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Watson lets out a cheer as she breaks Garcia to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the second. 

After an extremely slow start, Watson has started to show some real fight on Court No 12.

She’s making Garcia play and is showing great speed around the court. 

Caroline Wozniacki has been relaxing in training ahead of her first round clash at Wimbledon, playing around with an American football on the practice courts of SW19.

The Danish fifth seed kicks off her campaign against China’s Zheng Saisai on Tuesday and seemed in high spirits as she continues her pursuit for a maiden Grand Slam title.

Wozniacki, 24, was also seen wearing a ring on her finger on Monday, but denied it was of the engagement variety in the wake of her relationship with NFL star J.J. Watt.

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Stuart Fraser: Tough going in that first set for Heather Watson against big-hitting 21-year-old Caroline Garcia, who was once hailed by Andy Murray as a future world No 1. Garcia firing down serves of up to 118 mph!

It’s been 27 frustrating minutes for Watson as Garcia sweeps her away with relative ease and takes the first set 6-1. 

Frenchwoman Garcia has looked in fine form, but Watson hasn’t helped her cause with some nervy shots. 

Heather Watson lost her opening service game and struggled to make an impact as Garcia stayed strong with a number of brilliant ground shots to take an early 4-1 lead in the first. 

Duque-Marino takes the match 7-6, 6-3 as Naomi Broady fails to recreate her brother’s heroics. She was unlucky to to win the first set and pushed her Colombian opponent all the way, but Duque-Marino proved too strong in the end.  

Duque-Marino takes a 5-3 lead as Broady hits a forehand into the centre of the net to hand her opponent a vital advantage.

As she serves for the match, Duque-Marino seems to twist her ankle in a bid to return a shot. She is playing through the pain in order to see this match out.  

In the following game, Broady proves it’s not over yet by breaking back to pull the scoreline back to just 3-2 and building on that momentum by keeping her serve to level in the second. 

She saves five break points along the way, but Broady eventually succumbs to a fourth game defeat in the second. 

It could really knock the stuffing out of Broady after her lengthy service game ended in defeat and a 3-1 Duque-Marino lead. 

Over on Court No 1, Grigor Dimitrov is making light work of Argentine Federico Delbonis.

The Bulgarian has just bagled his opponent to take a commanding two-set lead after an hour of play. 

The Colombian fans at Court No 3 are on their feet as Duque-Marino takes the first set!

Broady can think herself very unlucky to have lost that as there was little to choose between the two through the opening set. Serves were kept until Broady just allowed the ball to dribble of her racket and into the net to hand Duque-Marino the 7-5 tie-break win.  

Laurie Whitwell: The eye-catching shorts are gone, the noteworthy talent remains.

Stan Wawrinka complied wholly with the All England Club’s all-white dress code, then dispatched world No 46 Joao Sousa in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5, 7-6.

It was not always straightforward, however, particularly when the fourth seed hit a couple of duff net shots late in the third to require a tiebreak to finish the match.

Broady fluffs a chance to take the first set away from Duque-Marino as Brit gives away a A-40 lead before the Colombian drags herself back into the game. 

As I write, though, Broady smashes an ace past her opponent to put herself back into the lead. 6-5 in the first!  

Wawrinka raced away from Sousa in the third set tie-break to wrap up his first round win in style. 

After easing to a 6-2 victory in the first, Sousa battled back admirably but just couldn’t get the better of his opponent before tiring in the third. 

Sousa has just gone head over heals in search over a Wawrinka chip, but failed to return and the Swiss star can win it in the tie-break here. 

4-2 he leads… 

It’s been a solid start from both women – They’ve kept their serves with little fuss and Broady has just take the fifth game 40-0. 3-2 to the Brit! 

Judy Murray (below) is offering her support this evening. 

Naomi Broady is out on Court No 3 and has taken to the game against Mariana Duque-Marino. 

The Colombian kept her serve though to pull the game level in its early stages. 

Can Naomi reproduce the heroics of her brother? Let’s hope so! 

Not too much to report from Centre Court with both players ensuring to take their respective service games. 

Sousa is relying heavily on his first serve as Wawrinka is just too strong for him when exchanging baseline shots. 

The Portuguese star, however, is currently leading 4-3 in the third. 


There was a brief period during the second when Sousa looked as though he would mount an unlikely comeback. 

Despite his promise, Sousa made several unforced errors late on in the set and eventually handed Wawrinka a break. 

It was all about the Swiss star from that point onwards and it’s 2-0 Wawrinka. 

Sousa is showing some fight in front of the Centre Court crowd now. He had taken a 5-4 lead in the second before Wawrinka pulled things level with a powerful smash. 

