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Wimbledon 2019 Day 1 live scores, updates and commentary - Djokovic, Halep, Zverev, Osaka launch Wimbledon campaigns

Live Tennis Staff in News 1 Jul 2019
  • Live scores, updates and commentary on Day 1 of Wimbledon 2019, Monday July 1
  • Djokovic, Halep, Osaka, Zverev and more in action today
  • Play begins live from Wimbledon at 11.00am local time/BST (1.00pm on Centre Court and No. 1 Court)
Wimbledon starts today! (PA Images)

The biggest and most famous tennis tournament in the world gets underway today as Novak Djokovic, Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka, Alexander Zverev and more launch their respective campaigns at Wimbledon: live scores, updates and commentary live from Day 1 of The Championships 2019.

Key events
11:16 01 Jul

Wimbledon live streaming: Watch all matches live from The Championships

19:56 01 Jul

Azarenka through in straight sets

19:43 01 Jul

Dimitrov crashes out in five

19:41 01 Jul

Kyle Edmund safely through to R2

19:33 01 Jul

Last year's semifialist Ostapenko out to Hsieh

19:30 01 Jul

Two players retire

19:25 01 Jul

Coco Gauff d. Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4

19:14 01 Jul

Gauff to serve for the match!

19:08 01 Jul

Venus Williams breaks back for 4-4

19:02 01 Jul

Gauff up 6-4, 4-2

18:58 01 Jul

Hsieh leads Ostapenko

18:56 01 Jul

Dimitrov making life difficult

18:53 01 Jul

On serve between Gauff and Williams

18:38 01 Jul

Gauff takes the first set 6-4

18:36 01 Jul

Wozniacki down an early break

18:32 01 Jul

Gauff to serve for the first set at 5-4

18:21 01 Jul

Gauff takes an early break

18:13 01 Jul

Opportunity knocking for Edmund?

18:08 01 Jul

Clash of the generations underway

18:02 01 Jul

Tsitsipas beaten by Fabbiano

17:55 01 Jul

Fabbiano breaks in the final set against Tsitsipas! 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-7 4-3

17:44 01 Jul

Alexander Zverev crashes out in Round 1

17:31 01 Jul

Tsitsipas saves two match points, and forces a fifth set 4-6 6-3 4-6 7-6 (8)

17:17 01 Jul

Tsitsipas and Fabbiano into fourth set tie break

17:08 01 Jul

Upset complete! Osaka beaten by Putintseva in Round 1

17:03 01 Jul

Putintseva to serve for the match against Osaka 7-6 5-2

16:56 01 Jul

Vesely takes the third set against Zverev 4-6 6-3 6-2

16:39 01 Jul

Tsitsipas trails Fabbiano by two sets to one

16:34 01 Jul

Alexander Zverev in trouble...

16:31 01 Jul

Upset alert as Putintseva takes the first set against Osaka 7-6

16:22 01 Jul

Osaka and Putintseva into a first-set tie break

16:19 01 Jul

Vesely levels at one-set all against Alexander Zverev 4-6 6-3

16:14 01 Jul

Tsitsipas one-set all against Fabbiano, on serve in the third

16:06 01 Jul

Auger-Aliassime wins first Grand Slam match

15:55 01 Jul

Putintseva breaks back! 3-3

15:50 01 Jul

Osaka up a break against Putintseva 3-2

15:32 01 Jul

World No. 2, Naomi Osaka on Centre Court

15:27 01 Jul

Tsitsipas down a set against Fabbiano

15:13 01 Jul

Djokovic safely through to Round 2

15:06 01 Jul

Djokovic breaks Kohlschreiber in the third set! 6-3 7-5 4-3

14:57 01 Jul

Pliskova joins second round train

14:54 01 Jul

Halep through to Round 2

14:35 01 Jul

Djokovic takes second set. 6-3 7-5

14:31 01 Jul

Djokovic breaks, and will serve for the second set! 6-3 6-5

14:27 01 Jul

Rybarikova takes out 10th seed, Sabalenka 6-2 6-4

14:23 01 Jul

Kohlschreiber holds from 0-40...

