After Britain exited the EU and England crashed out of the Euros, Andy Murray has the hopes of a nation pinned on his shoulders, now more than ever. The second seed kickstarts his campaign at Wimbledon later today with a first round match against fellow Brit Liam Broady.
The pair will walk out on Centre Court this afternoon after Serena Williams takes on world number 148 Amra Sadikovic at 1pm. In all likelihood, the American will make swift work of her unseeded opponent so expect Murray to be warming up between 2:30pm and 3pm.
CENTRE COURT (play starts at 1pm)
Serena Williams (USA)  v Amra Sadikovic (Sui)
Liam Broady (Gbr) v Andy Murray (Gbr) 
Caroline Wozniacki (Den) v Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) 
On the other side of the net will be Liam Broady, who reckons the match-up is “a real David and Goliath, Leicester winning the league situation.” Ranked 235 in the world, the 22-year-old is a wildcard entry, although he has tasted success at SW19 at junior level with a doubles win in 2010 and an appearance in the final in 2011. He was also part of Team GB’s Davis Cup-winning team.
We all expect Murray to come through this fairly unscathed, although last month’s French Open saw him suffer major wobbles in the opening two rounds as he required five sets to overcome both Radek Stepanek and Mathias Bourgue – something Broady will want to remember as he steps out on Centre.
Still, this is grass with a home advantage and a crowd willing their best hopeful through to the next round. We all expect it to be Murray taking on Lu or Kudryavtsev in a second round clash later this week.