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Wimbledon draw LIVE: Latest updates as Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu await fate

Andy Murray unsure of readiness for Wimbledon after back injury at Queen’s

The Wimbledon draw takes place today as Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu learn their first-round opponents after entering the tournament as unseeded players.

Murray, the two-time champion, is expected to take place in the singles draw despite admitting he may not be ready to compete after undergoing an operation on his spine, but he may still play doubles with his brother Jamie.

Raducanu is back at Wimbledon after missing last year’s tournament due to injury, with the former US Open champion taking a wildcard. Katie Boulter and Jack Draper, the British No 1s, are both seeded for the first time.

Elsewhere, women’s No 1 Iga Swiatek and men’s No 1 Jannik Sinner are top seeds, with Marketa Vondrousova and Carlos Alcaraz the defending champions of the singles titles.

Novak Djokovic will be seeded third as the 37-year-old attempts to win Wimbledon for a record eighth time following a five-set defeat to Alcaraz in a thrilling men’s final last year. Follow updates from the Wimbledon draw below as well as latest news ahead of the tournament

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Ons Jabeur ready for Wimbledon return despite heartbreak in back-to-back finals

“I think it’s going to be a tough moment coming back, but also a nice moment,” Ons Jabeur told Sky Sports.

“The last time I walked off the court at Wimbledon, it was really sad and I was really crying, so I hope I don’t get those memories back

“But I’m really looking forward to playing at Wimbledon. It’s one of those places which is my own paradise.”

The women’s draw at Wimbledon is set to be wide open (Steven Paston/PA) (PA Archive)

Jack Rathborn28 June 2024 08:36

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Elena Rybakina pleased with form ahead of Wimbledon

With Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka having had little preparation on grass this season and injuries and illnesses wreaking havoc on the women’s tour, several players will be eyeing up Wimbledon as an opportunity for Grand Slam success.

Chief among the contenders is former champion Elena Rybakina, who has had a positive 2024, despite having to contend with illnesses throughout her campaign.

The big-serving Kazakh has won three titles in 2024 – Brisbane, Abu Dhabi and Stuttgart – and has recorded wins over top 10 players Swiatek, Sabalenka and Maria Sakkari.

“I’m really happy with the results this year,” Rybakina told reporters after her French Open quarter-final loss to eventual finalist Jasmine Paolini.

“I played so many matches. Also, good wins against top players. It’s a lot of ups and downs from my side, missing some events.

“I would like to play everything, but if the body is on the limit, I cannot do anything. For now I’m pretty happy.”

Jack Rathborn28 June 2024 08:24

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Aryna Sabalenka aims to make Wimbledon breakthrough

World number three Aryna Sabalenka will look to put the disappointment of two Wimbledon semi-final finishes behind her as she launches yet another bid to conquer the final frontier and win the first grasscourt title of her career.

“We just don’t play enough time on grass so I don’t have enough time to win a title,” the Belarusian told reporters this month, speaking ahead of her first-round win over Daria Kasatkina in Berlin.

“It’s not like I feel bad, I’ve made some good results on the grass and I feel really good. I think grass actually suits my game really well.

“So it’s not about the surface, it’s about the month of tournaments, the amount of opportunities that I have on a grass court.”

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Jack Rathborn28 June 2024 08:12

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Jannik Sinner becomes Italy’s first top seed at Wimbledon

Millions of Italians, long known for their obsession with soccer, are about to find themselves torn between following their beloved Azzurri at Euro 2024 and tuning into Wimbledon to root for Jannik Sinner, Italy’s first top seed in the tournament’s history.

Sinner, who this month snatched the world number one ranking from Novak Djokovic, geared up perfectly for the challenge when he won his first grasscourt trophy at Halle in Germany last weekend.

Yet while the ginger-haired 22-year-old is grabbing most of the headlines, he is only the tip of the iceberg in a much broader Italian tennis renaissance, with a flourishing grass roots movement and seven men in the world’s top 60.

That strength in depth is matched only by the United States, which has the same number of top-60 players, while France and Russia boast five and Argentina four.

The Italians on average are younger, however, ensuring a pool of talent for years to come. Of the nine Italian men in the top 100, six are between 20 and 23 years old.

The turnaround has been dramatic for a nation that has traditionally struggled to produce top tier performers. Until Sinner won this year’s Australian Open no Italian man had lifted a Grand Slam trophy since Adriano Panatta in Paris in 1976.

In 2010, the country still had no men in the world’s top 50 and only three in the top 100.

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Jack Rathborn28 June 2024 08:00

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Hannah Klugman, 15, misses out on Wimbledon main draw after qualifying defeat

One strikingly long row of makeshift grass tennis courts in the glistening surroundings of a south London public park. The £40m National Tennis Centre – with the luxury of year-round tennis courts – overlooking the scene, up the hill. Players on the periphery below the top-100 in the world slugging it out for one of 16 spots at The Championships next week. A serene environment, save for the agony and ecstasy of the players on court: welcome to the final day of Wimbledon qualifying.

It is a uniqueness to Wimbledon that qualifying does not take place at the site of the tournament, in order to save the grass courts wear and tear ahead of the fortnight. Instead, it takes place a few miles away in Roehampton at the aptly named ‘Wimbledon Qualifying and Community Sports Centre’, formerly the Bank of England Sports Centre. Look closer and you’ll see the likes of David Goffin and Richard Gasquet – both former top-10 players – grinding it out over the final round.

But amid that grind, there is no room for pedigree and stature: both lost in four sets.

Jack Rathborn27 June 2024 17:54

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Andy Murray offers mixed update on Wimbledon plans after spinal surgery

Jack Rathborn27 June 2024 17:54

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Jack Rathborn27 June 2024 17:53

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