14:14 01 Jul

Kohlschreiber keeping it close against Djokovic

14:01 01 Jul

Halep leads 6-4 despite ankle issue

13:59 01 Jul

Djokovic broken, breaks back - again

13:49 01 Jul

Djokovic takes the first set 6-3

13:41 01 Jul

10th seed Sabalenka in trouble

13:34 01 Jul

Djokovic up 4-2 vs Kohlschreiber

13:25 01 Jul

Pliskova picking up where she left off

13:20 01 Jul

Halep off to a bright start vs Sasnovich

13:16 01 Jul

Djokovic breaks back

13:13 01 Jul

Kohlschreiber breaks to open

13:07 01 Jul

Djokovic on Centre Court

13:04 01 Jul

Anderson, Lopez through

12:59 01 Jul

Karolina Pliskova gets going

12:51 01 Jul

We have a British winner!

12:41 01 Jul

Wawrinka smoothly into second round

12:34 01 Jul

Big Kev on cruise control

12:20 01 Jul

2018 quarterfinalist Camila Giorgi out

12:16 01 Jul

Eighth seed Svitolina safely through

12:12 01 Jul

Madison Keys the first winner of Wimbledon 2019

11:54 01 Jul

Wawrinka, Svitolina, Keys all up a set

11:28 01 Jul

Scheduling controversy alert!

11:24 01 Jul

Ballkid down!

11:20 01 Jul

Keys down an early break

11:02 01 Jul

Wimbledon 2019 is live!

10:47 01 Jul

Who's up first?

09:52 01 Jul

Players as excited as we are

09:42 01 Jul

Speaking of Djokovic ...

09:39 01 Jul

Order of play for day 1 at Wimbledon 2019

09:34 01 Jul

Wimbledon 2019 live blog: Day one!

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11:16 01 Jul

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19:56 01 Jul

Azarenka through in straight sets

Former world no. 1 Victoria Azarenka closes out a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Alize Cornet to book her place in the second round.

Azarenka, a semifinalist in 2011-12, will face Ajla Tomljanovic - who knocked out Daria Kasatkina - in the second round, with the winner likely to face Simona Halep in round three. 
19:43 01 Jul

Dimitrov crashes out in five

Grigor Dimitrov, a former semifinalist here and a Queen's Club champion, led by two sets and served for the match in the third.

He's just lost 6-2, 6-3, 6-7(4), 3-6, 1-6 to qualifier Corentin Moutet.
19:41 01 Jul

Kyle Edmund safely through to R2

On a day that's seen its fair share of drama, Kyle Edmund records a straightforward victory over Jaume Munar to reach the second round for the third straight year.

He'll have a tougher time of it against another Spaniard, Fernando Verdasco, one suspects.
19:33 01 Jul

Last year's semifialist Ostapenko out to Hsieh

Two of the quarterfinalists in 2018 - Daria Kasatkina and Camila Giorgi - had already gone out, and Jelena Ostapenko, a semifinalist last year, now joins them as Su-Wei Hsieh wins 6-2, 6-2.

None of these results are very surprising, but Ostapenko's ranking will plummet.
19:30 01 Jul

Two players retire

Caroline Wozniacki progressed to the second round when Sara Sorribes Tormo, who was up a double break 3-0 at the start of the match, retires trailing 4-5.

And Gael Monfils retires, sending his compatriot Ugo Humbert through to the second round - Humbert won 6-7(6), 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 3-0.
19:25 01 Jul

Coco Gauff d. Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4

The youngest person to qualify for Wimbledon, 15-year-old Cori 'Coco' Gauff saves break point, brushes off the disappointment of failing to convert her first two match points and closes out a 6-4, 6-4 win over Venus Williams.

For the first time today, the teenager looks overwhelmed and emotional as she raises her hands to her head. She held on to Williams's hand at the handshake to tell her something and was rewarded with a beaming smile from Venus, classy as ever.
19:14 01 Jul

Gauff to serve for the match!

A long, tense game at 4-4 in the second set after Williams broke back.

The American has game point thanks to a lucky net cord, but can't convert with a forehand error, then a second game point is erased when Gauff hits a return winner down the line that takes a big and unexpected bounce, leaving Williams flailing.

Gauff sets up break point as she forces a volley from Williams at net - and does the same thing to break! Gauff will serve for the match ...
19:08 01 Jul

Venus Williams breaks back for 4-4

For the first time in the match, Williams has break points as Gauff's lob attempt goes long for 15-40 on the qualifier's serve at 4-3.

A forehand drifts long from Williams to give up the first - but Gauff double faults and it is back on serve!
19:02 01 Jul

Gauff up 6-4, 4-2

Reports of Williams finding her range appear to have been premature.

