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Djokovic and Osaka open the dance at Wimbledon

Djokovic and Osaka open the dance at Wimbledon

The No. 1 of men’s tennis, Novak Djokovic, and the second classified in the women’s ranking, Naomi Osaka, will participate this Monday in the opening day of Wimbledon-2019 against the German Philipp Kohlschreiber and the Kazakh Yulia Putintseva.

The Spanish Rafael Nadal, recent winner of Roland Garros, and the Swiss Roger Federer, who has just been crowned for the tenth time in the German tournament in Halle, will debut next Tuesday.

The defending Serbian Djokovic will face an opponent he knows well and has already beaten ten times, most recently this year at the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells.

Osaka, who has acknowledged feeling more relieved after giving up her first position in the world rankings, also starts as a favorite in her first round match against the No. 39 in the world.

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Spearhead of the ATP’s ‘NextGen’, the German Alexander Zverev (N.5) will face the Czech Jiri Vesely (N.108), while another young prodigy, the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (N.6), will will see the faces with the Italian Thomas Fabbiano (N.102).

Reigning runner-up, South African Kevin Anderson, who will be the fourth seeded despite being ranked No. 8 in the ATP rankings, will face Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

The American Venus Williams (N.44) will be the protagonist of a generational duel, because at 39 years old, the youngest player in history to integrate the main draw of Wimbledon, her fifteen-year-old compatriot Cori Gauff, will be measured on court 1 (N.313).

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– Program of the main Wimbledon matches on Monday:

Novak Djokovic (N.1) – Philipp Kohlschreiber

Naomi Osaka (N.2) – Yulia Putintseva

Karolina Pliskova (N.3) – Lin Zhu

Kevin Anderson (N.4) – Pierre-Hugues Herbert

Alexander Zverev (N.6) – Jiri Vesely

Stefanos Tsitsipas (N.7) – Thomas Fabbiano

Simona Halep (N.7) – Aliaksandra Sasnovich

Stan Wawrinka (N.22) – Ruben Bemelmans

Venus Williams – Cori Gauff. afp

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