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

WIMBLEDON DRAW: Emma Raducanu faces a tough 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 will face Australian James Duckworth in the first round
  • The former Wimbledon champion avoided a draw against a seeded opponent
  • Emma Raducanu will face World No. 61 Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium
  • US Open champion recovers from side injury ahead of next week

Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu are set for a double bill on day one of Wimbledon – but only if the US Open champion can prove her fitness this weekend.

Their halves of the draw will be played on Monday, but doubts remain over whether Raducanu can make it to center court.

On Friday, she trained in the morning but skipped her session on Court No. 1 in the afternoon. Whether she can properly serve with the remnants of a lateral strain is an issue, and rules are in place that discourage players from competing with a pre-existing injury.

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

Andy Murray dodged a top-seeded opponent in the first round as he takes on James Duckworth

Andy Murray dodged a top-seeded opponent in the first round as he takes on James Duckworth

If she opted out, she would get 50% of the first-round loser’s prize of £50,000. His representatives would not say whether the tension had worsened. Another update is expected on Saturday.

Raducanu received one of the toughest draws when he was paired with World No. 46 Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium in the first round.

Murray will face Australian James Duckworth, world number 77 in the ATP, in his opening match.

Reigning men’s champion Novak Djokovic was among the big names who felt Friday’s draw treated them with kindness.

Murray could be set for a stern second-round test against John Isner if both men advance

Murray could be set for a stern second-round test against John Isner if both men advance

A bonus for the 35-year-old Serb, who faces Korean Kwon Soon-woo in the first round, is that he was kept well clear of Matteo Berrettini, the No. 8 seed who reached the final there. a year ago.

The Italian is due to meet Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals, but Djokovic’s scheduled opponent in the last four is Hubert Hurkacz, the Pole who beat Roger Federer in the quarter-finals last year. Of the 17 British players in the home singles contingent, none drew a seed.

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are the two seeds for the men's side of the tournament

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are the two seeds for the men’s side of the tournament

Serena Williams could have the chance to play in the tournament herself, with just two doubles matches at Eastbourne this week behind her.

The seven-time Wimbledon champion starts against France’s No. 113 Harmony Tan and would love her chances of beating 32nd seed Sara Sorribes Tormo in the second round. Williams could then face last year’s runner-up Karolina Pliskova, although before that the Czech may have to face Britain’s Katie Boulter, who beat her on the South Coast this week.

Serena Williams returns without having played since last year's championships

Serena Williams returns without having played since last year’s championships

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