The five-time winner serves calamitous back-to-back double faults to be broken and Gauff, who continues to impress with an athletic, mature power game, consolidates to 15 to put herself very close to a huge victory.
18:58 01 Jul

Hsieh leads Ostapenko

Su-Wei Hsieh, who memorably defeated Simona Halep in the third round last year and is having a nice season, has taken the first set on 2018 semifinalist (and former French Open champion, although unseeded here) Jelena Ostapenko.

The Latvian powerhouse breaks to open the second, but her vulnerable serve means it's quite likely Hsieh will get the break back. 
18:56 01 Jul

Dimitrov making life difficult

Hard to tell whether Grigor Dimitrov is making life difficult for himself or if France's Corentin Moutet is making life difficult for the former Wimbledon semifinalist and Queen's Club champion.

Dimitrov served for the match in the third set, but has instead been dragged to a fourth ...
18:53 01 Jul

On serve between Gauff and Williams

It feels like Williams is finding her range on that forehand and therefore able to build and pile on the pressure in long rallies. 

She gets to 15-15 on Gauff's serve at 1-2, but the qualifier finds a big forehand, a great backhand down the line and a good serve to hold. 
18:38 01 Jul

Gauff takes the first set 6-4

Serving for the set, Gauff goes down 0-15 as she comes off worse in a cat-and-mouse exchange, but then reels off the next four points with the help of some great serving and very quick feet, giving it some 'C'mon!' as she takes a 6-4 lead on Venus Williams.

10 winners and just 2 unforced errors for the teenager - 6 and 15 respectively for Williams.
18:36 01 Jul

Wozniacki down an early break

It's been a tough season for former world no. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in the wake of her diagnosis with rheumatoid arthritis last year, as she's struggled with illnesses and allergies - and according to Danish tennis twitter (yes, it's a thing) she had to vacate the Wimbledon house she'd rented when its condition caused a flare-up of said allergies.

She sounded hoarse in pre-match interviews, and trails Sara Sorribes Tormo early at what has always been her weakest major.
18:32 01 Jul

Gauff to serve for the first set at 5-4

Venus Williams continues to inspire. As she tries to break Gauff back at 4-3, the five-time champion slips and lands on her rear mid-rally, leaps up and chases down a ball to keep it going. Impressive resilience for a 39-year-old.

However, she lost the point and Gauff held to take a 5-3 lead. Williams responds with a hold to love and after the changeover the 15-year-old will serve for the first set ...
18:21 01 Jul

Gauff takes an early break

The teenager doesn't look overawed by the occasion or the opponent, and breaks to lead 3-2 on No. 1 Court.
18:13 01 Jul

Opportunity knocking for Edmund?

With the exit of Stefanos Tsitsipas, whom Kyle Edmund was seeded to meet in the third round, things look more hopeful for the British player to record his best Wimbledon result so far (making the second week). 

He's currently serving for the first set against Spain's Jaume Munar on Centre Court.
18:08 01 Jul

Clash of the generations underway

The youngest woman in the Wimbledon 2019 draw is facing the oldest woman as Cori Gauff, the 15-year-old qualifier, takes on 39-year-old five-time champion Venus Williams.

After Williams holds to open, Gauff - who came through qualifying without dropping a set - holds herself with an ace. Game on.
18:02 01 Jul

Tsitsipas beaten by Fabbiano

Seventh seed Stefanos Tsitsipas will NOT be meeting Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals, or anyone else in any other round, come to that.

He's beaten by Thomas Fabbiano of Italy, who wins 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7(8), 6-3.

Unlike a few of today's other 'upsets', we did not see that one coming ...
17:55 01 Jul

Fabbiano breaks in the final set against Tsitsipas! 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-7 4-3

Alexander Zverev is already out, is Stefanos Tsitsipas about to follow him through the exit door?

A lucky net cord goes the way of Thomas Fabbiano as the Italian breaks for the 4-3 lead in the final set!

What an opening day this is turning out to be!
17:44 01 Jul

Alexander Zverev crashes out in Round 1

Another big upset as Zverev falls in four to Jiri Vesely!
17:31 01 Jul

Tsitsipas saves two match points, and forces a fifth set 4-6 6-3 4-6 7-6 (8)

17:17 01 Jul

Tsitsipas and Fabbiano into fourth set tie break

Big breaker coming up- Can Fabbiano close this out, or will Tsitsipas drag this into a final set?
17:08 01 Jul

Upset complete! Osaka beaten by Putintseva in Round 1

What a performance that was from Yulia Putintseva, as she takes out Naomi Osaka 7-6 6-2 to move into the second round at Wimbledon.

