Game, set and ready for Wimbledon

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We’ve had some pretty nice weather recently, but despite what the Met office may tell you, summer did not officially begin on June 1 – nope, as we all should be aware, the real start of summer is right here and now, when the first day’s play gets under way at the All England Club.

It really doesn’t get any better than this: strawberries and cream, Pimms and cucumber, over-diluted barley water, occasional downpours at inopportune moments and Cliff Richard singing impromptu sets –these are all elements that combine to make the British Summer so Great. Oh, and a healthy dose of tennis, too, of course.

For the most part, they will likely feature over the coming weeks in varying degrees, too – although you may have to supply your own Cliff CDs, as the chances of him repeating his 1996 centre court rendition of Summer Holiday are pretty slim. But that shouldn’t stop you from loading up on strawbs and getting ready for what is always the highlight of the sporting calendar.

Even with the World Cup in full swing, it’s hard to overshadow Wimbledon – especially since last year saw British hero Andy Murray take the Men’s Singles crown (the first time in 77 years a Brit has done so). Hopes will once again be high for the Scot, who starts out seeded No 3 in the tournament.

Today sees Murray take to the SW19 courts, against David Goffin, for the first time since that victory, and he’s bound to be the main draw for a lot of attendees and viewers at home – but he’s far from the only one to watch.

The day’s events feature the opening first-round matches for both the men’s and ladies’ singles, and the fortnight on the famous grass courts produced many memorable events and a whole host of drama last year.

Along with Murray, Roger Federer will be hoping to book his place in round two with the minimum of fuss – just like he did last year, when the then-defending champ showed his customary grace and flair to record a 6-3, 6-2, 6-0 win over Victor Hanescu.

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