Wawrinka cuts a frustrated figure though as he seems to be making this first round clash harder than it needs to be. 

As I write, Sousa hits the ball long, Wawrinka breaks and will now serve for the second set. 

Sam Cunningham: Lleyton Hewitt being led back through the hoards to the Wimbledon changing room for the last time.

Wawrinka’s level of play has dropped slightly with Sousa perhaps giving himself a wake-up call after a dismal first set. 

It’s currently 3-3 in the second and Wawrinka has decided to switch rackets before the new balls. 

Sousa has been trying to serve and volley Wawrinka, but the Portuguese has just been stumped by a brilliant backhand from the Swiss star. 

Mike Dickson: Just bumped into Liam Broady’s father Simon on the balcony, fair to say he was not keen to discuss his son’s achievement this afternoon.

He was actually pre-occupied with waiting to see which court sister Naomi, who he coaches, will be put on for her match which is on a ‘to be arranged’ basis.

Sounds like it’s conceivable it will be the Centre Court were Wawrinka to finish relatively quickly.

Laurie Whitwell: Found Goran Ivanisevic by the HSBC bank, cap pulled down and mobile phone in hand. He was very courteous when asked about his charge, Marin Cilic, who progressed to the second round in straight sets earlier.

He reckons there is more to come from the US Open champion. Could Cilic replicate his victory from 14 years ago? ‘Anything’s possible,’ he replied.

Warinka has taken the opening set all too easily on Centre Court, winning it 6-2 without looking back. 

It’s finally all over on Court No 2 as Hewitt finally succumbs to Nieminen after four hours of lungbusting tennis. It was a typically industrious performances from the Australian in his last ever appearances at SW19.

It the end, he just didn’t have the legs to keep pushing his opponent onto the backfoot.   

Back over to Centre Court now where Stan Wawrinka has strolled into an early 2-1 first lead and the French Open champion looks keen to put this first round clash to bed as quickly as possible. .

Somehow, Hewitt is STILL battling on with the final set scoreline currently at 9-9. 

The Australian has been playing some brilliant tennis, but just sunk to his haunches after hitting a simple half-volley into the net. 

Nick Harris: Former Wimbledon semi-finalist Ana Ivanovic eased into the second round in front of her adoring boyfriend Bastian Schweinsteiger — and then watched as the Bayern Munich midfielder was mobbed by fans, not her.

The Serbian world No7, whose best result here was reaching a last-four showdown with Venus Williams eight years ago, breezed past Chinese qualifier Yi-Fan Xu, 6-1, 6-1 in 61 minutes.

World Cup winner Schweinsteiger, 30, sat in the stands on Court No3, cheering, fist-pumping and shouting encouragement throughout. 

Mike Dickson: ohanna Konta came to the Centre Court on Monday hoping that her rich run of recent form might allow her to catch Maria Sharapova cold.

But the steely Russian brought her best game to the first round encounter, defeating the British No 2 6-2 6-2 in an hour and 22 minutes.

Sharapova had not played since losing in the fourth round of the French Open, while Konta has reeled off seven victories over world top 100 players since the grass court season started.

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Sam Cunningham: Jarkko Nieminen still piling the pressure and makes it 8-7. This could go on for a while. I’m quite possibly getting burnt out here.

It’s all over on Centre Court as Sharapova completes a very efficient performances and dispatches Konta in straight sets.  

The Russian dropped just four games as Konta battled but ultimately didn’t have enough. 

‘I just wanted to focus on myself. I picked her patterns quite early and anticipated the ball pretty well,’ says Sharapova. 

Sam Cunningham: Back on Court No 2 and it’s heroic stuff from Lleyton Hewitt as he clings on to his last ever Wimbledon. Saved three match points, on his own serve, in that last game with the sets tied at two apiece. It’s 5-5 in the fifth against Jarkko Nieminen.

What a battle. Five games all in the final set as the match reaches three hours and 20 minutes.  He saved two match points along the way and the Aussie fans are as loud as ever! 

After breaking Hewitt back to 4-4, Nieminen managed to take the following game away from the veteran Aussie with some excellent forehands to Hewitt’s left. 

Hewitt is currently fighting to stay in the match as he gives his all to scrape back to deuce. 

Mike Dickson: I’ve had a sneaking feeling that Sharapova could win this Wimbledon and she has been pretty impressive so far against Konta. The crowd want to get behind the British player but she can’t really get into the match with the dominance of the Russain’s return of serve. Slight closing of the Centre Court roof.

If we really did get some extreme hot weather this week interesting to see if there would be calls to close it for the heat like they do in Australia. Doubt it would happen, but the situation has not arisen here before.