Too solid, too tough for the Japanese. She improves to 3-0 against Osaka, 6-0 in sets.
17:03 01 Jul

Putintseva to serve for the match against Osaka 7-6 5-2

The upset is almost complete on Centre Court, with Yulia Putinseva about to serve for the match against Naomi Osaka.

The Kazakh leads 7-6 5-2, with the cushion of a double break in the second set...
16:56 01 Jul

Vesely takes the third set against Zverev 4-6 6-3 6-2

Jiri Vesely breaks the Zverev serve to take the third set, and establish a two sets to one lead against the German...

One set away from the upset...
16:39 01 Jul

Tsitsipas trails Fabbiano by two sets to one

We've got news of another seed in trouble, and it's the men's seventh seed, Stefanos Tsitsipas...

If Tsitsipas is to reach the second round at Wimbledon 2019, he will have to take down Thomas Fabbiano in five sets, with the Italian currently leading 6-4 3-6 6-4...

All happening at Wimbledon at the moment...
16:34 01 Jul

Alexander Zverev in trouble...

Alexander Zverev has got plenty of work to do against Czech qualifier, Jiri Vesely, who has just opened up a 3-0 lead in the third set of their R1 meeting...

The first two sets were split...

Vesely leads 4-6 6-3 3-0...
16:31 01 Jul

Upset alert as Putintseva takes the first set against Osaka 7-6

May be not quite 'upset alert', given that Putintseva has won the two previous meetings very comfortably...

Osaka led 3-1 in the tie break, but she lost her way completely after that, finishing off with a flurry of errors...
16:22 01 Jul

Osaka and Putintseva into a first-set tie break

Osaka recovers from 15-30 to hold for 6-6, sealing the game with a rasping forehand winner.

A tie break will decide the opening set...
16:19 01 Jul

Vesely levels at one-set all against Alexander Zverev 4-6 6-3

Czech left-hander, Jiri Vesely has just taken the second set against Alexander Zverev to level their R1 meeting at one-set all.

Tough opener this for Zverev, as Vesely has reached the second week at Wimbledon twice in the last three seasons...
16:14 01 Jul

Tsitsipas one-set all against Fabbiano, on serve in the third

Stefanos Tsitsipas battles back from 0-40 to hold for 2-2 in the third set against Thomas Fabbiano; the Italian responds with a hold to love...

Tsitsipas is in a dog-fight here...

Fabbiano leads 6-4 3-6 3-2...
16:06 01 Jul

Auger-Aliassime wins first Grand Slam match

Felix Auger-Aliassime has reached many career milestones in 2019, and the Canadian teenager has just added another to the list, beating Vasek Pospisil 5-7 6-2 6-4 6-3 at Wimbledon to register his first ever Grand Slam main draw match win.
15:55 01 Jul

Putintseva breaks back! 3-3

Putintseva gets to 0-40 on Osaka's serve, but Osaka wipes out the first two break points with two terrific first serves...

Osaka dominates the next point, but she can't hit through Putintseva, who stands firm and forces the error, and the break back... 

Back on level terms. 3-3.
15:50 01 Jul

Osaka up a break against Putintseva 3-2

Sharp aggressive start from Naomi Osaka, who is powering down those serves and groundstrokes...
15:32 01 Jul

World No. 2, Naomi Osaka on Centre Court

Naomi Osaka has just begun her Wimbledon 2019 campaign, and it's a tough start for the Japanese, who is taking on Yulia Putintseva...

The feisty Putintseva is 2-0 against Osaka, and was an easy winner over the Japanese in Birmingham just a few weeks back...
15:27 01 Jul

Tsitsipas down a set against Fabbiano

Upset alert?

Greek young gun, Stefanos Tsitsipas has just dropped the first set against Italian, Thomas Fabbiano.

Might be worth keeping an eye on this, as Fabbiano played himself into some decent grass-court form in a semi-final run at Eastbourne last week...
15:13 01 Jul

Djokovic safely through to Round 2

A sublime backhand return winner brings up set point, and a short forehand winner completes a 6-3 7-5 6-3 victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber.

