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Wimbledon 2015: Latest news on Day 1

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Day 1 of Wimbledon.
    6/29/2015 8:50:47 AM
    Play is due to get under way at 11.30am with action on the show courts beginning at 1pm. In the meantime, here's today's top stories...
    6/29/2015 8:51:29 AM

    Order of play for the opening day at Wimbledon

    The IndependentThe opening day of Wimbledon 2015 sees defending champion Novak Djokovic in action on Centre Court as he begins his campaign against Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber, while British hopes lie with Heather Watson, Johanna Konta and siblings Naomi and Liam Broady.
    6/29/2015 8:51:50 AM

    Wimbledon 2015: Andy Murray tests himself with practice games against Rafael Nadal

    The IndependentThe build-up to Wimbledon has been longer than ever for Andy Murray but for the Scot there is at last only one day to go. Twenty-four hours after Novak Djokovic plays the traditional opening match on Centre Court this afternoon as defending champion, it will be Murray’s turn to open his campaign against Mikhail Kukushkin.
    6/29/2015 9:15:00 AM

    Wimbledon spectators prepare for 33C heatwave

    The IndependentWimbledon is set to be hit by a heatwave this week with temperatures predicted to reach 33C on Wednesday.
    6/29/2015 9:30:00 AM

    Wimbledon 2015 - Novak Djokovic: yes, I communicate with Boris Becker, but you can't call it cheating

    The IndependentNovak Djokovic will play the opening match on Centre Court here this afternoon, but as he takes on Philipp Kohlschreiber the defending champion’s coach, Boris Becker, will be just as much a focus of attention.
    6/29/2015 9:45:00 AM

    Wimbledon 2015: Andy Murray uses psychiatrist to help him to 'genuinely enjoy' playing tennis

    The IndependentAndy Murray has employed a psychiatrist as part of his efforts to rediscover how to “genuinely enjoy” playing competitive tennis, the star revealed ahead of the beginning of Wimbledon.
    6/29/2015 10:00:00 AM

    Maria Sharapova interview: World No 4 still sweet on SW19

    The IndependentMaria Sharapova hopes that retirement is still a long way off but when she does finally put her rackets away she knows what will occupy most of her time. The 2004 Wimbledon champion, who faces Britain’s Jo Konta on Centre Court here today, expects that Sugarpova, the confectionery business she set up four years ago, “will be my main job” when she swaps tennis dresses for business suits.
    6/29/2015 10:15:00 AM

    Music fan Konta stays relaxed about sharing stage with superstar

    The IndependentJo Konta was expecting to “sleep like a baby” last night and was certainly anticipating a quieter evening than she had enjoyed 24 hours earlier. The British No 2, who faces Maria Sharapova on Centre Court this afternoon in the biggest match of her career, spent Saturday evening at Taylor Swift’s concert in Hyde Park.
    6/29/2015 10:30:00 AM

    Watson excited by home challenge but Garcia escapes French burden

    The IndependentHeather Watson and Caroline Garcia, who meet in the last match on No 3 Court this afternoon, have very different attitudes to playing in their home Grand Slam tournaments. Garcia, the world No 33 and arguably France’s most exciting prospect, has come to dread competing on the main show court at Roland Garros, while Watson “loves every aspect” of playing at Wimbledon.
    6/29/2015 10:45:00 AM

    The crowds have arrived...

    6/29/2015 10:47:11 AM

    A view of 'The Queue' at Wimbledon this morning. In many other countries this simply wouldn't work.

    6/29/2015 10:57:42 AM

    Bollettieri: Kohlschreiber has a puncher's chance but Djokovic will have used his break well

    The IndependentThere are 32 seeds in Grand Slam tournaments, so I guess you could argue Novak Djokovic is pretty unlucky to be drawn against the world No 33 in the first round of his title defence today. Hell, until he’s got the match out of the way I wouldn’t recommend he buys any lottery tickets.
    6/29/2015 11:00:00 AM

    It's the stroke of champions - so why is the single-handed backhand on the way out?

