The third grand slam of the year, Wimbledon Championships is all ready to kick-start today. From the red surface of Paris to the faster green courts of London, tennis fans can shift their attention to witness some high-octane action. The tournament that is to take place from 23rd June to 6th July will see defending champion Andy Murray have the honour of playing on the Centre Court. Ladies’ singles defending champion Marion Bartoli of France is at Wimbledon but would not be defending her title as she retired from the game a month after winning the title last year.
The first day of Wimbledon 2014 will also not see the familiar names seven times Wimbledon champion Roger Federer and twice title winner Rafael Nadal. This has been due their last year’s dismal performances crashing out of the tournament in early rounds. The notable names from the women’s singles to play on the opening day of Wimbledon are eighth seed Victoria Azarenka, five times title winner Venus Williams and one of the potential title contenders Samantha Stosur.
Take a look at some of the important matches of the day:
Men’s Singles First Round
1.  Ernests Gulbis (LAT) vs Jurgen Zopp (EST) 4:00 pm
2. Marinko Matosevic (Aus) vs  Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 4:00 pm
3. Victor Hanescu (ROM) vs  Tomas Berdych (CZE) 4:00 pm
4.  Andy Murray (GBR) vs David Goffin (BEL) 5:30 pm
5. Bernard Tomic (AUS) vs Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) 7:00 pm
Ladies’ Singles First Round
1. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) vs  Samantha Stosur (AUS) 4:00 pm
2.  Sloane Stephens (US) vs Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 4:00 pm
3.  Victoria Azarenka (BRL) vs Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 5:30 pm
4. Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor (ESP) vs  Venus Williams (US) 7:00 pm
5.  Lucie Safarova (CZE) vs Julia Görges (GER) 7:00 pm