Judy Dalton direct from Wimbledon - Day 1

Wimbledon Day 1 - Monday, June 23

Wimbledon Day 1 - Monday, June 23

DAY one of The Championship -  Wimbledon - is just hours away

The weather has been ideal. Great for tennis.

It's hard to believe that it is 52 years since I first entered the gates of the All England Club. Plenty of structural changes, but the atmosphere is still the same.  Expect strange results again.

The women’s draw looks extremely interesting.

Serena Williams has a tough draw.  She will open on centre court as Marion Bartoli is not defending her title. I believe Bartoli will instead be a special guest in the Royal Box. What better place to watch the centre court 

In same quarter as Williams, Australia's  Sam Stosur will find the going hard. I cannot believe she will not have a coach with her for this important tournament. She could lose first round to Yanina Wickmeyer.  Sadly Ashleigh Barty lost in last round of qualifying, but Casey Dellacqua, Jarmila Gajdosova join Stosur in the main draw.

Whether on the court or off it, French Open champion Maria Sharapova is loved by the press. There have been  photos over all the papers with boyfriend and Belgian top 20 tennis player Grigor Dimitrov.  

Andy Murray will open the tournament against David Goffin. He has a reasonable draw and with Amelia Mauresmo at his side things could be interesting. As an aside, Murray says there could be wedding bells after Wimbledon. If so it will be kept very quiet. He will do it his own way.

LLeyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic – how will he fare at this Wimbledon?

And Mathew Ebden are joined by qualifiers Luke Saville, James Duckworth, Sam Groth and wildcard Nick Kyrgios as other Australians in the men's singles draw.

Wimbledon is always full of intrigue.

This year will be no exception and I plan to again enjoy every moment of this great sporting event.

JUDY (Tegart) Dalton was a singles finalist at Wimbledon in 1968 and women's doubles champion at Wimbledon in 1969. She was also a two-time Wimbledon mixed doubles finalist.


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