London - Andy
Murray has been drawn to face France's Benoit Paire in the Wimbledon
first round after the two-time champion entered the All England Club
draw on Friday.
Murray had left his participation in the grass-court Grand Slam to
the last minute as the former world number one makes tentative progress
in his return from hip surgery.
The 31-year-old Scot has played just three matches since making his comeback last week after 11 months on the sidelines.
Murray, whose ranking has dropped to 156, had an operation on his
right hip in January and only returned to action on June 18 when he was
beaten by Nick Kyrgios at Queen's Club.
The three-time Grand Slam winner saw off Stan Wawrinka at Eastbourne
on Monday, but after losing to fellow Briton Kyle Edmund on Wednesday he
conceded his fitness was still an issue.
Despite his lack of match practice, Murray has apparently opted to
give it a go at his home Grand Slam, where he will play in a best of
five sets tournament for the first time since his Wimbledon
quarter-final defeat against Sam Querrey 12 months ago.
Murray, who defeated Paire in straight sets at Wimbledon last year,
could still withdraw from the tournament right up until the scheduled
start of his clash with the world number 48.
Wimbledon starts on Monday and Murray, who hasn't publicly announced
he is fit enough to play, is due to face the media in a press conference
If he does take part, Murray is scheduled to face former US Open
champion Juan Martin del Potro in the third round and may have to get
past Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals, Novak Djokovic in the
semi-finals and Roger Federer in the final.
Defending champion Federer, in his 20th visit to the south London
tournament, opens his bid for a ninth Wimbledon crown by facing Serbia's
The 36-year-old has potential encounters with Lukas Lacko, Leonardo
Mayer and Borna Coric, who beat Federer in the Halle final last weekend,
knocking the 20-time major winner off the top of the ATP rankings.
A possible quarter-final against South Africa's Kevin Anderson lies
in wait for Federer, followed by a semi-final clash with newly crowned
Queen's Club champion Marin Cilic, who lost to the Swiss star in last
year's Wimbledon final.
If Federer makes it through those six opponents, he has a potential
final date with his old rival Nadal on the 10th anniversary of their
epic five-set Wimbledon final won by the Spaniard.
French Open champion Nadal, who hasn't won Wimbledon since 2010, will
aim to avoid adding to a long list of embarrassing early exits when the
world number one takes on Israel's Dudi Sela in the first round.
Djokovic, who plays American Tennys Sandgren in the first round,
could face British number one Edmund in the third round and French Open
finalist Dominic Thiem in the last 16.
With his ranking down to 17 after a long spell marred by injuries and
poor form, three-time Wimbledon winner Djokovic has already claimed he
isn't a contender for the title.
One of the most eagerly anticipated ties of the first round will see
three-time Grand Slam champion Wawrinka, unseeded after his ranking fell
following knee surgery, meet sixth-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.