    The IndependentAt Wimbledon this year, one thing is certain: single-handed backhands won't be that easy to spot. There are some (very) high-profile exceptions: seven-times winner Roger Federer famously plays his backhand single-handed, as does his Swiss compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka (owner of probably the most lethal topspin backhand in tennis). At Roland Garros in Paris a few weeks ago, Wawrinka pulled off an unexpected triumph, beating world number one Novak Djokovic in the final of the French Open. Inevitably, his victory prompted questions about the single-hander's future: was this a glimpse of a possible resurgence for the one-handed backhand, the most glorious shot in tennis, or a mere death throe?
    6/29/2015 11:15:00 AM

    Wimbledon 2015: John McEnroe calls on organisers to silence court mikes

    The IndependentIt is doubtful whether his employers over the next fortnight at the BBC would agree, but John McEnroe believes the use of on-court microphones is unfair on players, whose bad language can be broadcast worldwide.
    6/29/2015 11:30:00 AM

    Wimbledon 2015: Judy Murray eager to leave junior girls legacy

    The IndependentThe focus may be on Andy Murray over the next fortnight, but tennis fans know the huge debt they owe to his mum, Judy, who has produced not one but two Wimbledon champions (elder son Jamie won the mixed doubles with Jelena Jankovic in 2007). Judy coached both her sons when they were young and is Great Britain’s Fed Cup captain, but is also developing the grass-roots game with independent initiatives.
    6/29/2015 11:45:00 AM
    And we're off: Djokovic serves first...
    6/29/2015 12:09:55 PM
    The first game in the bag for Djokovic who serves a couple of aces to take it.

    There's a little bird on the court now who seems to be taking all the crowds attention...
    6/29/2015 12:13:16 PM
    Over on Court 1, Serena Williams has been broken in her first game, it's the beginning of the end...
    6/29/2015 12:19:06 PM
    Djokovic also broke Kohlschreiber at the first attempt, this could be a quick afternoon's work.
    6/29/2015 12:19:57 PM

    Women's Singles 1st rd:
    Coco Vandeweghe (USA) bt Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Svk) 6-4 6-2
    Timea Babos (Hun) bt Petra Cetkovska (Cze) 7-6 (7-4) 6-3

    Men's Singles 1st rd: 
    (26) Nick Kyrgios (Aus) bt Diego Sebastian Schwartzman (Arg) 6-0 6-2 7-6 (8-6)

    6/29/2015 12:22:59 PM
    Djokovic having a bit of early trouble here, he's tied up at 3-3, while Serena is down 3-2.

    6/29/2015 12:36:58 PM

    Wimbledon 2015: Blue tit steals the show while Novak Djokovic plays as BBC make early gaffe with replay sign

    The IndependentIt's day one of Wimbledon. That most British of sporting events.
    6/29/2015 12:38:29 PM
    Yep, somehow a Blue Tit has stolen the show:
    6/29/2015 12:38:38 PM

    Mens Singles 1st rnd:
    (16) David Goffin (Bel) bt Horacio Zeballos (Arg) 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 6-1

    Womens Singles 1st rnd:
    (11) Karolina Pliskova (Cze) bt Irina Falconi (USA) 6-4 4-6 6-1
    Kirsten Flipkens (Bel) bt Annika Beck (Ger) 0-6 6-3 6-4
    Zarina Diyas (Kaz) bt (24) Flavia Pennetta (Ita) 6-3 2-6 6-4

    6/29/2015 12:41:16 PM
    Some more serious news from Chris Green, Senior Reporter: 

    Police have increased security at Wimbledon this year amid heightened fears of a terrorist attack during the tournament.

    Scotland Yard said changes had been made to policing plans for this year’s tournament given that the UK’s official terror threat level is currently set at “severe”, meaning that an attack is regarded as “highly likely”.

    Extra officers will be on patrol at the Championships, some of whom will be in plain clothes, the Met said. A “highly mobile reserve unit is also ready to respond to any “emerging incidents”, the force added.

    The tournament began yesterday, only a few days after dozens of British holidaymakers were killed as they sunbathed on a beach in Tunisia. The UK is also preparing to mark the 10th anniversary of the 7/7 terrorist bombings next week.

