It's that time again and plenty of great matches await us on Day 1 of the championships and for me no sleep!
As in previous years I will provide Daily Tips, always hard and of course upsets are common as players transgress from clay to grass.
My Tips are in Bold
Centre Court (1300): (1) Novak Djokovic (Ser) v Juan Carlos Ferrero (Spa), (1) Maria Sharapova (Rus) v Anastasia Rodionova (Aus), Ernests Gulbis (Lat) v (6) Tomas Berdych (Cze)
*there will be no upsets on this court today,
Court 1 (1300): David Nalbandian (Arg) v (8) Janko Tipsarevic (Ser), (3) Roger Federer (Swi) v Albert Ramos (Spa), Kim Clijsters (Bel) v (18) Jelena Jankovic (Ser)
* I am taking a punt here Nalby has a point to prove and we know he can play on grass and Kimmy has always been better than Jelena.
Court 2 (1130): (3) Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) v Magdalena Rybarikova (Svk), Venus Williams (USA) v Elena Vesnina (Rus), Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukr) v (28) Radek Stepanek (Cze), Igor Andreev (Rus) v Oliver Golding (Gbr)
* C'mon Venus we dont want to see you leave the tournament too early...cant wait to see what your wearing !!! NOT
Court 3 (1130): Carla Suarez Navarro (Spa) v (5) Samantha Stosur (Aus), Grega Zemlja (Slo) v Josh Goodall (Gbr), (11) John Isner (USA) v Alejandro Falla (Col), Jamie Lee Hampton (USA) v (27) Daniela Hantuchova (Svk)
* No big surprises here , Will Slamming Sam bring her A game ...she has a few B and C and D
Court 4 (1130): (17) Fernando Verdasco (Spa) v Jimmy Wang (Tpe), Vesna Dolonc (Ser) v Tsvetana Pironkova (Bul), (23) Petra Cetkovska (Cze) v Vania King (USA), Paolo Lorenzi (Ita) v Nicolas Mahut (Fra)
* Pretty Boy Fernando should be to pretty for Jimmy ,Mahut should be more experienced than his opponent
and the other matches could go either way.
Court 5 (1130): Sorana Cirstea (Rom) v Pauline Parmentier (Fra), Bojana Jovanovski (Ser) v Eleni Daniilidou (Gre), Jeremy Chardy (Fra) v Filippo Volandri (Ita)
* Certainly a court to have a nap on... no one on this court is going to win the tournament.
Court 6 (1130): Adrian Menendez-Maceiras (Spa) v Michael Russell (USA), Stephanie Foretz Gacon (Fra) v (29) Monica Niculescu (Rom), Sloane Stephens (USA) v Karolina Pliskova (Cze), Guillaume Rufin (Fra) v Steve Darcis (Bel)
* Another lottery dip , Russell sort of a sure thing here.
Court 7 (1130): Gilles Muller (Lux) v (29) Julien Benneteau (Fra), Kai-Chen Chang (Tpe) v Andrea Hlavackova (Cze), Timea Babos (Hun) v Melanie Oudin (USA), Denis Istomin (Uzb) v (23) Andreas Seppi (Ita)
* Very close match ups on this court bet if you dare.
Court 8 (1130): Ryan Sweeting (USA) v Potito Starace (Ita), Su-Wei Hsieh (Tpe) v Virginie Razzano (Fra), Philipp Petzschner (Ger) v Blaz Kavcic (Slo), Edina Gallovits-Hall (Rom) v Silvia Soler-Espinosa (Spa)
* Stear clear with betting on this court also ,, lots of close ones here.
Court 9 (1130): Camila Giorgi (Ita) v (16) Flavia Pennetta (Ita), Inigo Cervantes (Spa) v Flavio Cipolla (Ita), Ekaterina Makarova (Rus) v Alberta Brianti (Ita)
* Not thinking major upsets here.
Court 10 (1130): Carlos Berlocq (Arg) v Ruben Bemelmans (Bel), (30) Shuai Peng (Chn) v Sandra Zaniewska (Pol), Simone Bolelli (Ita) v Jerzy Janowicz (Pol), Lesia Tsurenko (Ukr) v Mathilde Johansson (Fra)
* Shuai Peng the only certainty on this court
Court 12 (1130): (11) Na Li (Chn) v Ksenia Pervak (Kaz), Benjamin Becker (Ger) v James Blake (USA), Ryan Harrison (USA) v Yen-Hsun Lu (Tpe)
Geez is James Blake still playing?
Court 14 (1130): Jarmila Gajdosova (Aus) v Ayumi Morita (Jpn), (24) Marcel Granollers (Spa) v Viktor Troicki (Ser), Xavier Malisse (Bel) v Marinko Matosevic (Aus), Alexandra Cadantu (Rom) v (17) Maria Kirilenko (Rus)
* couple of Aussies on this court have gone for Big Hitting Jarmila lets hope she hits them in the court today. Marinko has been in his best form of his career but not in the same class as Xavier ...but in tennis thats not a shoe in for victory
Court 16 (1130): Petra Martic (Cro) v (15) Sabine Lisicki (Ger), Martin Klizan (Svk) v Juan Ignacio Chela (Arg), Naomi Broady (Gbr) v Lourdes Dominguez Lino (Spa), (12) Nicolas Almagro (Spa) v Olivier Rochus (Bel)
* I never back the brits and Chela has been around too long also.
Court 17 (1130): Tobias Kamke (Ger) v (18) Richard Gasquet (Fra), Arantxa Rus (Ned) v Misaki Doi (Jpn), Leonardo Mayer (Arg) v (15) Juan Monaco (Arg), (28) Christina McHale (USA) v Johanna Konta (Gbr)
* My Neice played a few matches against Johanna Konta when she lived in Australia they moved to the UK early in her juniors days and she has a wild card for this event.
Court 18 (1130): (26) Mikhail Youzhny (Rus) v Donald Young (USA), Paul-Henri Mathieu (Fra) v (13) Gilles Simon (Fra), Lucie Hradecka (Cze) v (8) Angelique Kerber (Ger), (20) Nadia Petrova (Rus) v Maria Elena Camerin (Ita)
*A pretty straight forward court.
Court 19 (1130): Tamarine Tanasugarn (Tha) v Anna Tatishvili (Geo), Fabio Fognini (Ita) v Michael Llodra (Fra), (31) Florian Mayer (Ger) v Dmitry Tursunov (Rus)
* Another pretty Boy on this court Fabio....have selected him for an upset win here.
TBA: (12) Vera Zvonareva (Rus) v Mona Barthel (Ger), Iveta Benesova (Cze) v Heather Watson (Gbr)" ]
* Vera who??????????????
Will give you my score card with tomorrows tips !!!!