Wimbledon makes a welcome return on Monday and everyone associated with tennis will be determined to make up for lost time with the iconic sporting event back after it was cancelled last summer due to the pandemic.

The first day should provide lots of excitement and there’s plenty of British interest, most notably two-time winner Andy Murray’s return to Centre Court after a four-year injury-hit absence.

As is tradition, defending champion (from 2019) Novak Djokovic gets things under way on Centre Court at 13:30 when he takes on British hopeful Jack Draper.

Not that many are giving the 19-year-old much hope of causing a sensational 25/1 first-day shock under the roof. Djokovic, who is the overall favourite at 4/5, is 1/125 to start with a win.

One of the Brits tipped to do well this year, though, is Dan Evans, who kicks off his tournament with a tricky clash against veteran Spanish left-hander Feliciano Lopez, with the duo due third on Court two, weather permitting.

Evans has had a decent 2021 so far, beating Djokovic in straight sets at the Monte Carlo Masters, where he reached his first Masters 1000 singles semi-final, while he also earlier picked up his first ATP Tour title at the Murray River Open in Melbourne.

Evans is 2/5 to start with a win, while Lopez is on offer at 15/8.

After British number one Johanna Konta pulled out when one of her team tested positive for coronavirus, there appears little hope of the home women going too far in the Grand Slam, but Katie Boulter is at least expected to get past Danielle Lao when they get under way on Court 17.

With showers predicted throughout the afternoon, it could be a disrupted first day at the All England Club, but any frustrations should be washed away with fans in attendance – albeit in reduced numbers to begin with – as those with a ticket and those watching at home revel in the fact that, after a year’s absence, Wimbledon is back.

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