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Andy will be the top seed for the first time at Wimbledon and has been preparing the defence of his second Wimbledon men's singles title on site since the middle of last week. On Monday he hit with rising Canadian star Denis Shapovalov. To continue his preparations and get some match practice on grass before The Championships get underway on Monday 3rd July, Andy will play against Lucas Pouille at the Hurlingham club in west London on Tuesday 27th June, and is also expected to play on Friday 30th June.


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The top eight seeds are expected to be:

1. Andy Murray
2. Novak Djokovic
3. Roger Federer
4. Rafa Nadal
5. Stan Wawrinka
6. Milos Raonic
7. Marin Cilic
8. Dominic Thiem

After winning his ninth Halle title Federer is currently considered by the bookies and the pundits to be the favourite for the 2017 title. Others believe Nadal - who won his La Decima at Roland Garros earlier this month - to be favourite for the title, but he has failed to get past the fourth round at The Championships since recaching the final in 2011, and he has shown himself to be vulnerable against big serving, all court players in the early rounds.

Queen's finalist Maric Cilic is playing clean tennis, and is showing some improvement to his return of serve - which let him down badly in crucial moments against Federer in the quarterfinal last year. Feliciano Lopez, who finally got his name on the historic Queen's trophy on Sunday could be a dangerous fourth round opponent, while there are a range of potentially difficult third and fourth round opponents including Gilles Muller, Juan Martin Del Potro, Richard Gasquet, Mischa Zverev and Sam Querrey.


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A week on Monday Andy will repeat the walk he made three years ago when he entered Centre Court as defending champion, still struggling with fitness and confidence in his body and his backhand following his return from back surgery, and perhaps also fatigued from an unexpected, and difficult, run to the semifinals of Roland Garros. He played good tennis for the first week, but lost in a flat match against the then Queen's champion Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals. Back then Andy was struggling with his serve, as he is now, and lacked the confidence to attack against opponents in seemingly better form. Dimitrov was expected to soar after that win, but aside from an excellent semifinal against Nadal in Melbourne earlier this year he has failed to shine at the biggest tournaments.

Andy by contrast worked hard to regain his game and his confidence, he made improvements to his strengths as well as his weaknesses, he took huge strides on clay and won theee titles in the space of thirteen months, he lead Great Britain to the Davis Cup title for the first time in 79 years, won a second Wimbledon, a second Olympic gold medal, and patiently climbed higher up the rankings before reaching the summit.

That number one ranking is at risk - Nadal or Wawrinka could take it from him in the next two weeks, or others come the US Open hard court swing and beyond, but Andy might be content to relinquish it, happy that he has at the very least been number one. Right now his sights are set on one trophy and nothing else.


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[ Last edit by amongsttheleaves June 27, 2017, 12:07 pm ] IP Logged
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Andy has been number one for 34 weeks and will hold it for at least 37 even if he gets knocked out in the first round at Wimbledon. That puts him at 15th out of the 26 men who have ever been number one and only 3 weeks short of 14th.
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Can anybody help?
I'm hoping to camp for tickets for the first Monday [so will definitely see Andy].
Can anyone advise how early I need to get there on the Sunday morning to be in the first 500? I think the Park opens about 8a.m. on the Sunday - are there any timing restrictions on queueing outside the Park before 8?

(Thanks for any advice - I'd hate to miss out)
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@ATL - Many thanks for the informative and very fair intro.  As usual I've steered clear of the inevitable pundits, my main hope being that the extra bit of time since his Queens' exit plus his two exho matches will have the desired effect of improving his game and his confidence.
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Can anybody help?
I'm hoping to camp for tickets for the first Monday [so will definitely see Andy].
Can anyone advise how early I need to get there on the Sunday morning to be in the first 500? I think the Park opens about 8a.m. on the Sunday - are there any timing restrictions on queueing outside the Park before 8?

(Thanks for any advice - I'd hate to miss out)
Not really sure but go to the Wimbledon site and there's a 17 page PDF Guide just on the Queue.  For Centre Court I suspect you need to be there at least 24 hours before and probably 48 hours I'm afraid.  The first people in the queue will inevitably snap up Centre Court tickets.  But, even if you get just a Grounds pass you still watch Andy on the big screen on the Hill.
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Not really sure but go to the Wimbledon site and there's a 17 page PDF Guide just on the Queue.  For Centre Court I suspect you need to be there at least 24 hours before and probably 48 hours I'm afraid.  The first people in the queue will inevitably snap up Centre Court tickets.  But, even if you get just a Grounds pass you still watch Andy on the big screen on the Hill.

Thanks for replying Mackem.
Not sure I feel up to adding to the tension of Andy's matches with the tension of trying to be in the first 500 for Centre Court!! Seems such pot luck.
Though as you say, to watch from the Hill is the next best thing.

But the absolute main thing I can do is to send only positive vibes to Andy. Hope he gets a great start and is able to play his way back into form. cmonandy
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Andy has withdrawn from his match at Hurlingham today as a precaution - he has a sore hip and it is forecast to rain a lot later. Still expected to play on Friday.
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There are two chances of Andy winning Wimbledon and that is none and absolutely none I am afraid.In fact I don't think  he will  get past the first week .But would love to be proved wrong by him .
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Christ now what? Hip injury, is there some kind of voodoo curse at play here....
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Andy's manager said 'sore hip' not 'injured hip'.

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Sore, injured, whatever...it's just more issues he could well do without. I'm hoping it's just an excuse because it was due to rain today and he doesn't want to risk it.
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I cannot believe another problem. Poor Andy. When will it end?
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Can anybody help?
I'm hoping to camp for tickets for the first Monday [so will definitely see Andy].
Can anyone advise how early I need to get there on the Sunday morning to be in the first 500? I think the Park opens about 8a.m. on the Sunday - are there any timing restrictions on queueing outside the Park before 8?

(Thanks for any advice - I'd hate to miss out)

I went in 2010 on the first Thursday (therefore camped overnight on the Wednesday) so info may be slightly out of date...

My friends and I got to the park at around midday and our tents were easily within the first 500 in the queue. Once tents were pitched then we had to stay around them until around 4pm when the officials came down the line handing out wristbands showing our position in the queue. After that we were free to go off into Wimbledon village and do whatever we wanted. We had to be up the next morning before 6am to get the tents back down and move on into the queue itself, but your position is protected by the number on your wristband from the day before so you're not in any particular rush at that point.

The first day of the tournament may be more unpredictable, but I don't think you need to be there 48 hours before. The day before should be fine, maybe go for early morning to be sure.

The very first positions in the queue are taken up by the annoying diehards, who seem to just pitch their tents for the entire fortnight and have some poor sap around at all times to pick up the wristbands while they are in the tournament themselves!
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I cannot believe another problem. Poor Andy. When will it end?
What bad luck Andy has had this year Frown
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But would love to be proved wrong by him .

It won't be the first time.     Whistle
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