Wimbledon 2016 is just a day away and the hush for the crown amongst the men’s and women’s singles players is started to reach it’s pinnacle. Wimbledon having the prestige that it does; even a single foot in the right direction can halt the dream of a tennis player; from whichever part of the world that they may be, a career in tennis is never regarded successful without the Wimbledon cup – ask Evan Lendl.
Lendl achieved great success in tennis – ATP titles, 19 grand slams (all 3 majors) but could never win the Wimbledon title. This year, he steps onto the Wimbledon courts but in the shoes of a coach- taking up coaching assignment for Andy Murray, whom he coached during the player’s triumph Wimbledon 2013 glory.
The Wimbledon schedule for Day 1 comprises of some very interesting match-ups, which are as follows:
The defending champion and the world no.1 in Novak Djokovic will take the center court on day 1 of the Wimbledon 2016 against the home-boy James Ward. Ward reached the semi-finals of the Aegon championship in 2011 and was once 5th highest ranked British but he has never qualified into the 2nd week of the tournament. Ward faces an uphill task in his very first match against spirited Djokovic.
Roger Federer, the Swiss maestro who aptly knows the know-how of the grass court will be stepping into the 2016th Wimbledon perhaps as one of the favorite to win the title in spite of his lack of grand slams to show in the last 4 years. He was last year’s finalist and lost to Djokovic in 4 sets, with first 2 sets going into a tie-breaker which Djokovic won. Federer will play against the qualified entry of Pella from Argentina.
One match-up that can turn out to be an interesting watch is that of Groth from Australia versus Nishikori from Zimbabwe. While Groth has very little to show in terms of career achievement, his aggressive style of tennis perfectly blends with the grass court at Wimbledon and it’s players such as him that often start the tournament with upsets – Nishikori ought to be careful.
In the women’s singles, the French Open champion in Muguruza will start her Wimbledon campaign against the unseeded Giorgi from Italy – it doesn’t promise to be a thrilling encounter but a relative easy win looks plausible on the cards for Muguruza who starts the tournament as favorite, having lost last year in final to Serena Williams, whom she beat in the final of this year’s French Open just a month back.
The crowd’s favorite on day 1 in the women’s singles will be the home-girl Laura Robson, someone who has immense pressure on her shoulders to do well in the Wimbledon having had a great build up running up to the tournament. She’ll be facing Angelique Keber in the first round match-up.
So that’s pretty much some pick-one of many matches we’ve tailor-selected for you.
You can also give a watch to these matches :
- Raonic (6) vs Busta from ESP – Raonic recently appointed tennis legend McCenroe as his coach
- Venus Williams vs Vekic
- David Goffin vs Alexander Ward (GBR) home boy
- Maric Cilic vs Brian Baker
- Lukas Rosol vs Sam Querry (28) : Rosol is one of the most talented players in the circuit who isn’t seeded but can make some upsets this season