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Live Blog : Sunday 23 June 2013

by Nicholas McCarvel

14:31OK everyone, get plenty of sleep, drink lots of water, stock up on carbs...for tomorrow, Wimbledon 2013 is GO. The live blog will be, er, live from 9am UK time bringing you build-up from the grounds and ALL the action. We can't wait, don't be late...

14:17It's safe to say Monday's play is jam-packed. Federer, Sharapova and Murray all play on Centre Court while Azarenka, Nadal and Hewitt-Wawrinka are slated for No.1 Court. As is tradition, defending Gentlemen's singles champion Federer opens play on Centre Court. It's the tenth anniversary of his 2003 win. Roger, making us feel old!

14:05You've seen the Order of Play, right? The Show Courts are must-watch properties tomorrow, but I'll also keeping my eye on No.16 Jelena Jankovic taking on young Johanna Konta of the UK, second on Court 12. No.17 Sloane Stephens vs. Jamie Hampton, fourth on Court 18 and the all-Serbian battle between No.14 Janko Tispsarevic and Viktor Troicki, third on No.3 Court.

Documentary on Andy Murray - tonight on BBC One

Roger Federer and Andy Murray shake hands on Centre Court after the Men's final.13:46For those of you following along in the UK, BBC One is airing a special documentary on Andy Murray tonight at 10.25pm, which includes interviews with Murray, good friend Kevin Spacey, tennis greats Tim Henman, John McEnroe and Andre Agassi.

Tweet from @Caroline_Finney

13:36"SW19 is buzzing right now. Woohoooo #Wimbledon"

Weather update

13:24And it's a good one! Don't forget to pack your sun screen, everyone :) The weather’s looking pretty good for tomorrow - dry, bright and sunny with only the risk of isolated light showers.

Vesnina a dark horse?

13:16Elena Vesnina captured the AEGON International title yesterday at Eastbourne, and could make a dent at Wimbledon this year. She beat Venus Williams in the first round here a year ago, and could face former semi-finalist Sabine Lisicki in the second round. Stuart Frasier reported on her victory.

Tweet from SI_BTBaseline

13:12"Very mature, professional, polished press conference from Serena, who dealt with the Sharapova questions (and there were many) well."

13:08"Last year I had no pressure. No one put me at the top to win. I wasn't the favourite. This year there's definitely a little more pressure, but as Billie Jean King has said, 'pressure is a privilege' and I take it as such."

Serena on her tennis

13:05"I take pride in every stroke point that I play, in every stroke that I hit. I do the best that I can. I try to improve after every match."

01:02Serena has been addressing many questions in regards to the comment from Sharapova yesterday.

12:54Asked about comments made about her personal life yesterday by Maria Sharapova, Serena responds: "I'm going to keep my personal life personal. In the past, I've always done that and I want to continue to do so."

Serena Williams

12:51"It's my dream to reach the final. I don't have to win [here], but I want to. I'm not familiar with [Mandy Minella's] game, but I enjoy the opportunity to play against her... I feel lonely here [without Venus here]. This is the first time I've played Wimbledon without her. But she told me, 'Snap out of it.'"

Tweet from @SharkoTennis

12:41"@rogerfederer, on playing opening match @Wimbledon Centre Court: "It's very, very special." Federer, 66-7 at Wimb, playing 15th yr in a row."

Next up? Serena

12:37Federer has finished with the English portion of his news conference. Serena Williams, the Ladies' singles defending champion, is up next.

12:27Federer on future champions: "I don't think you want another guy like me. I was constantly compared to Sampras, but you want someone with their own personality and their own style of game."

Federer on his Wimbledon memories

12:21"It's all happened a bit too fast for my liking, but I'm happy to still be playing. I'm very excited to be back playing ten years after winning my first title here, and as the defending champion. I am continuing to put myself in position to win big tournaments, including this one."

Full Order of Play

12:20It's here! Incredible line-up not just on the show courts, but on outside courts as well.

12:18Federer says that Murray was meant to win a big title - he won the Olympics and US Open last year - at some point. "He was putting himself in a position to win a big tournament so many times that it was only a matter of time before he won one."

Roger Feder on his grass game

12:13OK, back to Rog. "I had a good grass-court season overall last year, that's what I look at. I had a good week at Halle last week, too. I don't just look at the Olympic final to examine my game. If I were to play Andy [Murray], I would looka that match again."

Order of Play

12:10Roger has just arrived for his news conference. Meanwhile, the Monday Order of Play has been released. Federer opens play vs. Hanescu, followed by Sharapova vs. Mladenovic and Murray vs. Becker. On No.1 Court, Azarenka vs. Koehler first, then Nadal vs. Darcis and Hewitt vs. Wawrinka.

Roger Federer

11:58Is due in for his news conference in just a few minutes. What would you want to ask the defending champion if you were present? He's gunning for his eighth Wimbeldon crown.

Order of Play

11:53I know you're on the edge of your seat awaiting Monday's blockbuster order of play. It's coming! Due out around lunchtime. As soon as it's live, it'll be here.

Practice time

11:38Who's practising today? The question should be who isn't practicing today. Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Andy Murray, Li Na, Rafael Nadal, Caroline Wozniacki, Juan Martin Del Potro and Victoria Azarenka are just a few of the names on the practice schedule.

Queue plans?

11:33If you had them, you might consider scratching them. Why? There are already more people (over 1,000) in the queue than Centre Court and No.1 Court tickets are allocated. Officials are strongly encouraging fans seeking Ground Admission to wait until early morning to queue. Really, what's better than a good night sleep in your own bed, right?

Defending champs due in

11:25After a slew of news conferences yesterday from top contenders, defending champions Roger Federer and Serena Williams are due in to address the media early this afternoon. Federer is at noon and Serena at 12:30 local time.

It's day minus one at Wimbledon

11:18That's "minus one," as in we're just one day away from The Championships getting under way once again! I'm hopping on for Ms. Cheese for part of the day, so send along your questions/comments/iterations of utter excitement throughout the day. We're just as excited! Email us at socialmedia@aeltc.com or say hello on the Wimbledon Twitter page.


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