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Wimbledon 2022: Djokovic, Raducanu and Murray in action on day three – live! | Wimbledon 2022

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Unlike us (annoying cough), the official Wimbledon site is struggling to find content during the weather delay.

Some short stories from Andy Murray. A reminder that he is the late game on center court today and is 8-0 one-on-one against big serve opponent John Isner.

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Weather update: No game before 12 p.m. That’s about 15 minutes, almost enough time to watch the 1980 Borg vs. McEnroe tie-break.

Emma Raducanu is back in action on center court today. Tumaini Carayol is looking forward to his meeting with Caroline Garcia which follows Novak Djokovic’s second round against Thanasi Kokkinakis.

The BBC is now airing highlights, so we’re going back to the sports-themed tunes. How about a top 40. Steven Pye is the man for the job. Wimbledon only 10th by the way!

I love useless stats, but I never know how to treat this one regarding how many strawberries it would take to fill center court.. What do you do with this information? I don’t feel inclined to say “wow” or question the number involved. I have no response. Nothing. A void inside.

Beyond my strawberry angst (good name for a 60s shrink band), how about this one:

Andy Murray’s opponent today, John Isner, fired 54 aces in his opening game. That leaves him just 40 shy of Ivo Karlovic’s all-time ATP Tour ace record of… 13,728. That’s worthy of a ‘wow’.

Weather update: The blankets are off although it still looks a little murky above. Game talk maybe, sort of, maybe start in about 25 minutes or so. So 11:45 a.m. Maybe.

Andy Murray and Serena Williams made headlines at Wimbledon, but what about their siblings?

Well, it emerged last night that Venus Williams and Jamie Murray will team up in mixed doubles.

Rain delays begin

Ah, no game before 11:30 at the earliest, according to official reports. No excuse not to listen to more Keith Mansfield songs in the meantime. It’s nice.

It was time a little earlier. There is talk of taking the covers off but possibly putting them back on as drizzle levels divide opinion.

Umbrellas are up at Wimbledon although the BBC’s Carol Kirkwood says the clouds will break and there’s only a 5% chance of rain over the afternoon. It’s still raining now. Light winds, sunny intervals and temperatures around 22 degrees are expected, although some threatening clouds may return later.

BBC coverage begins so let’s hear one of the great Keith Mansfield’s finest ditties: Wimbledon theme music, ‘Light and Tuneful’. Keith over there, looks like he just took a streak from Borg.

Keith Mansfield.

Some further reading here while Tom Little’s version of the grandstand theme is still worth watching.

Here is the order of play on the main courts today. Play is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. on the outdoor courts. All times are BST.

Center Court – 1:30 p.m.
1. Novak Djokovic vs. Thansi Kokkinakis
2. Caroline Garcia vs. Emma Raducanu
3. Andy Murray vs. John Isner

Land no. 1 – 1:00 p.m.
1. Jule Niemeier vs. Anet Kontaveit
2. Cameron Norrie vs. Jaume Munar
3. Maria Sakkari vs. Viktoriya Tomova

Court no. 2
1. Casper Ruud vs. Ugo Humbert
2. Angelique Kerber vs. Magda Linette
3. Tallon Griekspoor vs. Carlos Alcaraz
4. Qiang Wang vs. Heather Watson

Court no. 3
1. Ryan Penison vs. Steve Johnson
2. Yanina Wickmayer vs. Jelena Ostapenko
3. Jannik Sinner vs. Mikael Ymer
4. Katarzyna Kawa vs Ons Jabeur

We’re back in the top half of the men’s singles draw today and 64 are still standing. Rafael Nadal is in the bottom half and was pushed in his opener against Francisco Cerúndolo yesterday. Reports by Greg Wood.

Nick Kyrgios went through a thriller in five sets against Britain’s Paul Jubb yesterday but, again, it was not without controversy. The Aussie is clearly a shall we say punk fan. Let’s hope Sean Ingle didn’t get in his way.

Nine Brits through second round, the most since 1997. And it could still become 10. Trying to keep tabs on them was quite a task as Simon Cambers explains.

Let’s go in depth on this classic Serena Williams vs. Harmony Tan via our man at Wimbledon, Tumaini Carayol.

Preamble

Sometimes a Grand Slam can take several days to boil. But not this one. After plenty of spirited action on day one, Wimbledon crowds were treated to a true classic last night when Serena Williams lost to world No. 115 Harmony Tan. Serena served for the match and led 4-0 in the deciding tie-break but just couldn’t get rid of her opponent.

This Center Court thriller ended less than 12 hours ago, but now we’re looking forward to what should be another belt day of oohs, aahs and oh I say. Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu are back on center court today and face tough second-round encounters against John Isner and Caroline Garcia respectively.

There is more British interest on Court One with Men’s No 1 Cam Norrie taking on Spaniard Jaume Munar while Heather Watson makes a quick comeback. She beat Tamara Korpatsch yesterday and is trying to reach the third round for the first time since 2017 against China’s Wang Qiang on Court Two. Ryan Peniston battles with American Steve Johnson on court three as Harriet Dart plays a delayed first round match against Spain’s Rebeka Masarova.

Defending men’s champion Novak Djokovic opens the action on center court against Thanasi Kokkinakis at 1.30pm, but there’s plenty of action (from 11am) to follow on the outside courts before that. It sounds good ? Alright, let’s play…

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