Andy Murray draws James Duckworth in the first-round at Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON DRAW: Emma Raducanu faces a tricky opener against Belgian Alison van Uytvanck – but avoids unstoppable Iga Swiatek in the top half of the draw, as Andy Murray is paired with Australia’s James Duckworth

  • Britain’s Andy Murray will face Australian James Duckworth in the first round 
  • The former Wimbledon champion avoided a draw against a seeded opponent 
  •  Emma Raducanu will face World No 61 Alison Van Uytvanck from Belgium
  • The US Open champion is recovering from a sidestrain injury ahead of next week

Emma Raducanu faces a tricky start to her Wimbledon aspirations as she faces Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck in the opening round.

The US Open champion though avoided the same side of the draw as unstoppable top seed Iga Swiatek, and could face fellow Brit, Yuriko Miyazaki, in the second round if they are both to progress. 

Former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray avoided a draw against a seeded opponent in the first round of this year’s tournament, as he will take on Australian James Duckworth.

Emma Raducanu will play Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck as long as he is fit to play next week

Andy Murray has avoided a seeded opponent in the first round as he plays James Duckworth

The 2013 winner faces the prospect of a potential second-round meeting against John Isner – who reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon back in 2018.  

Raducanu is working hard to recover from a sidestrain injury which has kept her out of recent tournaments.

The Number 10 seed beat 28-year-old Van Uytvanck, ranked 61 in the world, the last time they played in Chicago – one month before she won the US Open. 

Murray could be set for a stern test in the second round against John Isner if both men advance

Number one seed Novak Djokovic will kickstart his push for another trophy at Wimbledon when he takes on Soonwoo Kwon on Centre Court on Monday. 

Second seed Rafael Nadal, who is set to make his first appearance at Wimbledon since 2019, faces Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo. 

British wild card Paul Jubb was given a standout first-round match against Nick Kyrgios, while in-form Jack Draper will open his campaign against Belgian wild card Zizou Bergs, who won the recent Challenger tournament in Ilkley.

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are the top two seeds on the men’s side of the tournament

Serena Williams makes her comeback having not played since last year’s championships

Katie Boulter, who has been in excellent form on the grass, faces France’s Clara Burel while debutante Sonay Kartal meets Danka Kovinic and has the carrot of a potential second-round match against Swiatek.

Serena Williams will make her Wimbledon comeback meanwhile against Harmony Tan of France.

The 23-time grand slam singles champion is unseeded having not played a competitive singles match since limping out of last year’s Championships with a hamstring injury.

Top seed Swiatek opens her campaign against Croatian qualifier Jana Fett. The Polish star is coming off her success at the French Open.

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