Wim­ble­don 2018

Mon­day, BBC Two, 11am

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - WEEKEND TV -

It’s been a great few weeks for sports fans and the high­light of many a sport­ing sum­mer gets un­der­way to­day as the pub­lic goes ten­nis crazy again. Yes, the old­est and most pres­ti­gious ten­nis tour­na­ment in the world, The Cham­pi­onships at Wim­ble­don, are about to be­gin. And, as is cus­tom­ary, first up on the exquisitely creeper-clad Cen­tre Court will be de­fend­ing men’s sin­gles Roger Fed­erer.

Af­ter miss­ing the clay-court sea­son for the sec­ond year in a row, the Swiss su­per­star will be hop­ing he is re­ju­ve­nated enough to mount another de­fence of the crown he has made his own ever since he won his first ti­tle in 2003.

His main threat is likely to come from Rafael Nadal — if the 2008 and 2010 win­ner and newly crowned French Open cham­pion is fit, that is.

Two-time Wim­ble­don cham­pion and former world No 1, Andy Mur­ray, made his com­pet­i­tive re­turn to ac­tion at Queen’s Club a fort­night ago af­ter al­most a year out with a hip in­jury. Per­haps now is the time for fel­low Bri­ton Kyle Ed­mund to step for­ward and prove he is good enough to make it to the lat­ter stages.

In last year’s women’s draw, Gar­bine Mugu­ruza won her sec­ond Grand Slam sin­gles ti­tle with an im­pres­sive 7-5 6-0 vic­tory in the fi­nal over Venus Wil­liams.

The Span­ish cham­pion is likely to be a con­tender again this year, while Pe­tra Kvi­tova, Maria Shara­pova, An­gelique Ker­ber and Ser­ena Wil­liams, who gave birth to her first child last Septem­ber, are also likely to be in the mix.

British hopes largely rest on the shoul­ders of Jo­hanna Konta.

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