Novak Djokovic aims to equate Roger Federer’s achievement of eight men’s singles titles at Wimbledon
Location: All England Club Dates: July 3-16
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Wimbledon 2023 is set to commence on Monday, with reigning men’s singles champion Novak Djokovic initiating the Centre Court actions.
Djokovic, who is on the quest for an eighth Wimbledon men’s title, will face off against Pedro Cachin from Argentina at 13:30 BST.
Nick Kyrgios, last year’s finalist, unfortunately had to withdraw due to a wrist injury. He was to compete against Belgium’s David Goffin.
The first match on Court One features Iga Swiatek, women’s world number one and top seed, against Zhu Lin from China (13:00 BST).
Seventh seed Coco Gauff, who lost in the Eastbourne semi-finals last Friday, is set to play against fellow American and former Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin in the last planned match on Court One.
Following Djokovic on Centre Court is an enticing match between five-time champion Venus Williams, who is competing in the women’s singles at Wimbledon for the 24th time at 43, and 2019 semi-finalist Elina Svitolina.
The day’s Centre Court proceedings will conclude with men’s eighth seed Jannik Sinner against Juan Manuel Cerundolo of Argentina.
Six British players are to compete in the singles on day one, with Dan Evans and Katie Swan playing their respective first-round matches on Court Two.
Serbia’s Djokovic, a four-time Wimbledon champion, is vying to tie Roger Federer’s record of eight victories in the men’s singles at the All England Club.
Securing victory at SW19 would take the 36-year-old to 24 Grand Slam singles titles, equaling the current record held by Margaret Court.
Djokovic, the second seed, expressed pride and enthusiasm at this achievement. He said, “Part of me is very, very proud and very thrilled to be able to be in this position and have 23 Slams,” and added that he intends to seize every Grand Slam opportunity he gets while in good health and high spirits.
His first-round adversary Cachin is making his first appearance in the main draw at Wimbledon and is ranked 67th globally.
Iga Swiatek, who recently won her fourth Grand Slam singles title at the French Open, will commence her title quest on Court One. She is yet to make a quarter-final appearance in her previous three appearances at Wimbledon.
Swiatek revealed that she had to withdraw from her semi-final match at the Bad Homburg Open due to a stomach ache but is confident about her readiness for the tournament.
On Monday, British players Dan Evans and Katie Swan are among those to watch. Evans, who faced an early defeat at Queen’s last month, said he is now in a “decent space” ahead of his first-round match against Quentin Halys of France. He is due to play fourth on Court Two, immediately following Swan’s match against 14th seed Belinda Bencic in the women’s event.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Wimbledon 2023 Preview
Who is seeking to match Roger Federer’s record of eight men’s singles titles at Wimbledon 2023?
Novak Djokovic is attempting to match Roger Federer’s record by winning his eighth men’s singles title at Wimbledon 2023.
Who is Djokovic’s first opponent at Wimbledon 2023?
Djokovic’s first-round opponent at Wimbledon 2023 is Pedro Cachin from Argentina.
Which player had to withdraw due to a wrist injury?
Nick Kyrgios, who was last year’s runner-up, had to withdraw from Wimbledon 2023 due to a wrist injury.
Who is the women’s world number one player participating in Wimbledon 2023?
The women’s world number one player participating in Wimbledon 2023 is Iga Swiatek.
How many British players are participating in singles on day one of Wimbledon 2023?
Six British players are participating in singles matches on day one of Wimbledon 2023.
Who is the current record holder for the most Grand Slam singles titles?
The current record for the most Grand Slam singles titles is held by Margaret Court, with 24 titles.
Who is Iga Swiatek’s first opponent at Wimbledon 2023?
Iga Swiatek’s first opponent at Wimbledon 2023 is Zhu Lin from China.