debut.

Romanian Halep introduced earlier on Friday that she could be pulling out of the match with a calf harm that prevented her from enjoying on the French Open.

Serena Williams, who Halep beat to received the title in 2019, will start her newest quest to say a record-equalling 24 Grand Slam titles, towards Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus.

Girls’s high seed Ash Barty of Australia will face a first-round match towards Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro who not too long ago returned to motion having recovered from most cancers.

Britain’s twice champion Andy Murray, collaborating within the singles for the primary time since 2017 after two hip surgical procedures, was drawn to play Georgian twenty fourth seed Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, who turns 40 this yr, takes on Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in spherical one.

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FILE PHOTO: Tennis – ATP 500 – Queen’s Membership Championships – Queen’s Membership, London, Britain – June 16, 2021 Britain’s Jack Draper celebrates after profitable his second spherical match towards Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik Motion Photos by way of Reuters/Paul Childs

Wimbledon is returning this yr after the 2020 championships have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The match is a government-approved ‘pilot occasion’ with a minimal 50% capability, rising to a full 15,000 attendance for the lads’s and ladies’s singles finals on Centre Courtroom.

Ought to Djokovic keep away from a first-round shock he might play South Africa’s Kevin Anderson within the second spherical, which might be a repeat of the 2018 last.

His potential semifinal opponent is third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas who he beat on this month’s French Open last.

Males’s second seed Daniil Medvedev opens towards Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff with a possible conflict towards Croatia’s former runner-up Marin Cilic lurking in spherical three.

Serena Williams has been caught on 23 Grand Slam titles since profitable the 2017 Australian Open and her love of Wimbledon’s grass courts affords one other alternative to match the file of Australian Margaret Courtroom. Her draw appears fairly type too.

The sixth seed’s first large check might be Germany’s twenty fifth seed Angelique Kerber.

American teenager Coco Gauff, who took Wimbledon by storm when she reached the fourth spherical as a 15-year-old in 2019, might face Williams within the final 16. Gauff performs British wildcard Francesca Jones within the first spherical.

The standout match of the ladies’s opening spherical sees twice Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, seeded 10, up towards former U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens.

The motion begins on Monday.

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