    Some journalists were sent through airport-style security scanners before Wimbledon got under way yesterday morning, a process which had previously not been required. But a Wimbledon spokesman said this had been an error and that security procedures had not changed.

    “The safety of everybody at The Championships is of the utmost importance,” he added. “We work closely with the Metropolitan Police Service to ensure The Championships are secure. We make comprehensive plans in advance but continually update them depending on the threat level.
    6/29/2015 12:44:09 PM

    Mens Singles 1st rnd:
    (9) Marin Cilic (Cro) bt Hiroki Moriya (Jpn) 6-3 6-2 7-6 (7-4)

    6/29/2015 12:46:51 PM
    Djokovic has set point... 
    6/29/2015 12:53:48 PM
    SET: Djokovic 1 Kohlschreiber 0

    Well that was a bit more difficult than expected, but the defending champion eventually takes the first set after breaking the Swiss' serve. Kohlscreiber had a couple of errors as that wore on as well.
    6/29/2015 12:55:20 PM

    The History of Wimbledon, according to Chris (Simpsons artist)

    The Independent1945 - tennis is accidentally invented by geoffrey tennis in his back garden while throwing a plum at the back of his wife annettes head as she slept on the grass
    6/29/2015 12:56:04 PM
    Something from left of Centre Court, if you will, below....
    6/29/2015 12:56:32 PM

    Andy Murray at Wimbledon 2015, day one

    The IndependentEach day, The Independent's tennis correspondent, Paul Newman, will be charting the progress of Great Britain's best hope at Wimbledon, Andy Murray.
    6/29/2015 12:58:27 PM
    The Beeb keep cutting to that Blue Tit. Rufus the Hawk was meant to be keeping these pesky birds away.
    6/29/2015 1:00:05 PM
    The only Briton in action right now, Liam Broady is still fighting for survival over on Court 18.

    He's two sets to one down but 2-1 up in set four against Matosevic, a man ranked 43 places higher in the rankings.

    Come on, Liam!
    6/29/2015 1:01:01 PM
    Serena Williams has also had a bit of difficulty today, she was broken in her very first game, but has come back to win the first set against Margarita Gasparyan 6-4.
    6/29/2015 1:04:00 PM

    Mens Singles 1st rnd:
    (32) Dominic Thiem (Aut) bt Dudi Sela (Isr) 2-6 6-3 6-4 6-4
    Marcel Granollers (Spa) bt Janko Tipsarevic (Ser) 6-3 6-4 6-2
    6/29/2015 1:09:29 PM

    Djokovic on his way to winning his first set (Getty Images) 

    6/29/2015 1:10:27 PM
    Serena Williams appears to have awoken from her slumber and is loking much more comfortable in the second set, has racing into a 3-0 lead.
    6/29/2015 1:13:43 PM
    However, Serena is really being made to work by Gasparyan. The five-time Wimbledon Champion has already saved six break points and can count herself slightly lucky to hold a  4-1 lead now. 

    6/29/2015 1:21:38 PM
    Briton Liam Broady is really playing well and has just won the fourth set 6-2 to take it level to 2-2. Matosevic doesn't know what has hit him in the last half an hour or so, great stuff from the youngster!
    6/29/2015 1:23:28 PM

    Liam Broady has fought back from 2-0 down to level 2-2 (Getty Images) 

    6/29/2015 1:24:26 PM
    Meanwhile on Centre, Djokovic has edged in frot to 5-4 against Kohlschreiber in the second set
    6/29/2015 1:26:18 PM
    Just a little reminder for you all that Maria Sharapova, Stan Wawrinka and Heather Watson are all in action later today.


    6/29/2015 1:27:56 PM
    Novak Djokovic gets a hearty round of applause from a packed centre court as he wins the second set, 6-4. 
    6/29/2015 1:34:22 PM

    Mens Doubles 1st rnd:
    (3) Vasek Pospisil (Can) & Jack Sock (USA) bt Samuel Groth (Aus) & Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukr) 5-7 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-3) 6-1

    6/29/2015 1:34:40 PM
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