Wimbledon 2023: Day one preview including Djokovic, Swiatek, and Williams
On Monday, the defending men’s singles champion Novak Djokovic will commence play on Centre Court to kick off Wimbledon 2023.
At 13:30 BST, Djokovic will play Argentina’s Pedro Cachin in an attempt to win a record-tying eighth men’s Wimbledon title.
Nick Kyrgios, who was paired up against David Goffin of Belgium and finished second last year, withdrew due to a wrist injury.
Iga Swiatek, the top seed and female tennis player in the world, will face Zhu Lin of China in the first round on Court One (13:00 BST).
The final match on Court One will feature fellow American and former Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin and seventh seed Coco Gauff, who was defeated in the Eastbourne semi-finals on Friday.
Venus Williams, a five-time winner who is playing in the women’s singles at Wimbledon for the 24th time at the age of 43, and Elina Svitolina, a semifinalist in 2019, will face off on Centre Court after Djokovic.
The men’s eighth seeded Jannik Sinner will play Argentina’s Juan Manuel Cerundolo to close out the action on Center.
On day one, six British players are competing in singles matches, with Dan Evans and Katie Swan each playing a first-round match on Court 2.
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Djokovic will begin his match on Monday at Center Court.
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, who has won the last four Wimbledon championships, is attempting to tie Roger Federer’s All England Club record of eight victories in the men’s singles.
If the 36-year-old wins at SW19, she will have equaled Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles championships.
The number two seed, Novak Djokovic, said, “Part of me is very, very proud and very thrilled to be able to be in this position and have 23 Slams.”
“I want to try to use every Grand Slam opportunity I have at this stage where I’m feeling good in my body, feeling motivated, and playing very good tennis, to try to get more.”
Cachin, who is ranked 67th in the world, is his opponent in the first round and is making his Wimbledon main draw debut.
The fourth seed in the men’s tournament, Casper Ruud, who lost to Djokovic in the French Open final last month, is positioned second on Court 2.
The Norwegian, who takes on Laurent Lokoli of France, has never advanced past Wimbledon’s second round.
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Swiatek starts the court one title bid.
At the French Open, Swiatek earned her fourth Grand Slam singles title, although in three previous Wimbledon appearances, she has yet to reach the quarterfinals.
The Polish player, 22, made it to the final four of a WTA Tour grass-court event for the first time last week, but she withdrew from the Bad Homburg Open semi-final due to sickness.
Swiatek stated, “I got a stomach ache, but I’m not sure if there was something wrong or not. “Later in the day, I felt fine, so I’m confident everything will be okay.
“I genuinely believe that I utilised my time in Bad Homburg to train on the grass court. Every year, I feel as though I’m settling in a little bit more quickly. As a result, I believe I’m prepared and am eager for the competition.
Eastbourne came in second. The 11th seed, Daria Kasatkina, is playing American Caroline Dolehide third on Court 18.
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After falling early at Queen’s last month, Evans, one of two seeded British players in the men’s draw, admitted that he was having confidence issues. However, Evans now feels that his game is in a “decent space” ahead of his first-round match against French player Quentin Halys.
Of course, he said, “I’m looking forward to it.” “I want to advance through the first round because it’s Wimbledon, a fantastic place to play and win games.
“Realist that I am. I didn’t play well [in Queen’s defeat], and it’s crucial to understand that. It serves no purpose to deceive yourself. I’ve put in some good effort, performed admirably in practice, and my game is currently at a respectable place.
Following Swan’s match against the 14th seed Belinda Bencic in the women’s competition, Evans is fourth on Court Two.
Constant Lestienne, an unseeded French player, is up next for Liam Broady on Court 15, and fellow wildcard Jan Choinski is up next for Dusan Lajovic on Court 17.
Jodie Burrage, a semifinalist at the Nottingham Open, will play Caty McNally on Court 3 in an attempt to win her maiden Wimbledon singles match, and Harriet Dart will play France’s Diane Parry first on Court 12 at 11:00 BST.