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Wimbledon day one as it happened


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By Chris Bevan

1919: So, THIS is why they put a roof on Centre Court! Sadly, with no play possible outside for the rest of the day, I am going to have to bid you farewell... but look on the bright side, the forecast IS much better for tomorrow. Join Tom Fordyce to take you through the rest of Andy Murray versus Daniel Gimeno-Traver, and I will see you again sometime on Tuesday when Roger Federer and Serena Williams are among the players in action. Cheerio for now, but don't forget you can watch the best of day one's early play, including wins for Rafael Nadal and Venus Williams, in Today At Wimbledon at 2320 BST on BBC Two, Online and BBC HD.

It's raining

1906: As you probably already know, there is only one match going on right now - Murray and Gimeno-Traver are level at 3-3 on serve in the first set. Flicking through the channels on my monitor, there are a few people dotted around Courts Two and Three (all under umbrellas) and more than a few sheltering at the top of Court One.

British number three Anne Keothavong on Twitter: "So, I didn't get to play today unfortunately. I could've sworn it was sunny earlier... What's the forecast for tomorrow?"

Cloudy with sunny intervals according to the BBC weather website. There might be a few light showers but it's later in the week that we should be worried about.

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From Joe from Worthing, via text: "Are we guaranteed a winner of the Murray v Traver game tonight? If not guaranteed, then what sort of time will play continue until?"

Play is guaranteed to continue until 2300 BST, and after that it is down to the referee. So, I'd say it is pretty likely we will see a winner of this one tonight. It's the other matches that I'm worried about. That referee's announcement is due around 1900 BST.

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From Jenny, via text: "Sat inside Number One Court still hoping for play. Can you tell us if the Murray match will be shown on the screens on Number One Court?"

The Voice of Wimbledon did suggest the Murray match would be shown on the screens inside Courts One, Two and Three... but the screens in front of me suggest otherwise. It's not looking good, though, seeing as the Murray match has already started. I think they fell victim to the same ''health and safety" concerns that did for the screens on Henman Hill/Murray Mount.

1843: If you haven't already heard of big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic, you will do soon. Trust me. The much-hyped 20-year-old is into round two and (probably) is set to meet Rafael Nadal in round three (if he gets past Gilles Muller and Nadal beats Ryan Sweeting). Put it this way, Raonic won't be happy to just be on the same court as the defending champ: "Even though people are saying I'm playing with nothing to lose and all that kind of stuff, I care a lot about it. I'm not going to go lose and just accept it and say, 'I've done well this year. It's fine'. I'm not that kind of person. I expect a lot from myself. I want to achieve a lot and I don't want to put any limits on myself."

BBC Sport's Mike Henson on Twitter: "That makes minds up among the wavering few. No Murray match on the big screen due to 'elf and safety. Jeers and an exodus. "

1841: Andy Murray and his Spanish opponent Daniel Gimeon-Traver are out on court and warming up. You can follow that match game-by-game with Tom Fordyce, if you aren't already.

lee2241 on Twitter: "Why does everyone I want to win at Wimbledon always lose?!"

I'm assuming Lee is not a long-term fan of either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal then?

1835: Right, first the bad news for everyone inside Wimbledon but outside Centre Court - the rain is set to continue for another 30 minutes, so no play until 1900 BST at the very earliest. Now the really bad news for everyone inside Wimbledon but outside Centre Court - the Andy Murray matche will not be shown on the big screens on Murray Mount for safety reasons.

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From Adam on his way to tennis in Bedford. In shorts and a tennis shirt, via text: "Re 1812. So, Venus is into simple things now. Like a jumper. With lace. And 'drapes' (curtains?). And zips. And a peek-a-boo back. Yep. Sounds 'simple'!"

1829: Andy Murray will be on court in the next few minutes. In which time I will learn to spell 'sunshine' and 'Canada'.

The match is over
1827: It was one heck of a battle but Francesca Schiavone has finally completed a 6-4 1-6 6-3 win over Jelena Dokic in two hours and five minutes. It began under the last of the day's sunshine and ended under the roof, but the Italian is into round two where she will play Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic or Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak.

