Top seed Andy Murray will open Centre Court play on the first day of Wimbledon, seeking to make history again at the 131st Wimbledon Championships.
Murray suggests that although he has suffered from a hip injury, being fit to play implies “dispatching” Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik.
Murray and his wife, Kim Sears are expecting their second child which he is “looking forward to”. It will also be an extra incentive to make it a tournament to remember says AFP.
Serena Williams will be absent, awaiting the birth of her first child. Meanwhile, her sister, Venus Williams heads into her 20th Wimbledon burdened by being involved in a fatal car crash whereupon the 78-year-old passenger of the other car suffered head injuries in the collision and died.
However, according to BBC Sport, the focus will be aimed at Murray who hopes to add to his 2013 and 2016 victories. He remains aware of potential threats such as 2008 and 2010 champion Rafael Nadal, who will enter his 50th match at Wimbledon. Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic are included in Murray’s opponents to watch out for.
As cited by BBC Sport, Murray mentions: "I don't feel like I'm coming in trying to defend something.
"I'm going out there trying to win Wimbledon again. I want to try to win the competition.
"Maybe it adds a little bit of extra pressure. Maybe a few more nerves, especially at this Slam with the way the scheduling is, that you're the first one out there on Centre Court.”
AFP adds that Murray is looking to become the first British player to defend a Grand Slam title since Fred Perry won Wimbledon from 1934-36.