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Wimbledon 2024 LIVE: Tennis scores and latest updates as Emma Raducanu and Carlos Alcaraz open tournament ahead of Andy Murray injury decision

Wimbledon 2024 LIVE: Tennis scores and latest updates as Emma Raducanu and Carlos Alcaraz open tournament ahead of Andy Murray injury decision

Andy Murray gives health update ahead of Wimbledon decision

Wimbledon is back with Emma Raducanu and reigning men’s champion Carlos Alcaraz as opening day highlights at the All England Club, before Andy Murray reveals whether he will play in the singles in his final appearance at the championships.

Raducanu will play 22nd-seeded Ekaterina Alexandrova in the first round this afternoon. The former US Open champion returns to SW19 after suffering an injury last year, while Alcaraz opens play on Centre Court after beating Novak Djokovic in an epic men’s final.

Murray will decide tonight whether he will play singles after undergoing surgery to remove a cyst in his spine before the tournament. The two-time champion is scheduled to face Tomas Machac tomorrow Tuesday and confirmed he will make a decision after his final training session.

The 37-year-old said he wants to feel the ‘buzz’ on Centre Court one more time and have some ‘closure’ before he ends his career. Follow all the latest updates and live scores from Wimbledon in today’s live blog

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The seven-year streak that could point to this year’s Wimbledon champion

Coco Gauff couldn’t help but notice as she walked past the champions’ wall at Wimbledon. The past seven tournaments on the grass courts at SW19 have produced seven different winners of the women’s title, and they weren’t all the usual names. “Sometimes this tournament looks a little different,” said world No. 1 Iga Swiatek. “Players who are sometimes underdogs can win it, I think. The odds are higher.”

There is certainly no player in the draw who carries Swiatek’s weight at the French Open, where the Pole won a third straight title last month and looked unbeatable on her favoured surface. But the transition from clay to grass proved a challenge. Swiatek’s preparations were not helped by the fact that she had to withdraw from her only warm-up tournament on grass in Berlin, citing “general physical and mental fatigue” after her dominant clay-court stretch.

Read our full preview of the women’s draw:

Lucas BakkerJuly 1, 2024 09:50

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Thank you Andy Murray for what you have done for Dunblane

Andy Murray didn’t put Dunblane on the map. It was already there, nestled quietly between Stirling and Perthshire in central Scotland, when a sleepy town of a few thousand became the scene of Britain’s deadliest mass shooting. Murray was eight, his older brother Jamie ten, when on March 13, 1996, a gunman burst into the gymnasium of Dunblane Primary School and shot dead 16 children aged between five and six and their teacher.

It remains remarkable that the career of Britain’s greatest ever sportsman and one of the darkest days in the country’s modern history should be linked in this way, and yet it is only part of the story. At 37, Wimbledon next week is expected to be Murray’s last. It will bring an era to an end, and also provide a moment to reflect on his historic achievements and the legacy he leaves behind, all tributes that Murray would of course thoroughly disapprove of. Above all, however, is the impact Murray has made on Dunblane, giving a town scarred by tragedy the chance to be defined by something else.

Read the full, emotional piece by our tennis correspondent Jamie Braidwood, who also hails from Dunblane:

Lucas BakkerJuly 1, 2024 09:35

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Which Brits are in action today?

Emma Raducanu is back at Wimbledon after an injury-enforced absence 12 months ago and will grace Centre Court for the third time in her career. But she admits she is the underdog going into her meeting with Russian 22nd seed Ekaterina Alexandrova.

“If I get through my first round, I’ll be over the moon,” Raducanu said. “I’m expecting a really tough match. I think it’s a match where I’m actually the complete underdog because she’s a lot older, a lot more experienced, a lot higher up.”

Raducanu is one of seven Britons in action on the opening day. Heather Watson will be the first on the track and will compete against Greet Minnen at 11:00 am, while Liam Broadywho reached the third round 12 months ago, will face Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp.

Charles Brooms Wimbledon debut against three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka on court two. Yuriko Miyazaki plays Tamara Korpatsch, Arthur Fery also has German resistance in Daniel Altmaier and Sonay Kartal, who was the only British player to survive qualifying, will be looking for her first Wimbledon singles victory at her third attempt against 29th-seeded Sorana Cirstea.

