Tennis superstars Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Garbine Muguruza will open their campaign in Day 1 of Wimbledon 2016 on Monday. The third Grand Slam event of the year will run from June 27 to July 10 in London, England.
Djokovic, who is the favorite to win the title again this year, will be going up against local bet James Ward of Great Britain in the opening match at Centre Court on Monday. The top-seeded Serb is not underestimating Ward but is confident of advancing to the second round without a hitch.
Djokovic is coming off a successful campaign in the 2016 French Open, where he finally completed a career Grand Slam. The 29-year-old did not play in any grass event leading up to the tournament. But he is not worried, saying that he just wanted to rest after a tough campaign in France.
“I thought that it’s more important for me to just rejuvenate and rest a little bit from tennis and then come back preparing for Wimbledon,” Djokovic told reporters via Wimbledon 2016 website. “So it’s not something I’m doing for the first time, playing only grass court event of the year here in Wimbledon.”
Meanwhile, Federer will continue his chase for an elusive 18th Grand Slam title. The Swiss tennis superstar has seven Wimbledon titles. However, he has not won a Grand Slam since winning the 2012 Wimbledon. Last year, he went one win away from ruling the event but lost to Djokovic in the final.
Federer said that he is determined to win the Wimbledon for the eighth time in his career but he will take it one game at a time. The 34-year-old also admitted that Djokovic and Andy Murray will be tough to beat in the tournament based on the way they played in recent tournaments.
In the women’s side, reigning second seed Garbine Muguruza of Spain will also kick off her campaign in Wimbledon 2016. All eyes will be on the 22-year-old when she takes on Camila Giorgi of Italy. Muguruza is among the favorites, especially after ruling the 2016 French Open to take her first Grand Slam.
The complete Wimbledon 2016 schedule for Day 1 can be seen on the tournament’s official website. The draws for both men and women’s competition are available on this link. Fans can catch the action on ESPN3 starting 7 a.m. ET and through online live stream via WatchESPN and Wimbledon Live.