BBC Sport's Mike Henson on Twitter: "Umbrellas aloft as the TV cuts to a shot of Aorangi Terrace. Before mockingly switching back to the snug and dry on centre. Boo."

It's bad news for a Briton
1820: News in from the Referee's Office, and it isn't particularly good. There's been a raft of cancelled matches on the outside courts, including the all-British clash between Naomi Broady and Anne Keothavong. Essentially, every match that isn't already under way has been held over until Tuesday. We await the next announcement about the rest of today's play which is expected at 1830 BST.

1818: Andy Murray fans, hold on to your hats. Schiavone breaks Dokic again, thanks to a double fault, and the Italian will serve for the match at 5-3 in the deciding set.

BBC Sport's Mike Henson on Twitter: "Some hardy souls sheltering under brollies before the big screen, but even hardier are those still queuing for resold tickets."

1812: Er, so is it a jumper or a trendy dress? I'm confused. One thing is for sure, though. I'm definitely not going to be wearing a peek-a-boo outfit of any description next time I play tennis...

Venus Williams, into Round Two after her comfortable win over Akgul Amanmuradova, describes her latest outfit - but doesn't really clear up whether it is a dress or playsuit: "I call it a jumper. Jumpers are very now, as is lace. The shoulders have a lot of draping, which is also in the moment. It's a trendy dress. I'm really into zippers, so it has like a focal point of a zipper in the front. It's just fun. The back is like a cut-out or like a peek-a-boo. I'm always trying to do something different and fun. But more lately now I'm really trending towards simplicity. It's just how I feel right now. Everything is getting simpler."

1803: Schiavone and Dokic have shared breaks so we are back on serve in this third set. There are still empty seats on Centre, but not many. I can't believe there will be any at all once Andy Murray gets on court. Especially since it might be the only match happening.

1755: Schiavone and Dokic are now back under way to complete their deciding set, although it does seem weird watching them play under lights. Anyway, you can follow that match game-by-game with Tom Fordyce, with Andy Murray following as soon as it is done and dusted. Another announcement about play on the other courts will follow at 1830 BST, so just this one going on right now.

Rafael Nadal on seeing his parents Sebastian and Ana Maria Parera in the Royal Box for his match: "Can I just say thanks to Wimbledon, to the people who organise this fantastic tournament, to invite my mother and father to the Royal Box. I think for them it was a great experience. Everything in general was very, very nice today."

British number four Katie O'Brien on Twitter: "It was a privilege to be the 1st ever to play on court 3, but I'm sad that Wimbledon is all over for me now :( "

1748: Francesca Schiavone and Jelena Dokic are back out on Centre Court and limbering up. Might take em a while to get used to the new conditions out there, but they do get a full warm-up of five minutes.

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From Sean Connery (not really) in response to nickkw on Twitter, via text: "Tennish you say? But I haven't brought my racquet."

1736: Oh. The rain could last for another hour and a half, apparently. That's according to the Met Office, who you might consider experts. They have been known to get things wrong though...

Britain's Katie O'Brien, beaten in the first round today, reveals she almost quit tennis last year: "You have to work so hard, and I literally sacrificed so many things to get to where I was. I won a lot of the matches to get to the top 100, and then suddenly you step up a few levels and you're losing more matches than you're winning, and that really does hurt your confidence. It's a tough sport. A year or so ago I was seriously considering stepping away from the game. But tennis is my passion, so that would be really hard for me to do."

1731: Right then. Play will resume on Centre Court in about 15 minutes but the outlook is not so bright (literally) for the rest of the courts which don't have the luxury of a roof. The voice of Wimbledon explains thus: "This band of rain could last for some time. The covers will remain on for the time being and I will update you with more information when we have it." I will do exactly the same.

