Wimbledon 2016 kicked off today, June 27th, at the All England Club in London, with the first matches involving the top half of the men’s and bottom half of the women’s draw.
Among the Brits taking part in the action, we can mention James and Alexander Ward, Laura Robson, Kyle Edmund and Marcus Willis.
For Day 1 of the tournament, Wimbledon tradition dictates that the defending champion must open play on Centre Court, so Novak Djokovic and Garbine Muguruza are the main attractions of the day as far as contenders are concerned.
Novak Djokovic, who is currently ranked world No.1 in men’s singles tennis, has faced local player James Ward in the opening round, with a 6-0 7-6 result for the first two sets.
On the other hand, 2016 French Open champion and 2015 Wimbledon runner-up Muguruza will play against Camila Giorgi, who is a force to be reckoned with. But the most anticipated match of the day is that between Laura Robson and Aussie Open champion Angelique Kerber.
British fans of the sport put their hopes on Andy Murray, wondering whether his recent win at Queen’s might be interpreted as an omen of things to come. On the women’s side, the clear favourite of the tournament is Serena Williams.
If you’re curious about the prize money the players are competing for, know that the estimated award this year will amount to a whopping £28.1 million. Besides that, All England Club will reward the champions of the Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ Singles with no less than £2 million each.