It was tight at times, but it was never in doubt. Djokovic looking good early on...
15:06 01 Jul

Djokovic breaks Kohlschreiber in the third set! 6-3 7-5 4-3

More roaring from Djokovic as he gets the first break of the third set, following a heavy-handed volley from Kohlschreiber. Pretty decent backhand pass from Djokovic to draw the error, to be honest...

That could be terminal to Kohlschreiber's hopes of an extremely unlikely fightback...
14:57 01 Jul

Pliskova joins second round train

A bit to close for comfort in that second set, but Karolina Pliskova closes out a 6-2 7-6 victory over Lin Zhu to take her place in the second round.

A lot expected from Pliskova over the next fortnight- can she finally go on to win a major?
14:54 01 Jul

Halep through to Round 2

Simona Halep trailed 2-5 in the second set against Aliaksandra Sasnovich, but the former world No. 1 wins five games in a row to close out a 6-4 7-5 victory.
14:35 01 Jul

Djokovic takes second set. 6-3 7-5

Hold to love for Djokovic as the top seed takes a two-set lead against Philipp Kohlschreiber.
14:31 01 Jul

Djokovic breaks, and will serve for the second set! 6-3 6-5

Huge roar from Djokovic as he finally converts a break point to take a 6-5 lead!

The world No. 1 will serve for the second set.
14:27 01 Jul

Rybarikova takes out 10th seed, Sabalenka 6-2 6-4

This one had 'upset' written all over it, and so it has proven as 2017 semi-finalist, Magdalea Rybarikova takes out world No. 10, Aryna Sabalenka 6-2 6-4 to move into the second round.
14:23 01 Jul

Kohlschreiber holds from 0-40...

That's a sensational hold from Kohlschreiber!

The game, and the set looks dead and buried after Djokovic's backhand pass dips inside the baseline for 0-40, but Kohlschreiber launches a terrific fightback to win five points in a row, and take a 5-4 lead.
14:14 01 Jul

Kohlschreiber keeping it close against Djokovic

The German secures another fine hold to nudge ahead in this second set- he's two games away from stealing a set here...

Djokovic leads 6-3 3-4...
14:01 01 Jul

Halep leads 6-4 despite ankle issue

Halep takes a 6-4 lead on Aliaksandra Sasnovic with a forehand down the line winner and a huge fistpump. 

But all is not totally well with the Romanian - she turned her ankle during that first set and was grimacing in pain. She's seeing the trainer on the change of ends. 
13:59 01 Jul

Djokovic broken, breaks back - again

Just as in the first set, Djokovic is broken in his first service game of the second after misjudging a forehand. 

He's swiftly up 15-40 on the Kohlschreiber serve, though, and breaks to 30 as the German nets a cross-court backhand.
13:49 01 Jul

Djokovic takes the first set 6-3

After having been broken in the first game of his title defense, Djokovic wins the next four games to lead 4-2 and ultimately takes the first set 6-3.

A less than perfect start, admittedly, but Djokovic swiftly tightened his grip and sharpened up his serve, landing three aces on his way to taking the lead against the German veteran.
13:41 01 Jul

10th seed Sabalenka in trouble

One of those matches just about everyone circled as a potential upset as tenth seed Aryna Sabalenka, struggling to back up her breakthrough 2018 season, takes on 2017 semifinalist Magdalena Rybarikova, an absolutely superb player on grass.

Rybarikova's silky skills are on full display as she takes a 6-2 lead on Sabalenka.
13:34 01 Jul

Djokovic up 4-2 vs Kohlschreiber

After being broken to lose the first game, Djokovic has now reeled off four games in a row to lead 4-1.

It hasn't all been plain sailing though as a missed forehand put him break point down at 3-1 - but Kohlschreiber was given no opportunity to get back on serve as Djokovic banged down an ace and held.

The German stopped the rot with a hold for 2-4.
13:25 01 Jul

Pliskova picking up where she left off

The Czech known as the 'ace queen' didn't drop a set - or even come close to doing so - on her way to the Eastbourne title, and she's taken the first set 6-2 vs Zhu Lin as she starts her Wimbledon campaign.
13:20 01 Jul

Halep off to a bright start vs Sasnovich

Aliaksandra Sasnovich caused one of the big upsets of Wimbledon 2018 when she took out Petra Kvitova in the first round, but if early signs are any indication, she's not going to have a chance to repeat that feat.

