World No. 1s Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams open play Monday in the first round at Wimbledon. Djokovic, the defending champion, starts off against the very dangerous Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Djokovic leads the German 6-1, but Kohlschreiber is the highest ranked unseeded player at No. 33.
“Hopefully tomorrow when I get on the court I’ll be able to perform my best because that’s something that is going to be very much needed in order to win against Kohlschreiber,” Djokovic said. “It’s one of the toughest first rounds I could get.”
Also in the men’s draw, French Open Stan Wawrinka is in action against Joao Sousa. Former champion Lleyton Hewitt opens his Wimbledon swansong against Jarkko Nieminen.
US Open champion Marin Cilic is also on court as is his victim in New York, Kei Nishikori.
2014 semifinalist Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov start on their road to a fourth round collision.
Nicky Kyrgios, Hyeon Chung and Alexander Zverev are some of the youngsters on court. 37-year-old Tommy Haas returns as well.
No. 8 seed David Ferrer announced his withdrawal due to an elbow injury. The Spaniard had played 50 straight Grand Slam events. His spot will be taken by Luca Vanni. Ferrer was seeded to meet Rafael Nadal in the fourth round.
In the women’s draw, 5-time champion Serena Williams begins her quest to win another “Serena Slam”. She’ll meet little-known Russian Margarita Gasparyan. Last time we saw the American star play at Wimbledon she could barely stand up. Now there’s history.
“I think the fact that I lost so early the past couple years definitely makes me motivated,” Serena said. “But I think that also gives me a little less pressure because I haven’t done well here in the past two years. It makes me feel like, Okay, I’ll be fine. I have nothing to lose here. I don’t have many points to defend here. So it’s just like trying to have fun, go through it.”
Sister Venus is on Court 3 against fellow American Madison Brengle.
2004 Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova debuts on Centre Court against Brit Johanna Konta. Former Slam winners Sam Stosur, Victoria Azarenka and Ana Ivanovic are also in action.
MONDAY WIMBLEDON SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT – 1:00PM
Novak Djokovic (SRB)  v Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)
Maria Sharapova (RUS)  v Johanna Konta (GBR)
Stan Wawrinka (SUI)  v Joao Sousa (POR)
NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM
Serena Williams (USA)  v Margarita Gasparyan (RUS)
Simone Bolelli (ITA) v Kei Nishikori (JPN) 
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)  v Federico Delbonis (ARG)
NO.2 COURT – 11:30AM
Nick Kyrgios (AUS)  v Diego Schwartzman (ARG)
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) v Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)
Alison Riske (USA) v Lucie Safarova (CZE) 
Heather Watson (GBR) v Caroline Garcia (FRA) 
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