Wimbledon 2014 Tournament Preview - Andy Murray returns to the All England Club to defend his title

British tennis player Andy Murray poses with the 2013 Wimbledon trophy at the All England Club in Wimbledon (ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)

Andy Murray returns to the All England Club to defend his title in 2014.

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Andy Murray carved out his own piece of history last year when he became the first British male player to win the Wimbledon title since Fred Perry in 1936. Murray beat Novak Djokovic in straight sets 6-4 7-5 6-2.

Under the guidance of new coach, herself a former Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo, Murray is understandbaly nervous about the task of defending his title but ready for the challenge.

"I think tomorrow when I go out on the court, I need to enjoy that moment when I walk back on the court. But as soon as I start playing the match, yeah, it's about trying to win." 

Having taken the end of last season off after helping the British team regain a place in the Davis Cup World Group, Murray's return has been gradual, with flashes of the brilliance that took him to his first Wimbledon final, an Olympic Gold medal a few weeks later, the US Open title and of course Wimbledon, and Murray has been seeded third this yer.

Top seed is last year’s defeated finalist Novak Djokovic, who won Wimbledon for the first time in 2011. Since the start of the year, he has been gradually chasing down current World No. 1 Rafael Nadal to whom he lost the number one slot as part of the Spaniard’s extraordinary come-back after a seventh month injury lay off.

Nadal is seeded second, despite a disappointing opening round departure last year at the hands of Steve Darcis, before he returned to devastating form in the US hard-court season in 2013. Nadal comes into the grass court season having retained his French Open title, but crashed out in the first round of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle.

A resurgent Roger Federer could still clinch another Grand Slam title and if so, this is the place to do it. Having exited the French Open early, Federer went on to win an unprecedented seventh Halle title - which has become an intgral part of his Wimbledon preparations.

For the women, defending champion Marion Bartoli relinquished her right to open proceedings on the first Tuesday with her sudden retirement, and the honours will fall to Sabine Lisicki, who halted World No. 1 Serena Williams in the fourth round last year, before backing that up with a run to the final.

Williams and second seed Li Na have skipped the preceding grass-court tournaments, but third seed and French Open finalist Simona Halep aimed for 's-Hertogenbosch for her preparations, returning as the defending champion. There was less luck for 2012 Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska, who crashed out of Eastbourne in the first round for the third time.

Wimbledon will take place between 23 June – 6 July 2014.

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