The 129th edition of Wimbledon has returned for 2015 and the action gets underway from today. The first day of the fortnight long tournament will feature defending champion Novak Djokovic and French Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka. The two faced each other in the Rolland Garros final only a couple of weeks before where Djokovic suffered a shocking defeat in the hands of the Swiss – losing a chance to complete his career slam, again.
- Where to watch: The first day of Wimbledon is scheduled to start from 11.30 am BST (3 pm IST and 6.30 am ET). The matches at SW19 (centre court) will start from 1.00 pm BST (5.30 pm IST and 8 am ET)
- Those who are in India can catch the live action on Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 4, including their respective HD channels with live streaming option available on Starsports.com and Hotstar.
- The UK viewers can catch the live action of Day 1 on BBC One and BBC Two with live streaming option on BBC iPlayer. Those who love listening to commentary can enjoy it on BBC Radio 5 Live.
- The US viewers can catch the live action on ESPN and ESPN 2 with live streaming option on Watch ESPN.
- Those who in Australia can catch the live action on Channel 7 with live streaming option on 7tennis.
Wimbledon has lined up a challenging opener for the world number one as he faces Philip Kohlschreiber of Germany – who is a real danger.
The threat appears to be more powerful because the Serbian didn’t participate in any grass-court warm up tournaments thus; his form after transforming from the clay court season still remains unchecked.
Kohlschreiber is not only the German number 1, but Wimbledon is the only major where he has acquired his best slam record – quarter final in 2012. He has a big serve and pretty impressive one-handed backhand that holds the potential to cause a major upset.
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In fact, he still remains the only player to have defeated the same Novak Djokovic before the quarter finals of a major tournament – which he did in 2009 French Open.
Going into today’s match, the German will have nothing to lose as the best slam record he has had until now is reaching the quarter finals here in 2012. Therefore, Djokovic will be the one who will play with immense pressure and expectations on his shoulders. He was left in tears after conceding the French Open loss to Wawrinka – who grabbed his second major title with that win, and he will definitely look to bounce back.
He has had a fantastic and equally grueling year so far, bagging the Australian Open title for the fifth time and winning four ATP 1000 titles.
The top seed didn’t drive away the fact that Kohlschreiber indeed stands a bumper chance against him. Talking to reporters in the pre-tournament press conference, he said that it will be “one of the toughest first rounds” he could get.
He added: “Right now I think I’m 100 percent prepared. Hopefully tomorrow when I get on the court I’ll be able to perform my best because that’s something that is going to be very much needed in order to win against Kohlschreiber.”
Kohlschreiber will be expected to take chances, play offensive – serving big and going for Djokovic’s cross-court backhands. However, Djokovic’s mental strength which he once termed as his “only drug” will make it massively difficult for the German to grab his bumper chance.
WIMBLEDON DAY 1 SHOW COURT SCHEDULE:
Play begins on Centre Court and No. 1 Court at 8 a.m. ET; all other courts at 6:30 a.m.
Novak Djokovic (1), Serbia, vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany
Maria Sharapova (4), Russia, vs. Johanna Konta, Britain
Stan Wawrinka (4), Switzerland, vs. Joao Sousa, Portugal
No. 1 Court
Serena Williams (1), United States, vs. Margarita Gasparyan, Russia
Simone Bolelli, Italy, vs. Kei Nishikori (5), Japan
Grigor Dimitrov (11), Bulgaria, vs. Federico Delbonis, Argentina
No. 2 Court
Nick Kyrgios (26), Australia, vs. Diego Schwartzman, Argentina
Jarkko Nieminen, Finland, vs. Lleyton Hewitt, Australia
Alison Riske, United States, vs. Lucie Safarova (6), Czech Republic
Heather Watson, Britain, vs. Caroline Garcia (32), France
No. 3 Court
Marin Cilic (9), Croatia, vs. Hiroki Moriya, Japan
Xu Yi-Fan, China, vs. Ana Ivanovic (7), Serbia
Daniel Gimeno-Traver, Spain, vs. Milos Raonic (7), Canada
Madison Brengle, United States, vs. Venus Williams (16), United States
Anett Kontaveit, Estonia, vs. Victoria Azarenka (23), Belarus
Go Soeda, Japan, vs. John Isner (17), United States
Danka Kovinic, Montenegro, vs. Sam Stosur (22), Australia
Lucas Pouille, France, vs. Kevin Anderson (14), South Africa