Qualifying begins: 26 June
The Draw: 30 June
Pre-event Press Conferences: 1 & 2 July
Order of Play: 2 July
Championships begin: 3 July
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Milos Raonic buried any thoughts that he might be under-prepared for The Championships this year with a regulation win in his opening match, serving notice that it will be business as usual from the towering Canadian.
With new grass court consultant Mark Knowles in his box, last year’s finalist eased to a 7-6(5), 6-2, 7-6(4) win against Jan-Lennard Struff in just over two hours, his eighth successive straight-sets win in the first round of a Grand Slam.
It was a typical serving masterclass from Raonic, the No.6 seed firing 20 aces as he claimed his first grass court win of the season following a shock defeat at Queen’s in the build-up to Wimbledon.
Raonic had his chances to break in the opener – five of them, in fact – but world No.53 Struff held firm to earn a tie-break. The German was in contention until Raonic smoked a return back at his feet to bring up set point at 6-4, finishing the job on his own serve.
A couple of breaks at the start of the second set put the Canadian out of sight, and while Struff did recover from another early break in the third set to take it to another tie-break, he could do nothing to stop Raonic booking a second-round showdown with Russian Mikhail Youzhny.