Laurie Whitwell: One Wimbledon champion is very much shunning the all-white rule. Marion Bartoli is wearing a brightly-coloured floral dress around the grounds. That is the beginning and end of my fashion insight.

Riath Al-Sammarrai: A chap called Drake – an incredibly famous rapper, I’m told – is here as part of Serena Williams’s entourage.

For those unfamiliar with the Canadian rapper, here’s one of his hits below…


Over on Court No 2, Hewitt has battled through his injury to battle into a 4-3 lead in the final set. 

‘We’re here for two more days, in the sun’ sing the Aussie fans. 

Sharapova has just earned a 3-1 advantage in the second set after breaking Konta with some bullish play. 

The bigger the point, the more aggressive the Russian seems to get and Konta has struggled to defend against her baseline power play. 

Stuart Fraser: What a warrior Lleyton Hewitt is! The 34-year-old is playing in his last Wimbledon and is into a deciding fifth set against Finn Jarkko Nieminen, who ironically is also at his last Championships before retirement.

Hewitt is a break up at 3-2 but is now receiving some medical treatment on a toe injury. Next up if he wins this: Novak Djokovic.

Sam Cunningham: I’ve been chasing around after Nick Kyrgios all afternoon after his on-court outburst shouting out ‘dirty scum’ which seemed to be aimed at the officials, when a series of calls went against him, but which the Australian claimed afterwards were directed at himself.

This is my first Wimbledon and the world’s media take a very different approach to questioning than in football.

The gathered Australian press seemed more interested in Kyrgios being a fan of basketball than the fact he is set to face a fine for his language.

Three times I asked him about the remark, to clarify who it was directed at and why he said it.

The third was followed by an Australian journalist continuing: ‘Back to the basketball…’

Having suffered a bagel in the fourth set, Hewitt hits back at the start of the fifth by breaking Nieminen. The Aussie cheers don’t last long though as the Finn breaks straight back.

Australian fans show their support for Lleyton Hewitt on Court Two

Because Maria Sharapova has since broken the Brit on Centre Court and has just held to love to move 4-1 ahead.

Maybe she’s going to do a Liam Broady?

Maria Sharapova serves against Britain’s Jo Konta on Centre Court

Konta attempts to return a shot against Sharapova

Because having gone into the fourth set leading 2-1, Hewitt is now taking a hiding as he is 5-0 down as we head for a fifth set decider on Court Two.

I’m sure that’s exactly what those ageing ankles of Hewitt want…

Court 14 spectators have received their money’s worth after an epic between Fernando Verdasco and Martin Klizan lasted three minutes shy of four hours.

Verdasco, the man who tested Andy Murray most ferociously during his Wimbledon triumph two years ago, won out in the end: 13-11 in the fifth set, which lasted 85 minutes alone.

The crowd cheered his efforts loudly. He looked shattered.

There are a few empty seats on Centre Court, but Jo Konta is already up against it having gone 1-0 down against Maria Sharapova. We are still with serve but Konta can ill afford to make any slip ups as the Russian comes flying out the blocks 

Honestly, the Australian supporters just haven’t stopped – they’ve been incredible.

We’ve already had The Beatles’ ‘Hey Jude’ (Lley-ton), and now the 2002 champion has won the third set 6-4 after an unforced error from Nieminen – the supporters from down under have gone into a darts style cheer of ‘chase the sun.’

Lleyton Hewitt celebrates against Jarkko Nieminen during the first round clash

‘Great scenes as Liam Broady came off court. He lives basically out of the back of his Nissan Juke, which is his biggest earthly possession, so the £43,000 prize money guaranteed here will be huge for him.

‘Jo Konta about to start against Sharapova. I think she’ll win more games than expected but the Russian’s greater experience will probably tell in the end.’

Because in front of partner and Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger, Ana Ivanovic has dropped just two games on her way to an easy 6-1, 6-1 win over Yi-Fan Xu.

Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic hits a return against China’s Yi-Fan Xu during their singles match on Court 3

Bayern Munich’s Bastian Schweinsteiger watches his partner Ana Ivanovic play at Wimbledon

Liam Broady celebrates victory over Marinko Matosevic during day one at Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic, the defending champion, progressed without any great alarm through his first-round match against the powerful German Philipp Kohlschreiber, winning 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

It was not a commanding, edge-of-your-seat wonder-show from Djokovic, but it was a start at least.

Djokovic has seen off Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 and he will now face either Hewitt or Jarkko Nieminen

Because after every point he is being superbly cheered on by a load of Australian fans wearing yellow shirts.

