2024 Wimbledon Day 1: Alcaraz, Sinner, Gauff Headline Play

by Staff | June 30th, 2024, 7:12 pm
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Wimbledon kicks off with a bang featuring winners of the last four Grand Slams with Carlos Alcaraz, Jannik Sinner and Coco Gauff.

Alcaraz makes his debut as a Wimbledon defending champion. Alcaraz meets qualifier Mark Lajal who is also 21 but making his Grand Slam debut against the world No. 4 who has won 12 of his last 13 on grass.

“I don’t think anything about other players. I’m still watching videos of Roger, of Andy, of Rafa (Nadal). Novak as well,” Alcaraz said Saturday.

“I’ve also put on videos of myself last year – I’m not going to lie – just to see what I did or how I did it.

“Just moving, hitting shots, I want to do the same as I did last year. But I’m not trying to pick anything from other players.”

Gauff is last on Centre against countrywoman Caroline Dolehide. Gauff made her big splash at Wimbledon five years ago at age 15 but still hasn’t made the last eight on the grass.

“I think I had high expectations at that age. I still do,” Gauff said.

“Obviously everybody has high expectations, especially when you’re on tour at such a young age. I think it would be both a surprise and satisfied with where I am right now.”

On Court 1, Aryna Sabalenka is a question mark with a shoulder injury. She may or may not play.

And Sinner makes his Grand Slam debut as a world No. 1. The Italian is 38-3 on the season.

“I feel like, especially on grass when you have a good confidence with also yourself, it can help you,” Sinner said. “Last week for me was an important week. Last year I played semis here, so in my mind I know that I can play also some good tennis on this surface. Obviously, every year is a bit different. In Halle the conditions are different than here. I’m just trying to get used to it, building my confidence here on this court. That’s it.”

Daniil Medvedev, Grigor Dimitrov, Matteo Berrettini and Casper Ruud are also on court along with Americans Ben Shelton, Tommy Paul and Frances Tiafoe.

British star Emma Raducanu is on Centre against Ekaterina Alexandrova. Naomi Osaka and Italian French Open finalist Jasmine Paolini.

Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) [3] v Mark Lajal (EST)
Ekaterina Alexandrova [22] v Emma Raducanu (GBR)
Caroline Dolehide (USA) v Coco Gauff (USA) [2]

NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM
Aleksandar Kovacevic (USA) v Daniil Medvedev [5]
Emina Bektas (USA) v Aryna Sabalenka [3]
Jannik Sinner (ITA) [1] v Yannick Hanfmann (GER)

NO.2 COURT – 11:00AM
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [10] v Dusan Lajovic (SRB)
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v Charles Broom (GBR)
Naomi Osaka (JPN) v Diane Parry (FRA)
Victoria Azarenka [16] v Sloane Stephens (USA)

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