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Wimbledon: Andy Murray draws Australian James Duckworth in the first round

WIMBLEDON tie: Emma Raducanu faces a tricky opener against Belgian Alison van Uytvanck – but avoids the unstoppable Iga Swiatek in the top half of the draw as Andy Murray is paired with Australian James Duckworth

  • Briton Andy Murray takes on Australian James Duckworth in the first round
  • The former Wimbledon champion avoided a draw against a seeded opponent
  • Emma Raducanu takes on World No. 61 Alison Van Uytvanck from Belgium
  • The US Open champion will recover from a side injury next week

Former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray avoided a draw against a seeded opponent in the first round of this year’s tournament as he faces Australian James Duckworth.

The 2013 winner faces the prospect of a possible second round meeting against John Isner – who reached the Wimbledon semi-finals in 2018.

Emma Raducanu, meanwhile, will play Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck in the opening round, provided she is fit to play while recovering from a side injury.

Andy Murray has avoided a seeded opponent in the first round while playing James Duckworth

Andy Murray has avoided a seeded opponent in the first round while playing James Duckworth

Emma Raducanu will play Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck as long as he is fit enough to play next week

Emma Raducanu will play Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck as long as he is fit enough to play next week

Number 10 seed Raducanu defeated the 28-year-old Belgian in 61st place in the world when they last played in Chicago – a month before she won the US Open.

She was drawn to the bottom half of the draw, avoiding the same section as top class Iga Swiatek.

Raducanu could face another British player, Yuriko Miyazaki, in the second round, with Katie Swan also in the same section.

Murray could be tested against John Isner in the second round if both men go through

Murray could be tested against John Isner in the second round if both men go through

Number one Novak Djokovic will kickstart his pursuit of a new trophy at Wimbledon when he takes on Soonwoo Kwon at Center Court on Monday.

Second-seeded Rafael Nadal, who will appear at Wimbledon for the first time since 2019, will face Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo.

British wildcard Paul Jubb got a standout first round match against Nick Kyrgios, while in-form Jack Draper will open his campaign against Belgian wildcard Zizou Bergs, who won the recent Challenger tournament in Ilkley.

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are the two best seeded men in the tournament

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are the two best seeded men in the tournament

Serena Williams makes her comeback after not playing since last year's championships

Serena Williams makes her comeback after not playing since last year’s championships

Katie Boulter, who is in excellent form on the grass, takes on France’s Clara Burel, while debutante Sonay Kartal meets Danka Kovinic and has the root of a potential second round match against Swiatek.

Serena Williams, meanwhile, is making her comeback at Wimbledon against Harmony Tan from France.

The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion is unseeded and has not played a competitive singles game since stumbling out of the championships last year with a hamstring injury.

Top class player Iga Swiatek opens her campaign against Croatian qualifier Jana Fett.

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