They seem to be doing the job, with the 2002 champ rescuing FIVE break points at 2-1 down in the third set.

The big plus down on Court Two though is hearing the dulcet tones of Barry Davis commentating – always a treat.

Australian fans of Lleyton Hewitt cheer on their compatriot during his match against Jarkko Nieminen

‘Terrific atmosphere around a packed Court 18 as Liam Broady breaks for 4-3 in the deciding set after coming back from two sets down against Marinko Matosevic.

‘GB Davis Cup captain Leon Smith on his feet in appreciation of Broady’s efforts. This would be some win.’

Great Britain’s Liam Broady celebrates a point during the first round clash against Marinko Matosevic

‘Ana Ivanovic has taken the first set easily from Chinese qualifier Yi-Fan Xu out here on a blisteringly hot Court No3.

‘And sitting watching in the player’s box is Ivanovic’s boyfriend, Bastian Schweinsteiger. No doubt as soon as the match is over Scweiny will be telling MailSport how he and Morgan Schneiderlin will combined at Old Trafford next season to help Manchester United to the title. Stay tuned to this blog for updates on that.

‘I’m also told that Ivanovic’s former squeeze, Aussie golfer Adam Scott, is in the house, though I haven’t seen him yet. He’s off watching Aussie players apparently.
It’s 1-1 now in the second set after AA waltzed the first 6-1.’

Andy Murray shares a handshake with Amelie Mauresmo at Wimbledon

Murray looks on during practice at Wimbledon

Mauresmo offers Murray advice during the training session

Murray eats a banana during his practice session

We have heard very little from the start of Novak Djokovic’s title defence, but only because it’s business as usual for the Serbian.

Djokovic leads 2-0 over Kohlschreiber on Centre Court. Elsewhere, Hewitt has been pegged back by Nieminen, with the Finn taking the second set 6-3.

Novak Djokovic is at full stretch to return a shot against Phillip Kohlschreiber

Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic has beaten Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania 6-2, 6-1.

Serena Williams made a bit of a mess of the first set, but she has blown Gasparyan away in the second as she leads 5-1 and is now serving for the match.

It’s been a brave fight from the Russian, but class is ultimately telling here.

That’s because the 2002 champion has taken the first set 6-3 against Jarkko Nieminen in what will be his last Wimbledon appearance this year.

I still struggle to forgive him for defeating Tim Henman in his championship year, but it would be a feel good story to see the Australian go far on his farewell.

Fans of Lleyton Hewitt cheer on the Australian during his match against Jarkko Nieminen

Matosevic is well and truly crumbling and his legs look like they are made out of lead as Broady fires a cross court winner to take the fourth set 6-2. We are into a decider on Court 18 – can Stockport’s finest carve out a famous win?

Because Marinko Matosevic has completely fallen apart! Liam Broady now has a double break on the Australian who has been broken to love by the rookie Brit.

It’s 5-2 to Broady in the fourth who now serves to take this to a decider.

Liam Broady reaches out for a return against Marinko Matosevic on Court 18

The American is tearing into Gasparyan now, leading 3-0 in the second set. Williams appears to be closing in on a second round spot after a very shaky start.

That’s because the Spaniard is through to round two having defeated Serbian Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 on Court No 7.

‘The ‘Australian Contingent’ on Court No 2, now watching fellow countryman Leyton Hewitt, have been entertaining the crowd all day so far.

‘Their renditions during breaks in play have included ‘A spoonful of sugar make the aces go down,’ ‘what’s love got to do with it?’ and ‘whoop that ass.’ There are no signs of letting up.’

Lleyton Hewitt of Australia stretches for a forehand in his first round match against Jarkko Nieminen of Finland

‘US Open champion Marin Cilic swept into the second round with an sliced ace on the line to beat Hiroki Moriya in straight sets.

‘Coach Goran Ivanisevic, who famously won here as a wildcard, watched on from the stands of Court 3.

‘Cilic was afforded generous applause from the crowd, happier memories for the Croat who withdrew from the 2013 tournament here to avoid adverse publicity following a failed drugs test.

‘He made the quarter-finals last year, only losing to eventual winner Novak Djokovic in five sets, and could be a challenger this time.’

A huge scream from Serena Williams, as she takes the first set 6-4 after a fifth double fault from Gasparyan brings up break point.

The Russian then fires a forehand into the net to conclude the opening set. The fact that Williams is getting a bit emotional just shows how much pressure the rookie has been putting on her.

Serena Williams of the United States is sheltered from the sun during a break in her match against Margarita Gasparyan of Russia

Serena Williams has almost been like a bully the way she has taken out the second serve of Gasparyan, but she can’t shake off the Russian who, although has looked nervous, is still taking the game to one of the pre-tournament favourites.

