Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams will be the main attractions on the opening day of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships. The top two players in the world will kick-off a fantastic day of Wimbledon hospitality packages.
Defending champion and World No.1 Djokovic will open the play on Centre Court at 13.00 when he takes on World No. 33 Philipp Kohlschreiber. The Serbian is the tournament favourite after his sensational form over the past year, but he knows he faces a test against the experienced German. French Open champion Stan Wawrinka take on Portugal’s Joao Sousa in what looks to be a straight-forward match for the fourth seed.
Williams is on course for a calendar Grand Slam having already won the Australian Open and French Open. She opens her campaign against Margarita Gasparyan on Court One at 13.00, the second match on Centre Court pits fourth seed Maria Sharapova against Britain’s Johanna Konta. The 24-year-old has played consistently well in all of the grass-court competitions leading into Wimbledon and could cause the former champion a lot of problems.
British number one Heather Watson is action on Court Two against the France’s Caroline Garcia. Other Brits in action are Liam Brody who plays Australian Marinko Matosevic on Court 18, while his sister, Naomi Broady, plays Colombian Mariana Duque-Marino later in the day.
A record prize fund of £26.75m is on offer at the 129th Championships, with the men’s and women’s singles champions each receiving £1.88m and first-round losers collecting £29,000. Almost half a million spectators will pass through the gates at SW19 over the 13 days of action and Wimbledon hospitality guests will enjoy the best seats in the house.