Andy Murray will begin his Wimbledon campaign tomorrow as Murray Mania returns to Britain – and tennis fans should bring a brolly, just in case.
The 27-year-old Scot will step out on Centre Court to begin the defence of his Wimbledon title against Belgium’s David Goffin.
Tennis hero Murray will be hoping to land another title in SW19 following his historic victory last summer against Novak Djokovic.
Having ended the wait for a British male singles champion at Wimbledon after 77 years, Murray will try to emulate Fred Perry once more by retaining the title.
Despite the summery weather over the last few days, forecasters say the opening day of the world-famous London tournament could see interruptions due to rain.
Steven Keates, a forecaster at the Met Office, said that while the first half of tomorrow looks like it will bring a continuation of the fine and sunny weather, there will be about a 20% risk of heavy showers breaking out later in the day.
Temperatures are expected to hit 24C tomorrow, and the next few days are expected to return to the dry weather the capital has been enjoying, but temperatures will be slightly lower.
Mr Keates said the championships are not looking like a “wash out”, and said the main risk of showers this week will be on Monday.
But people do not need to worry about shivering over their strawberries and cream as it will still be warm in the sunshine, the forecaster said.
Murray Mania is likely to ripple through Wimbledon once again this year as tennis fans join the famous queue to watch the Scot attempt to defend his title.
Bookmakers William Hill is offering odds of 3/1 for a Murray victory, while Djokovic is favourite on 7/4.
Rafael Nadal, who goes into Wimbledon as the French Open champion, is 9/2 to win, and Roger Federer is on 5/1.
Meanwhile, Britain’s top female hope Heather Watson faces a tough draw against Croatian Ajla Tomljanovic, and Laura Robson is ruled out of the tournament due to wrist surgery.
British hope Samantha Murray will take on reigning French Open champion Maria Sharapova in perhaps the most daunting match-up of the round. Asked about what she thought of her British opponent at a press conference yesterday, Sharapova said: “I don’t know much about her. I will try to find some videos, do a little scouting.”
William Hill is offering odds of 5/4 on Serena Williams to win, 5/1 on a Sharapova victory and 150/1 on a Watson win.
Murray, who was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list in December 2012, has an Olympic gold medal after beating Federer at London 2012 and silverware from the US Open after beating Djokovic in the same year.
The British number one parted company with his coach Ivan Lendl in March this year and has brought in former Wimbledon women’s champion Amelie Mauresmo to replace him, initially on a short-term basis.
It has made him the highest profile man in the sport to appoint a female coach.
The All England Club will award a total of £25 million in prize money to competitors at the championships.
The gentlemen’s and ladies’ singles champions will each receive £1.76m, according to the official website.
The queue for tickets starts at 8am today.