Not bad for a player who has never even played at Wimbledon. Novak Djokovic has taken the first set 6-4 Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Boris Becker, former champion and coach to defending champion Novak Djokovic looks on at Centre Court

Not as straight forward for the 32nd seed though as he had to come from behind to beat Dudi Sela 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

No problems for Marin Cilic on Court three as the ninth seed brushes past Hiroki Moriya 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)

Marin Cilic of Croatia hits the ball during his match against Hiroki Moriya of Japan

The match goes on at Court 18, as Liam Broady fights back against Marinko Matosevic to take the third set 6-3 – he now trails 1-2.

‘Williams is clearly getting riled. She has just been handed a code violation for an ‘audible obscenity’.’

‘I notice an odd thing about the scoreboards – Wimbledon have gone back to failing to give any guide to the nationality of the players.

‘They may be assuming too much knowledge on behalf of the paying public.

‘Liam Broady fighting back against Marinko Matosevic, now leads 5-2 in the third set. It was rather sweet earlier – his sister Naomi, who plays later, was courtside urging him on.

‘Serena Williams labouring against unknown opponent – looking like a rerun of Roland Garros.’

Serena Williams reacts during her match against Margarita Gasparyan on day one

…that’s of course if he loses against Jarkko Nieminen in his first round clash

Sixteenth seed David Goffin has beaten Horacio Zeballos 7-6 (7-4), 6-1, 6-1 in the mend’s side of the draw.

While a few results are in for the women. Kirsten Flipkens has defeated Annika Beck 0-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Zarina Diyas has dumped out 24th seed Flavia Pennetta 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, but 11th seed Karolina Pliskova has survived a minor scare to beat Irina Falconi 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

An eventful first day for Nick Kyrgios, who opened up in fine style by serving up a bagel against Diego Schwartzman.

The Australian then went on to to take the second set 6-2, before claiming victory with an 8-6 tie-break win in the third – and that’s before we get to his heated argument with the umpire. He’ll be all smiles now.

Nick Kyrgios talks to the umpire during his match against Diego Schwartzman

‘Henman Hill/Murray Mount is well populated in time for the defending champion’s arrival onto Centre Court.

‘The big screen shows a video of Novak Djokovic talking about his Wimbledon win last year and ambitions to retain the title, undented by that loss to 18-year-old Alexander Zverev at The Boodles event on Friday.

‘The crowd offer warm applause for the Serb, although Djoko Dune it will never be, even if the sun scorches the grass to sand.’

‘Not sure how long this will last but Williams is getting pushed around here. And she is getting increasingly surly. As you might imagine.’

The Russian is now 2-0 up against Serena Williams, screaming out in delight as she hits a forehand winner down the line. game on.

I may have to revise my crushing Serena Williams win prediction, because she has just been broken in her opening game by Margarita Gasparyan!

Plenty of errors from the American, but what a start from the unfancied Russian – the latter doesn’t look like she can quite believe it.

Serena Williams of the United States walks out for her singles first round match against Margarita Gasparyan of Russia

Hungarian Timea Babos has defeated Petra Cetkovska of the Czech Republic 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.

The American veteran will take on Margarita Gasparyan, and without sounding too harsh, blink and you could miss this. Williams could have this done in under an hour if she is on form.

Huge uphill task now for the rookie Liam Broady, who has lost the second set 4-6 against Marinko Matosevic. He is now 0-2 down as the Brit stares at a first round exit.

Novak Djokovic is about to get his Championship defence underway on Centre Court, click here to follow the Serbian’s clash with Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Once again it’s been a very close second set in court 18, but Broady has been broken again by Matosevic who is now serving to go 2-0 up.

American Coco Vandeweghe has eased through in straight sets 6-4, 6-2 against Slovakian Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.

Rafa Nadal posted a photo of himself on his Facebook page on day on at Wimbledon

‘Wow despite being two sets to love up Nick Kyrgios is not happy here. He just had a row with the umpire when he felt a point should’ve been replayed.

‘He was then broken and said ‘I’ve just been absolutely hung in that game.’

‘At the start of the next game he said out loud ‘dirty scum,’ although I’m unsure specifically who it was directed at; the umpires, line judges or his opponent.’

Nick Kyrgios of Australia drops his racket during his match against Diego Schwartzman

It’s an easy win for Azarenka who on Court 12 has won 6-2, 6-1 against Anett Kontaveit – she is the first women through to the next round.