Seventh seed Simona Halep is off to an excellent start, breaking the Belarusian to lead 2-0. Halep has made the quarterfinals or better three times at Wimbledon.
13:16 01 Jul

Djokovic breaks back

Balance restored as Djokovic breaks back for 1-1, first outlasting Kohlschreiber in a long rally for 0-30, then testing the German at net and getting a short ball he can chase down for a smooth backhand winner.
13:13 01 Jul

Kohlschreiber breaks to open

Not quite the confident start we were expecting from Djokovic as he makes a couple of unforced errors, then goes down break point as Kohlschreiber lands a very clever drop shot which has the Serb slipping on the grass as he tries to push off to chase it down.

And Kohlschreiber breaks to open the match and lead 1-0!
13:07 01 Jul

Djokovic on Centre Court

It's always a special moment when the defending champion walks out on to Centre Court to open play on the first day of The Championships, and Novak Djokovic seems conscious of it, flashing a quick thumbs-up to the crowd to acknowledge their applause.

He's up against Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber - a tough first-round draw given that Kohlschreiber has beaten Djokovic in a Grand Slam before, and defeated him this year, too. But overall the head-to-head is firmly in Djokovic's favour (10-2) and nobody is really expecting him to have too much trouble here. 
13:04 01 Jul

Anderson, Lopez through

Continuing the theme of a day that's been light on surprise results through the first two hours (!), 2018 runner-up Kevin Anderson defies limited preparation and a potentially tough opponent to beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 and book his place in the second round.

Queen's Club champion Feliciano Lopez is also through, beating Marcos Giron 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 - he could well face 10th seed Karen Khachanov next.
12:59 01 Jul

Karolina Pliskova gets going

Just 2 days after storming to the Eastbourne title without dropping a set, Pliskova is back in action as she starts her Wimbledon campaign against Zhu Lin. 

The third seed has had some shock early Wimbledon exits before but I don't think this will be one ...
12:51 01 Jul

We have a British winner!

Heather Watson has produced some memorable displays at Wimbledon in the past, and she comes back to beat American qualifier Caty McNally 7-6(3), 6-2 after trailing early to reach the second round of Wimbledon for the fifth time.

She could face 20th seed Anett Kontaveit in the second round.
12:41 01 Jul

Wawrinka smoothly into second round

Stan the Man has few problems in a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 defeat of an unimpressive Ruben Bemelmans.

He'll face Cedrik-Marcel Stebe or Reilly Opelka - a 6'10" American very much in the John Isner/Kevin Anderson mode and consequently plenty dangerous on these kinds of courts - in the second round as he bids to win back-to-back matches at Wimbledon for the first time since 2015.
12:34 01 Jul

Big Kev on cruise control

We haven't talked too much about Kevin Anderson, last year's Wimbledon runner-up, in the lead-up to this year's tournament because he hasn't really played much tennis in 2019 - just 12 matches, in fact, and only two of them since March thanks to an elbow injury.

But Anderson loves these courts (loves them so much he played the longest semifinal ever on them last year, if you recall) and he's looking pretty sharp against Pierre-Hugues Herbert, leading by two sets and a break.

Good news for Murray fans, though: If Herbert goes out here, as it looks like he will, he'll be able to fully concentrate on partnering Our Andy.
12:20 01 Jul

2018 quarterfinalist Camila Giorgi out

There will be no repeat of hard-hitting Camila Giorgi's run to the Wimbledon quarterfinals this year.

The Italian was always a likely early casualty after struggling with injury - she's played only one match since Miami and goes down 3-6, 3-6 to Dayana Yastremska.

Yastremska is a real name to keep an eye on - she's just 19 and already has three WTA Tour titles to her name, although she's yet to make an impact at the bigger events. She'll be a tough opponent for Kenin in the second round.
12:16 01 Jul

Eighth seed Svitolina safely through

And Elina Svitolina is the first top-eight seed to come through to the second round at Wimbledon 2019 as she wraps up a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Daria Gavrilova - a hard-fought first set, but the second was a formality.

That's an encouraging win for Svitolina, who went 0-2 on grass courts in the run-up to Wimbledon and crashed out in the first round last year. If the Ukrainian can find her feet after that knee injury, she could be a force in the bottom half of the draw. She looks likely to face Margarita Gasparyan in the second round.
12:12 01 Jul

Madison Keys the first winner of Wimbledon 2019

The 17th seed takes just 62 minutes to come back from an early break down and beat Luksika Kumkhum 6-3, 6-2.

