Wimbledon 2012 gets underway

The world famous grass tennis tournament begins today and many British fans will be hoping that Andy Murray will manage to put in a strong performance to take the title.

Tuesday will see Murray play Nikolay Davydenko in the first round and he is seeded to meet Rafael Nadal if they both make it to the semi-final stage. Murray has succeeded in making it that far in the tournament for the last three years but it may be a tough ask for him to meet Nedal given the Scot’s recent form.

However, the world number four is confident that he will do well at his favourite venue.

“Practice has been good, though. I’ve trained well. Each day I’ve felt a bit better on the grass. Hopefully I’ll feel good on Tuesday,” said Murray.

He added: “I always feel good going into the slams, especially the last few years, because that’s what I’ve been trying to peak for and trying to play my best tennis at.

“Sometimes I might not have played my best in other tournaments because of it. I need to do a better job of trying to play my best all the time throughout the year.”

Fans of tennis enjoying romantic London getaways over the next fortnight may like to see if they can pick up some tickets for the key matches. Wimbledon is one of the more unusual sporting events in that spectators can still purchase entry on the day – although it may mean queuing for a long time.

The world number one Novak Djokovic will take on Spain’s Juan Carlos Ferrero on Monday in the first match of this year’s tournament on the famous centre court. While the women’s number one seed Maria Sharapova will play her opening match against Anastasia Rodionova of Russia.

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