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Five things to look out for on Tuesday

A packed Centre Court crowd enjoys the action on Day 2 of the Olympics Games
by Mark Hodgkinson
Tuesday 31 July 2012

Centre Court ticket-holders looking very pleased with their lot. Over in the south-west of the city, they wish that the clouds were the east-end, Danny Boyle sort (fake, fun, easily dragged away with a rope). On a soggy day in south-west London, play is only guaranteed on centre stage at the All England Club. And what a schedule. First, Venus Williams playsAleksandra Wozniak, then Andy Murray faces Jarkko Nieminen, beforeNovak Djokovic's encounter with Andy Roddick, and then MariaSharapova meets Laura Robson. Away from Centre Court, there are some fascinating matches scheduled for today - such as Jo-WilfriedTsonga against Milos Raonic - but whether they actually get on court or not is far from certain. 

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David Ferrer. With Rafael Nadal unable to compete in the Olympics, because of his cranky knees, there is much more Spanish hope and expectation loaded into Ferrer's racket-bag. With Nadal around, Ferrercould have been Mr Anonymous. Not now. He is today due to play Slovenia's Blaz Kavcic in the second round. 

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Siblings playing doubles. Does any sport have more siblings competing together than tennis? The Williams sisters aren't the only ones competing on the grass with a family member, as the draw for the women's doubles also contains the Radwanska sisters, Agnieszka and Urszula. "It will be great to represent Poland with my sister. We've been working towards this our whole lives. Playing at the Olympics is one of the best things you can do, and it's going to be great for our parents to watch their daughters playing together," Agnieszka said before the Games, and the sisters are today scheduled to play a second-round match against the American pairing of Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond. Venus and Serena are down to face Germany's Angelique Kerber and Sabine Lisicki, while the American identical twins Bob and Mike Bryan play the RussiansNikolay Davydenko and Mikhail Youzhny. British fans would have hoped that the Murray brothers would still be in the competition at this stage but Andy and Jamie lost in the first round at the weekend. 

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Venus Williams following the archery. "I've got into archery, it's amazing," she said. "Serena and I watch a lot of the Olympics whenever we have free time. We try our best to participate in the Games by supporting the rest of the US teams and celebrating everybody'svictories." 

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Blue skies (hopefully).

The London 2012 Olympic tennis is taking place at Wimbledon. Visit the ITF Olympics site for full scores, draws and the London 2012 site for video content, venue and schedule information.


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