She'll face Polona Hercog or Viktoria Kuzmova in R2, in the section of the draw that also includes Venus Williams and Aryna Sabalenka.

Moments later, compatriot Sofia Kenin - of upsetting-Serena-Williams-at-Roland-Garros fame - follows her into the second round with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Australia's Astra Sharma. Kenin is a potential third-round opponent for Naomi Osaka.
11:54 01 Jul

Wawrinka, Svitolina, Keys all up a set

Early days, given that Wimbledon 2019 is less than one hour old, but so far the bigger names are doing well. 

Stan Wawrinka is looking pretty solid and comfortable as he leads Ruben Bemelmans 6-3, Madison Keys came back from a break down to lead Luksika Kumkhum by a set and a break 6-3, 2-1, and Elina Svitolina just took a hard-fought opener against Daria Gavrilova 7-5.
11:28 01 Jul

Scheduling controversy alert!

Less than half an hour into play at Wimbledon 2019 and there's already a scheduling controversy brewing.

It's being reported that Andy Murray's first-round doubles match might be put on Centre or No. 1 Court, due to safety concerns with the number of people who would want to watch him. But that's a kind of treatment NEVER accorded to doubles matches.


11:24 01 Jul

Ballkid down!

An early interruption to the match between Feliciano Lopez and Marcos Giron as a ballkid goes down, apparently unwell. 

Queen's Club singles & doubles champion Lopez checks on the prone kid before heading to his chair, where he strokes his chin meditatively, possibly contemplating his own handsomeness.

The ballkid is carefully escorted off court by the St John's Ambulance volunteers, and given a sympathetic round of applause from the crowd.
11:20 01 Jul

Keys down an early break

Madison Keys is a puzzle when it comes to Wimbledon.

The American's big power game seems tailor made for fast grass, but - like fellow big server Karolina Pliskova - she's never excelled at Wimbledon, in fact it's the only major where she hasn't reached the semifinals.

Her best result was a quarterfinal appearance in 2015, and last year's third-round defeat to qualifier Evgeniya Rodina was one of the shocks of the tournament.

The 2017 US Open finalist is down an early break to Luksika Kumkhum, who's pulled off an upset or two in the past (famously over Petra Kvitova at the Australian Open).
11:02 01 Jul

Wimbledon 2019 is live!

We have pristine grass, we have blue skies, we have spectators in funny hats and - yes - we have players in crispest white!

Wimbledon 2019 is happening, people. BRING THE NOISE. (But only in the form of polite clapping or hushed tutting, or best of all, silent disapproval. This isn't Glastonbury.)
10:47 01 Jul

Who's up first?

We're so close to the start of play on outside courts, moved forwards by half an hour this year to 11am in order to alleviate potential schedule congestion.

Who's up first on the outside courts?

Stan Wawrinka will be taking to No. 2 Court to face Ruben Bemelmans - Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam trophy missing from Wawrinka's cabinet. He's never gone beyond the quarterfinals but could 2019 be his year?

Last year's runner-up Kevin Anderson will be out on No. 3 Court to face Andy Murray's doubles partner, the lanky serve-and-volleyer Pierre-Hugues Herbert. Anderson has struggled with injury, playing just two matches since March.

Eighth seed Elina Svitolina will be facing Australia's Daria Gavrilova on Court 18 - Svitolina has been searching for her best form, with a knee injury troubling her since February, but she's a fighter.

Brit Heather Watson will be out on Court 12 taking on Grand Slam debutante Caty McNally.

23rd seed Roberto Bautista Agut, well remembered by Andy Murray fans for taking out the British player in five sets at the Australian Open in what we all thought would be his last singles match, is up against Peter Gojowczyk on Court 4. 

And that's just for starters ...




09:52 01 Jul

Players as excited as we are

As the clock ticks towards one hour until the start of play at The Championships 2019, it's not just the fans (and live bloggers) who are having trouble handling the excitement ...



09:42 01 Jul

Speaking of Djokovic ...

All is not totally well with the defending champion and world no. 1 on the eve of The Championships.

On the positive side, or at least potentially positive side, there's the news that Goran Ivanisevic, the 2001 Wimbledon champion, has joined Djokovic's team for the fortnight.