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus hits the ball during her match against Anett Kontaveit of Estonia

‘Just popped on to Court 2 to watch Nick Kyrgios slap Diego Schwartzman around. It really is brutal (in a tennis sense). Schwartzman was effectively standing back among the line judges for the Aussie’s huge serves. Not much left to run in that one.’

‘Interesting approach by Nick Kyrgios who applauds, or says ‘nice serve,’ or ‘great shot’ every time his opponent beats him.

‘It hasn’t happened a great deal against Diego Schwartzman. Can’t tell if it’s complimentary or mildly patronising.’

Having won the opening set with a bagel, Kyrgios has also taken the second set 6-2 against Diego Schwartzman.

The Argentine is just getting into the match though, with the third set on serve at 2-1 to Schwartzman.

Nick Kyrgios takes a break in his match against Diego Schwartzman

‘Watching a desperately edgy match on court 18 between Liam Broady and Marinko Matosevic.

‘One of them making his Wimbledon debut, the other on a run of eleven straight defeats so it’s hardly surprising.

‘Many of Wimbledon’s outside courts are a little bit functional these days but Court 18 harks back to the age of shoehorning different stands into the complex and was the scene of history when John Isner and Nicola Mahut played their epic five setter there.

‘Broady doesn’t lack home support and this is surely an opportunity for him, even having lost the first set 5-7.’

Liam Broady of Great Britain returns to Marinko Matosevic with a backhand during his first round match

Liam Broady stuck in there trying to break straight back, but in deuce he is caught short on the baseline before seeing an ace fly past him.

Matosevic takes the first set 7-5.

‘There’s a strongly-defined Australian contingent on Court 2 to watch Nick Kyrgios against Diego Schwarzman.

‘A clutch of about 20 all wearing bright yellow t-shirts, with green ‘AUS’ in the middle and green caps are sat together. During the break they all just stood up to chant and clap, ‘Kyrgios… Kyrgios, ole ole ole’ repeatedly.’

‘Some of the goodies on sale at SW19.’

…big problems. A couple of over hit baseline shots from Broady play their role as the Brit is broken to love. Matosevic is now serving for the opening set.

And that’s because the Brit is trying to break Marinko Matosevic again to win the opening set.

The home fans are right behind the 21-year-old, but Matosevic holds with ease to level up at 5-5.

Liam Broady of Great Britain hits back against against Marinko Matosevic of Australia

Broady and Matosevic clashed in the first round of the mens’ singles on Court 18

‘Sure you’ll be pleased to know I enjoyed the morning stroll from East Putney to the All England Club alongside my colleague Nick Harris.

‘A solid 40 minutes at a brisk pace, as the sun shines on south London. One chap was offering a free taste of Robinsons new flavour: lemon and mango. No thanks. We stuck with the classic.’

‘What a start for Aussie star Nick Kyrgios out on No 2 Court. Takes the first set 6-0 against Diego Schwartzman in just 17 minutes! The 20-year-old had admitted at Queen’s that he was ‘battling mentally a bit’ but he seems right up for this.’

Nick Kyrgios walks onto the court for his singles match against Diego Schwartzman

Andy Murray trains at Wimbledon on the first day

Murray trains makes a point to his coach Jonas Bjorkman

Murray (left) speaks with his coach Amelie Mauresmo (centre)

Murray hits from the baseline as he prepares for the start of his championship challenge on Tuesday

The Brit lost his opening service game, but has recovered from 2-0 down to break back and now lead 3-2 in the opening set.

I’m just joking obviously. The Scot is at SW19 for a practice session as he hopes to match his 2013 success at the All-England Club.

Andy Murray (left) prepares to train at Wimbledon on the opening day at SW19

Very bad start. Liam Broady opened serve up on Court 18 but he has already been broken by Marinko Matosevic having fired into the net to go 0-1 down. Early days I suppose…

Will we see record attendances this year with the temperature set to soar?

People queue up for tickets at Wimbledon on the opening day of the Championships

And that includes Britain’s Liam Braody who takes on Australian Marinko Matosevic on Court 18.

Fans take their place on Henman Hill at the start of day one

Amelie Mauresmo, coach of Andy Murray, arrives at Wimbledon for day one of the Championships

‘11.20am and Sportsmail’s Stuart Fraser tucks into strawberries. Will this be his only cliche of the week?’

Good goal though. That strike from David Beckham still seems like it was yesterday.

* 39 different nations have provided players to the quarter-finals of the historic tournament…including Chinese Taipei, Cyprus and Zimbabwe!

* Since 1946, an American player has made it through to the quarter-finals in all but nine tournaments.

* Between 1974 and 1995, Great Britain didn’t have a single representative in the quarter-finals stage.

