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PICK OF THE DAY wimbledon 2019 BBC2, 10.30am/BBC1 1.45pm REAK out the strawberries and cream, crack open the Pimm's, it's time for two weeks of glorious tennis.

BFor one fortnight, offices around the country put the telly on in the middle of the day and daytime drinking is positively encouraged.

As ever, Sue Barker hosts the live coverage of the first day from the Championships at the All England Club, with Clare Balding taking over the highlights show later this evening.

There will be plenty of excitement from the off, as reigning men's champion Novak Djokovic contests the first match on Centre Court - as is tradition.

The Serb claimed his fourth Wimbledon win last year, and will be confident of avoiding early disappointment.

Other contenders for the men's grand slam win are Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, with reigning champ Angelique Kerber, Serena Williams, Petra Kvitova and Naomi Osaka in the running for the women's prize.

There's still debate over whether we will see an appearance from Andy Murray.

Injury led to a tearful retirement announcement in January, but he has since had hip surgery and has just won the Queen's doubles. He is scheduled to partner France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the doubles.

And of course, it's not all tennis - Wimbledon is so much more.

We will be on the look out for a duchess or two and the odd Hollywood star, taking up a seat in the royal box in all their finery.

As British as you can possibly get, this is the sporting event of the summer and not to be missed.

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Two-time singles champion, Andy Murray, should be back in action in men's doubles after his hip surgery

Novak Djokovic, who beat Kevin Anderson to the men's singles trophy in 2018, is hoping to claim another title this year

Keeping us informed: Tim Henman, Martina Navratilova, Boris Becker, Clare Balding and John Inverdale

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jul 1, 2019
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