On a less happy note, there's the news that four ATP Player Council members have abruptly resigned following a seven-hour meeting which confirmed Weller Evans, BFF and effective proxy for the disgraced Justin Gimelstob, to fill Gimelstob's seat on the ATP Board.

Will the politics recede into the background as The Championships gets going - and if it doesn't, how will this affect Djokovic's chances?
09:39 01 Jul

Order of play for day 1 at Wimbledon 2019

There's no hanging about at Wimbledon, no messing about with playing the first round over three days or similar - there are 64 men's and women's singles matches to be played today.

Novak Djokovic, as defending champion, will open play on Centre Court at 1pm while seventh seed Simona Halep does the same on No. 1 Court. 


CENTRE COURT - 1:00PM

3. Kyle Edmund v Jaume Munar

NO.1 COURT - 1:00PM


NO.2 COURT - 11:00AM

1. Stan Wawrinka v Ruben Bemelmans
2. Lin Zhu v Karolina Pliskova
4. Caroline Wozniacki v Sara Sorribes Tormo
09:34 01 Jul

Wimbledon 2019 live blog: Day one!

Good morning and welcome to the live blog for day one of The Championships 2019.

That's right, it's Monday 1 July and as we type, cans of balls are being uncorked, players are hitting the 8mm rye grass for an early morning practice and hordes of sleepy The Queue-ers, who have been up since 6am at least, are waiting longingly outside the gates of the All-England Club.

That can only mean one thing: Wimbledon is about to begin!


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It doesn’t get any better than this - Day 1 at Wimbledon with the fresh and famous SW19 lawns set to play host to some spectacular tennis on Monday July 1.

Leading the action is World No. 1 and defending men’s champion Novak Djokovic, who traditionally opens the tournament on Centre Court against German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber.

It’s not the easiest first round for Djokovic, with Kohlschreiber a former quarter-finalist at Wimbledon, and more importantly, scoring a big win over the Serbian at Indian Wells earlier this season. Playing his first match since being knocked out of the French Open semi-finals last month, could Djokovic find himself in a battle in his opening match of The Championships?

Following that, former women’s No. 1 Naomi Osaka gets her Wimbledon campaign underway against the feisty Yulia Putintseva. Osaka dropped to No. 2 following the rise of Ash Barty a couple of weeks ago and also faces a big challenge to survive Day 1 at the All England Club, with Putintseva beating just two weeks ago in Birmingham. Osaka hasn’t been herself since winning the Australian Open - can she find her best form in time to avoid a first round upset?

A host of big names also take to the newly-renovated No. 1 Court on Monday, including Simona Halep, Alexander Zverev and Venus Williams. Halep, who was eliminated in the third round of Wimbledon last year after winning the French Open, faces the streaky Aliaksandra Sasnovich (who made the R16 last year) in her first match, while Zverev could be in for one of his marathon early round slam slugfests as he comes up against Jiri Vesely - a Czech qualifier who has made the fourth round here in two of the last three seasons.

But all eyes will be on the last match of the day on No. 1 Court, with 39-year-old Venus Williams meeting 15-year-old Cori Gauff in a highly-anticipated generational battle. Gauff became the youngest player to qualify for Wimbledon in the Open Era last week, but how will she handle the big stage against one of her idols and a five-time Wimbledon champion?

There’s also plenty of absorbing action around the grounds today - Stan Wawrinka vs Ruben Bemelmans, Karolina Pliskova vs Lin Zhu, Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Thomas Fabbiano and Caroline Wozniacki vs Sara Sorribes Tormo headline No. 2 Court, while last year’s runner up Kevin Anderson has a tricky opening round match-up on his hands on No. 3 Court against Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Also watch out for rising star Felix Auger-Aliassime, who many are tipping to go far at The Championships, with the Canadian opening his campaign against countryman Vasek Pospisil on Court 12, while former World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka will also be in action on the same court against the always-tough Alize Cornet.

It promises to be a pulsating day of non-stop tennis live from Wimbledon - make sure to stay tuned to our running blog from around the grounds for all the latest breaking news, live scores, results, player interviews and more!


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Wimbledon 2019 Day 1 live scores, updates and commentary - Djokovic, Halep, Zverev, Osaka launch Wimbledon campaigns

The biggest and most famous tennis tournament in the world gets underway today as Novak Djokovic, Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka, Alexander Zverev and more launch their respective campaigns at Wimbledon: live scores, updates and commentary live from day one of The Championships 2019.

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