Wimbledon 2023: Andy Murray claims, “I’m in the best shape in half a decade”
Location: All England Club Dates: 3-16 July
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British tennis legend, Andy Murray, believes he’s still “among the world’s best on grass courts,” as he’s set to kick off his Wimbledon campaign this Tuesday.
The 36-year-old dual Wimbledon champion of 2013 and 2016 is scheduled to face 27-year-old British wildcard, Ryan Peniston.
Day two of the tournament also sees 2022 women’s champion Elena Rybakina and finalist Ons Jabeur back in action. Men’s top seed Carlos Alcaraz, along with British wildcards Arthur Fery and George Loffhagen, will also be competing despite tough draws.
Fery and Loffhagen will be making their Wimbledon debuts, taking on Russian third seed Daniil Medvedev and Danish sixth seed Holger Rune respectively.
The day will also pay homage to eight-time champion Roger Federer, with a special ceremony at Centre Court. The Swiss maestro, who retired last year at the age of 41, will be honored before play commences around 13:15 BST.
‘I See No Reason Why I Can’t Have a Successful Tournament’
Marking the 10th anniversary of his first Wimbledon singles’ title, Murray remains optimistic about his abilities on the grass court.
“Given my physical condition and successful preparation, I am confident that I can have a great tournament,” Murray said.
Murray, who hasn’t advanced past the third round in a Grand Slam since 2017, opted to forego the French Open in May to focus on grass-court training. Despite a defeat at Queen’s Club to Australian Alex de Minaur, Murray remains optimistic about his chances, even though he may face fifth-seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round.
Murray is set to face world number 268 Peniston, who is participating in his second Wimbledon after reaching the second round in 2022.
Carlos Alcaraz, 20, is set to face 36-year-old French veteran Jeremy Chardy, and British number one Cameron Norrie, last year’s semi-finalist, will play against 22-year-old Tomas Machac from the Czech Republic.
Elena Rybakina is keen to replicate her 2022 victory after a disrupted preparation due to illness. Despite a limited number of matches on grass and her withdrawal from the French Open, Rybakina is optimistic.
British wildcards Heather Watson and Sonay Kartal face challenging opponents against Czech 10th seed Barbora Krejcikova and 25th seed Madison Keys respectively.
Other notable matches include sixth seed Jabeur playing Poland’s Magdalena Frech, and second seed Aryna Sabalenka, who missed the 2022 competition due to a ban on Belarusian and Russian players, facing Hungary’s Panna Udvardy.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Wimbledon 2023
When will Wimbledon 2023 take place?
Wimbledon 2023 will be held from July 3 to July 16 at the All England Club.
Who are the key players in action on day two of Wimbledon 2023?
Key players in action on day two include Andy Murray, Elena Rybakina, Carlos Alcaraz, and British wildcard Ryan Peniston, among others.
What special event is taking place on Centre Court on the second day?
An honorary ceremony for eight-time champion Roger Federer, who retired from tennis last year, is scheduled on Centre Court on day two.
Who are the potential challenging opponents for British wildcards Arthur Fery and George Loffhagen?
Arthur Fery and George Loffhagen, who are making their Wimbledon debuts, will face challenging opponents in the form of Russian third seed Daniil Medvedev and Danish sixth seed Holger Rune respectively.
Who is the men’s number one player in action on day two?
Carlos Alcaraz, the men’s number one seed, will be playing on day two of Wimbledon 2023.
Who is Andy Murray scheduled to play in the first round?
Andy Murray is set to face 27-year-old British wildcard, Ryan Peniston, in the first round of Wimbledon 2023.
How can I follow Wimbledon 2023 live?
Wimbledon 2023 will be broadcast live across BBC TV, radio, and online platforms including BBC iPlayer, the Sport News Center website, the Sport News Center mobile app, and the Red Button.