Emma Raducanu will be on the track today
Emma Raducanu will be on the track today (PA wire)

Lucas BakkerJuly 1, 2024 09:20

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A ‘different’ Wimbledon now depends on this Novak Djokovic issue

Alexander Zverev may have missed something when he declared Wimbledon the “most open championship we’ve had in 20 years.” Last year, Carlos Alcaraz became the first man apart from Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray to win the Wimbledon title since 2004, a victory that heralded a new era. But Djokovic, the man Alcaraz described as “super human” after returning from knee surgery in just three weeks, is still there. From a Wimbledon perspective, his recovery from a torn meniscus defies the imagination.

A shot at a record eighth title remains alive thanks to a surgeon Djokovic hailed as his “MVP.” When the 37-year-old withdrew from his French Open quarterfinal after slipping on the Paris clay, his chances of being fit for Wimbledon looked slim. He was given a three- to six-week schedule following surgery. Wimbledon just made the cut.

Read Jamie Braidwood’s full preview of the men’s singles

Lucas BakkerJuly 1, 2024 09:08

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Emma Raducanu says she would be ‘over the moon’ if she reached the second round of Wimbledon

Emma Raducanu heads into Wimbledon full of confidence, but she doesn’t have all the expectations for her first match on Monday.

The former US Open champion has been in top form on the British grass courts, reaching the semi-finals in Nottingham before losing to Katie Boulter in a thrilling match. She then secured her first win over a top 10 opponent against Jessica Pegula on her way to the quarter-finals in Eastbourne.

She is one of the most dangerous unseeded players, but the draw was not favourable: her opening opponent was the 22nd-seeded Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova, who has a decent track record on grass.

Lucas BakkerJuly 1, 2024 08:55

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What’s on TV today?

What’s the TV show on Monday?

10:30-12:15 – Live coverage – BBC Two

11:00-21:00 – Live coverage from outdoor courts – BBC Red Button

12:15-13:00 – Live coverage – BBC One

13:00-21:00 – Live coverage – BBC Two

2pm-6pm – Live coverage – BBC One

21:00-22:00 – Today on Wimbledon – BBC Two

Lucas BakkerJuly 1, 2024 08:45

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Andy Murray announces Wimbledon decision deadline ahead of final tournament

Andy Murray will make a decision on Monday night whether he will play singles at Wimbledon ahead of what is expected to be his final championships, but revealed he still does not have “100 per cent feeling” in his right leg after undergoing surgery last week to remove a cyst in his spine.

The two-time Wimbledon champion is scheduled to face Tomas Machac in the first round on Tuesday and while the 37-year-old says his condition is “getting better every day”, Murray confirmed there is a risk of the wound in his back reopening by returning to action so soon after surgery.

Murray is determined to make one more Wimbledon appearance before retiring and has been given a wildcard to play doubles with his brother Jamie, which is less physically demanding. The doubles competition starts later in the week and would give Murray the chance to bid Wimbledon farewell if he is not fit enough for singles.

But the former world No. 1 has not ruled out playing on Centre Court on Tuesday, saying he will make a decision after his final training session. Murray wants to feel the “buzz” on Centre Court one last time and have some “closure” before he calls it a day.

Lucas BakkerJuly 1, 2024 08:35

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Wimbledon match order and Monday schedule

CENTRE COURT – SHOW COURT – 13:30 START

Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) (3) vs. Mark Lajal (EST)

Ekaterina Alexandrova (22) vs Emma Raducanu (GBR)

Caroline Dolehide (US) vs Coco Gauff (US) (2)

No.1 COURSE – SHOW COURSE – 1:00 PM START

Aleksandar Kovacevic (USA) vs Daniil Medvedev (5)

Emina Bektas (USA) vs Aryna Sabalenka (3)

Jannik Sinner (ITA) (1) vs Yannick Hanfmann (GER)

No. 2 COURSE – SHOW COURSE – 11:00 START

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) (10) vs Dusan Lajovic (SRB)

Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs Charles Broom (GBR)

Naomi Osaka (JPN) vs Diane Parry (FRA)

Victoria Azarenka (16) vs Sloane Stephens (USA)

Lucas BakkerJuly 1, 2024 08:33

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Wimbledon day 1

Welcome to The independent Wimbledon 2024 coverage. The world’s best tennis tournament is finally here, kicking off on day 1 in SW19 and we’ll be with you every step of the way

Lucas BakkerJuly 1, 2024 08:17