Monday, BBC Two, 11am
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.