Wimbledon 2023 Day 1: Big matches to watch out

Novak Djokovic will look to equal Roger Federer's record for his fifth straight title at SW19 and eighth overall on Center Court.
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The time has come for the third Grand Slam of this year. The 136th edition of Wimbledon begins today, July 3, in London, which will be played at the All England Club. Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic will look to equal Roger Federer's record for his fifth straight title at SW19 and eighth overall on Center Court. Nick Kyrgios meanwhile has withdrawn from the Wimbledon 2023 citing a wrist injury. It comes a day before his planned opening-round match against David Goffin on Monday.

In the women's section, defending women's champion Elena Rybakina will open against American Shelby Rogers on Tuesday. Elena won her first Slam trophy last year at the All England Club. Also, top-ranked Iga Swiatek will make her debut against Zhu Lin on Monday. Iga won his fourth major championship at the French Open.

One significant change at Wimbledon this year will see the return of players from Russia and Belarus. They were banned by the All England Club a year earlier because of Russia's invasion of Ukraine with the help of Belarus in February 2022.

Four Grand Slams are held every year in tennis. It starts with the Australian Open in January. This is followed by the French Open in May and June, and Wimbledon in July, which is played on grass courts. The US Open is held in August-September, which is the last Grand Slam of the year.

Wimbledon 2023 will be broadcast on the Star Sports network in India. Live streaming will also be available on Hotstar app in India on 3:30 pm IST.

Wimbledon 2023 Day 1:

Novak Djokovic vs Pedro Cachin – Centre Court, 6:00 PM IST

Casper Ruud vs Laurent Lokoli – Court 1, 6:45 PM IST

Jannik Sinner vs Juan Cerundolo – Centre Court, 9:15 PM IST

Iga Swiatek vs Zhu Lin – Court 1, 5:30 PM IST

Venus Williams vs Elina Svitolina – Centre Court, 8:00 PM IST

Coco Gauff vs Sofia Kenin – Court 1, 8:45 PM IST

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