Djokovic to play British teenager Draper as Wimbledon returns | Tennis News

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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, won’t function 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, can be making his Grand Slam major draw debut.
Romanian Halep introduced earlier on Friday that she could be pulling out of the event with a calf harm that prevented her from enjoying on the French Open.
Serena Williams, who Halep beat to gained the title in 2019, will start her newest quest to assert a record-equalling 24 Grand Slam titles, in opposition to Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus.
Ladies’s high seed Ash Barty of Australia will face a first-round match in opposition to Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro who just lately 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.
PILOT EVENT
Wimbledon is returning this yr after the 2020 championships have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event 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 may play South Africa’s Kevin Anderson within the second spherical, which might be a repeat of the 2018 remaining.
His potential semi-final opponent is third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas who he beat on this month’s French Open remaining.
Males’s second seed Daniil Medvedev opens in opposition to Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff with a possible conflict in opposition to 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 presents one other alternative to match the document of Australian Margaret Courtroom. Her draw seems moderately type too.
The sixth seed’s first huge take a look at 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, may 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 in opposition to former US Open champion Sloane Stephens.
The motion begins on Monday.

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