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Wimbledon fans prepare for two weeks of tennis action

Novak Djokovic will begin the defence of his 2018 Wimbledon title on Centre Court as this year’s tournament gets under way in south-west London.

Fresher temperatures and sunny spells are expected as the Serbian’s bid for a fifth championships in SW19 kicks off against German Philipp Kohlschreiber at 1pm.

On No 1 Court, five-time Wimbledon winner Venus Williams will go head to head with Cori Gauff, who is not only a fellow American but also the youngest player to come through qualifying in the Open era.

At just 15, Gauff is 24 years younger than her opponent.

Fan favourite Andy Murray will also be returning to the hallowed grass courts for the first time since 2017 later this week, but only as a doubles player.

After fears that his tennis career could be over, hip surgery has allowed the Scot to gradually return to action.

He will join French partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert against Romania’s Marius Copil and Ugo Humbert of France as the men’s doubles competition gets under way.

There is a chance that Murray could face his brother Jamie, playing with fellow Briton Neal Skupski, in the third round.