* Though he is listed as Czech for this study, Jaroslav Drobny also held Egyptian citizenship at the time of his 1954 win – making him the only ‘African winner’.

* Andy Murray’s solitary win in 2013 makes Wimbledon the hardest Grand Slam to win as a ‘host’. The French Open has had two native winners since 1946, while the U.S and Australian Opens have been won multiple times by natives.

Can’t claim those from my own research, so thanks to My Voucher Codes for those pub ammo stats.

Spectators arrive for the first day’s play at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships

Novak Djokovic of Serbia warms up for his first round match on day one

Djokovic will face Philipp Kohlschreiber on Centre Court at 1pm

‘A low key Royal Box on the first day of Wimbledon celebrity wise, although travel writer Bill Bryson is in there and broadcaster Trevor McDonald.’

And that counts even in front of the Order of Play board….

Spectators pose for selfies in front of the order of play as they arrive for the first day

And the crowds are already filling up nicely, as you may expect following a weekend of queuing.

Spectators walk in as they arrive for the first day’s play

Spectators listen to instructions from a steward as they wait to enter the All-England Club

Large crowds make their way through the grounds during day one

‘Had a lovely walk through Wimbledon village last night. Needless to say, tennis balls everywhere, including around the skeleton in the window of an osteopath.

‘He (she?) is also wearing a headband and holding a racket. Next to Oxfam is Maria Sharapova’s pop-up sweet shop – Sugarpova.’

Groundsmen add finishing touches to a sign ahead of the first day of play

The German faces defending champ Novak Djokovic on Centre Court, but he is in it for the long haul it seems as he slaps on some factor 50 sun cream!

At least he won’t get burnt – at least by the sun. In a sporting context, Novak may have one or two things to say about that…

‘First day of Wimbledon, the usual air of expectation as they let the punters enter in orderly fashion. I did notice some extra security today when coming in.

‘Tenniswise I’d say Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are joint faovurites, with Murray shading it if anything. It’s hard to look beyond Serena Williams but I also have a sneaking feeling for Maria Sharapova, who will benefit from the extra week’s preparation.

‘I expect her to get a proper test today from Jo Konta, closer than expected, but that could set her up perfectly for the fortnight on the assumption she survives.

‘I am also hopeful that one of the Broady combination will win, overall the British contingent have reasonable draws.’

Ground staff add the finishing touches on the courts at Wimbledon

Wimbledon is about tennis. Of course it is, to many. Roger Federer only truly cares about the numbers on the scoreboard.

But Wimbledon is about a great day out too, and the extraordinary lengths to which organisers go to stage the world’s premier tennis tournament.

On the above link is a look, in numbers, at how the All England Club is transformed from a private club to the site of a sporting jamboree for a fortnight each year.

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People queue to enter, before the start of the of the first day at Wimbledon

Liam Broady takes on Marinko Matosevic on Court 18 at 11.30am while, Naomi will take on Mariana Duque-Marino after 5.30pm on a court yet to be decided

‘What a feeling for those at the front of the queue who are about to head towards their seats when the gates open at 10:30am.

‘The queue started on Saturday morning, more than 48 hours before the start of play. Actually it was the queue for the queue as it officially does not open at Wimbledon Park until 8am.

‘When I walked past on Saturday around 12 noon, there was a man with a Serbian flag at the front of a line of around 20 people all lying back on the hard pavement outside Wimbledon Park. Dedication!’

Security check the bags of spectators shorty before Wimbledon fans were allowed into the All-England Tennis Club

Not long until SW19 opens at 10.30am, with play commencing an hour later. Just enough time for supporters to take their desired spots and get some strawberries and cream too. 

Security officers with their dogs patrol the grounds before the start of the Championships

Mounted police patrol the perimeter of SW19 on day one

People queue to enter ahead of the start of the Wimbledon Championships

Ground staff prepare the courts ready for play on the opening day

‘The guy trying to entice tennis fans to take taxis to the All England Club from Southfields tube station has dyed his hair tennis ball yellow to attract more business.’

You may want to scroll down to 9.16am to see exactly what Charles is referring to…

Looking forward to The Championships but don’t know your way around The All England Club? Haven’t got tickets but you’re desperate to grace the grounds of SW19?

Well look no further, as Sportsmail has put together the ultimate guide to watching the world’s best at Wimbledon. Click here for more.

Ground staff prepare the courts during day one of the Wimbledon Championships

And I don’t just mean the video technology for points. Rufus the Harris Hawk will be at SW19, with his job to scare away other birds.

Rufus the Harris hawk looks on at Centre Court with owner Imogen Davis

It seems like the 2002 champion has been around forever. Sadly the end is nigh for the 34-year-old though who is making his final trip to SW19 this year (at least as a player.)

