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Wimbledon 2022: rain of delay with Djokovic, Raducanu and Murray to play – live! | Wimbledon 2022

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Other news….no game before 1 p.m.

Latest scores, with time looking to improve at SW19

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  • Court 2: Norrie 6-0 0-1 Andujar
  • Court 3: Davidovich Fokina 3-3 Hurkacz
  • Court 4: Paul 6-1 Verdasco
  • Court 6: Etcheverry 3-4 Humbert
  • Court 7: Kalinina 4-4 Bondar
  • Court 8: Marterer 4-3 Bedene
  • Court 9: Pair 6-4 Halys
  • Court 10: In-Albon 2-6 Riske
  • Court 11: Monteiro 2-6 1-0 Munar
  • Court 12: Ruud 3-2 Ramos-Vinolas
  • Court 14: Mannarino 3-1 Purcell
  • Court 15: Basilashvili 5-6 Rosol
  • Court 16: Siniakova 0-6 Chwalinska
  • Court 17: Tiafoe 3-3 Vavassori
  • Court 18: Burrage 2-5 Tsurenko

The news is there will be no game until 12:30 p.m. at the earliest.

Emma Raducanu, chatting just before at the BBC, said, “Hopefully I can get in there and have a good swing,” which doesn’t sound like she’s aiming too high. They show footage of her playing some form of handball match with her coaches. Lots of smiles, which is a good sign.

Murray-mania will go down later this afternoon. And Big Nick knows how difficult it can be to play against him.

Kyrgios thinks Murray can ‘do damage’ at Wimbledon after returning from injury – video

“I think he’s still one of the most dangerous players on grass,” said Kyrgios, who lost to Murray in Stuttgart earlier this month, on Sunday. “I really think the way he can handle speed, flip, compete, slice, fly, as long as his body feels good, I don’t want to see him on the grass at all. I’m playing amazing tennis right now. That first set was as good a level as anyone can produce on grass.

The rain stopped the game…

And unfortunately, this is the case on all the outdoor courts where tennis is played this morning. It’s heavy, and the blankets are all over campus.

Burrage is now trailing 2-5, her serve cost her dearly against Tsurenko, then she failed to dig a cushioning to give a second break to the Ukrainian. Laura Robson and Anne Keothahong are watching. These two brave ex-Brits know what Burrage is going through. And they also know the feeling of rain stopping the game. The players are sent back on a long walk to the locker room.

Cameron Norrie smashes it, he leads 5-0 in the first set against Andujar, and has a set point soon enough. That’s saved by an overhead from Andujar, but who double faults to put another one in, does a weird, missed Hawkeye challenge on his second serve, then hits a forehand into the ether to put the first set back. 6-0 to Norrie, nice and easy.

Norry in action. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

The bright start of Jodie Burrage rather faded, as she is now trailing 3-1 by Tsurenko in the first set.

Norrie is also in progress. He held his serve for the opener against Andujar, and got the chance to break early, and he gobbled it up. A very promising start at 2-0 in the first.

Also in action, Jodie Burrageof Kingston-upon-Thames, who won the opener of the match against Lesia Tsurenko of Kyiv on Court 18.

First in a still cloudy sky and actually rather empty Wimbledon, is Cameron Norrie, the No. 1 Briton, seeded ninth overall, taking on Pablo Andújar, the veteran Spaniard.

The first arrivals in the order of play on the first day.
Early arrivals in the order of play on the first day. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

Tumaini Carayol is our main man on the All-England stage, and here is his big picture.

The last time any of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray held one of the top two spots in the rankings, its current inhabitants were seven and six years old respectively.

It would have been reasonable to assume that such a scenario would suggest a significant change at the top of the sport, but Djokovic and Nadal are the main protagonists at Wimbledon for another year. Despite their place in the rankings, they are somehow the top two seeds in the absence of a banned world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev and an injured Alexander Zverev.

Preamble

It’s here. Let the strawberries and cream fly, Pimm’s and Cliff Richard sing along. All eyes are on SW19, and it’s a star-studded opening day to kick off the fortnight. And at first glance, rain, although “rather cloudy” is the forecast on the official website. Never mind. So thank the lord for the closed roof on Center Court and No. 1 Court, and the weather and ball flight discussions therein. Novak Djokovic, defending champion and back chasing Rafa Nadal in the slam hunt, gets us going on Centre, followed by gutsy British psychodrama in Emma Raducanu and Sir Andrew Murray for the mid-after crowd -midday. Also watch out for Ons Jabeur on the No.1, and later Carlos Alcaraz, possibly the next big thing, but someone is playing down their chances on the grass. So much more, and we’re here every two weeks with updates, news and quotes throughout.

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