On day two of Wimbledon, Andy Murray resumes play as Roger Federer makes a surprise appearance on Centre Court. He retired from tennis last September and has been invited back to the All England Club for a celebration of his career this afternoon. The eight-time Wimbledon champion, whose men’s record may be matched by Novak Djokovic this fortnight, is returning for the event.
In Wimbledon 2023 Andy Murray faces fellow Brit Ryan Peniston in his opening match of the tournament. Defending women’s champion Elena Rybakina will start the day’s play against Shelby Rodgers. Carlos Alcaraz, Aryna Sabalenka and Daniil Medvedev are among the top seeds in action on a busy day at Wimbledon. The day might be disrupted by rain with heavy showers forecast for the afternoon.
British No 1s Cameron Norrie, who reached the semi-finals last year, and Katie Boulter are scheduled to get their campaigns underway. Coco Gauff was the biggest casualty on the opening day on Monday as the seventh seed fell to Sofia Kenin. Meanwhile, Venus Williams went out fighting as the 43-year-old played on through injury during her defeat to Elina Svitolina.
Roger Federer to have ‘special celebratory moment’ on Centre Court
Roger Federer will be back at Wimbledon today for a celebration of the eight-time champion’s career. Federer retired from tennis last September and Wimbledon will take a moment to sat “thank you” to the Swiss.
“Pleased to say that Roger will be with us tomorrow, and we will have a special celebratory moment on Centre Court before play starts, just to honor him as the man holding the most Gentleman’s Singles titles here at Wimbledon,” All England Club chairman Sally Bolton said Monday.
“We’ll have a moment just to celebrate his achievements and to say thank you, I think, for us, certainly, for all the memories,” Bolton said.
Serena Williams, who won seven of her 23 major singles titles at Wimbledon, was also invited, according to Bolton. “But… she’s pregnant, so understandably couldn’t travel,” Bolton said of Williams.