Hewitt will face Jarkko Nieminen of Finalnd on Court 2

Lleyton Hewitt won the Wimbledon mens’ title in 2002

‘What a scorcher! The official forecast is plenty of sunshine today. Up to 26 deg C/ and 79F by mid-afternoon. Winds light.

‘Tue/Wed: Temperatures climbing into the low to possibly mid 30s on Wed. Heat and humidity may trigger late afternoon/evening thunderstorms on Wed/Thurs.’

Thanks, Jon. To pinch a phrase from Baz Luhrmann, ‘if I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.’

STUART FRASER: Tim Henman insists that Andy Murray is in the best form of his career – but feels that Novak Djokovic is still favourite for Wimbledon.

Four-time Wimbledon semi-finalist Henman agrees with Murray’s own verdict after winning the Aegon Championships at Queen’s that he is playing better than when he won Wimbledon in 2013.

Speaking to Sportsmail, Slazenger ambassador Henman said: ‘When you reflect on 2013, he didn’t even play at the French Open, he was injured. And his form coming into Queen’s that year was very unpredictable.

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‘In some ways the most beautiful morning of the Championships. Day one. Courts immaculate. Green-clad ball boys and girls gathering.

‘The line markings being painted. They sparkle pristine white. The ivy timelessly in place. The weather is ludicrously good.

‘I’ve been here for an hour or so, even then the streets outside were starting to get thronged as people queued. I managed to get in without having my bag searched – that won’t happen again.

‘Fire alarm starting now. Gates yet to be opened to the public.’

Stella Riley who has queue card number one and is first in the queue for day one at Wimbledon

The British No 2 takes on Maria Sharapova following Novak Djokovic’s opener on Centre but she has a tough job on her hands.

Sharapova is ranked 142 places above her in the world so it would be an enormous upset if the 24-year-old could dump out one of the favourites for the tournament.

Sportsmail’s Mike Dickson assesses Konta’s chances on the opening day.

Britain’s Johanna Konta sits at the practice courts at The All England Tennis Club on Sunday

Plenty of big hitters in Brad Gilbert’s 10 contenders for the womens’ title, including defending champion Petra Kvitova and veteran Serena Williams. As ever it looks too close to call in the ladies’ singles. Click here for more.

Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic is the defending womens’ champion at Wimbledon

I’m going with 8/10 for effort but marks are deducted for final presentation. Less yellow and more green needed

A tennis fan sporting a tennis ball hairstyle is ready for the opening day of the championships

No surprises to see Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafa Nadal on this list (it would really be foolish to leave them out as obvious as they are) but who joins them in the top 10? Click here for more.

Novak Djokovic is the defending Wimbledon champion after beating Roger Federer in the 2014 final

Great Britain’s Johanna Konta has been handed a Centre Court slot for her Wimbledon first-round match against former champion Maria Sharapova.

Konta, who reached the quarter-finals of Eastbourne, will tackle 2004 Wimbledon winner Sharapova in the second match on the main show court. Sharapova is the fourth seed this year.

Their tussle follows the tradition of the men’s champion opening play on Centre Court. Click here for more across SW19 on the opening day.

Fans enjoy the early morning sunshine at Wimbledon ahead of day one

Selfie sticks are banned! Excellent news from SW19, where fans have been camping out in tents over the weekend hoping to bag a ticket for day one.

Selfie sticks have been banned from the Wimbledon grounds

Outside the All-England Club, Wimbledon fans are warned not to buy tickets from touts

A small tent city is based in Wimbledon Park ahead of the Championships’ opening day

…but don’t expect the baselines to have a lush green look for that long.

Yes, that’s right, Wimbledon is back and we have a smashing day lined up on day one!

The defending mens’ champion Novak Djokovic will serve up on Centre Court, there will be Brits in action, strawberries and cream and even the sun looks like it is here for the duration.

Play begins at 11.30am, but fans have been queuing up since Saturday for this one!

Tennis fans queue up to get in during day one of the Wimbledon Championships

Under the morning sun, fans form a queue desperate to get an early spot at SW19



Follow Sportsmail’s coverage of all the action from Wimbledon as Novak Djokovic opens up on Centre Court to begin the defence of the title he won last year. 

The world No 1 defeated Roger Federer to claim glory at SW19 in 2014, and faces Philipp Kohlschreiber from 1pm on day one of the championships.

Maria Sharapova follows on Centre as she takes on Brit Johanna Konta, while Serena Williams is also in action as she opens up play on Court 1 against Russian Margarita Gasparyan. 

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