Djokovic on Centre Court first at Wimbledon

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 27, 2016 07:18 PM
Djokovic on Centre Court first at Wimbledon
Novak Djokovic of Serbia pauses during a training session the day before the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Sunday, June 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic is ready to open his bid for a third straight Wimbledon title and fifth straight Grand Slam championship.

As tradition dictates, Djokovic has the honor of opening play on Centre Court on Monday as the men's defending champion. He'll face Britain's James Ward, who is ranked 177th in the world and received a wild-card entry.

Djokovic, who holds all four major titles and is halfway to a calendar-year Grand Slam, is bidding for a 13th major championship. Andy Murray, who lost to Djokovic in the Australian Open and French Open finals, is seeded to meet him again in the final here.

Monday's Centre Court schedule also features French Open women's champion Garbine Muguruza against Italy's Camila Giorgi, and seven-time men's winner Roger Federer against Guido Pella of Argentina.

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