BBC Sport's Wimbledon Mole: "Bit of celebrity banality for you. Spied around the grounds of Wimbledon we have had sightings of actress Kirstin Dunst, no stranger to these parts following her two title wins in the Ladies' singles. Don't remember? Well clearly you are not familiar with her epic portrayal of champion tennis player Lizzie Bradbury in the abysmal 2004 flick 'Wimbledon'. Woeful."

nickkkw on Twitter: "Sitting under the covers at Court 12. Feel we could be waiting till about tennish tonight to see any action!"

1724: So, anyone for indoor tennis?

The covers are coming off too, and they will be turning the lights on soon, I think. Play between Francesca Schiavone and Jelena Dokic should resume in about 20 minutes, because they need to control the temperature before the players can come back out on the grass (the surface will 'sweat' otherwise).

1720: Yep, you heard right folks, the centre court roof is being closed because of rain for the first time. Lots of excited people (inside the court) are taking photos right now, and also putting their umbrellas away. I can't actually see it from where I am, but hopefully I am conveying the excitement appropriately enough...


It's bad news for a Briton
1718: I was about to bring you news of Britain's Dan Cox when the weather turned bad, and I have to say the news isn't much better. Cox, over on Court 14, has been scrapping gamely (according to Piers) but lost the first set to Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-2. A long way to go in that one, though.

1713: The rain was forecast for 1700 BST... which is exactly when it arrived. Weather forecasters in this country are always right, aren't they... oh, hang on. Anyway, don't waste this bit of down-time - use it to share your thoughts. I'm Chris Bevan, and you can tweet me at @chrisbevan_bbc using the hashtag #BBCTennis please. Or feel free to text me via 81111 (UK) instead. You've got until the roof closes to get in touch...

It's raining
1709: The sky above SW19 is not looking too promising but I'm told the head honchos at Wimbledon think this is a shower which will soon blow over. Put it this way, they won't be shutting the roof any time soon. I hope they're right...

1704: Play is suspended, and the covers are on every court now. Let's hope this is just a shower but, if not, expect to see the Centre Court roof closing any minute now...

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery on Twitter: "Celeb alert: Enthralled by Bondarenko v Cornet on Ct5, none other than poptastic DJ and ex-Saturday Superstore host, Mike Reid!"

1703: Here comes the rain... and the covers.

The match is over
1702: Mixed news for Juan Martin del Potro fans... because he has taken the first set but is a break down at the start of the second. Meanwhile, that all-Croat clash between Cilic and Ljubicic is hotting up, with Cilic hitting back to level at one-set all. Another result to tell you about too - last year's runner-up Tomas Berdych is safely through, with the sixth seed only dropping five games as he hammered Filippo Volandri 6-2 6-2 6-1

A shock result
The match is over
1655: Another upset avoided: Twelfth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, a three-time quarter-finalist, fights back from a set down against China's Shuai Zhang to prevail 3-6 6-3 6-4. But another seed HAS fallen, so I'm going to wheel out the shock graphic after all. Christina McHale of the United States beats 28th seed Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 2-6 6-1 8-6. By the way, play seems to be continuing everywhere, despite these spots of rain.

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery with another Wimbledon weather report: "And the first spots of rain start to fall. Disappointing, although my powers of fate tempting remain awesome."

Times tennis correspondent Neil Harman on Twitter: "Spots of rain in the air around SW19. Get ready to crank up the roof machinery."

1642: If you were thinking of going to watch Juan Martin del Potro, I'd do it quickly. He's already 5-1 up in the first set on Court 18... looks like only the rain can halt his progress today. Speaking of which...

1640: Andy Murray is next up on Centre Court, as soon as Francesca Schiavone's match with Jelena Dokic finishes, but that might take a while. Schiavone took the first set but Dokic has bounced back like one of Alex Bogomolov Jr's racquets to open up a 5-1 lead in the second set. Is it really 11 years since Dokic reached the semi-finals here? It is you know.

RooKnight on Twitter: "Looks like Murray may well be playing his first match of Wimbledon 2011 under the roof!"

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From Nick in Haslemere, via text: "Just started raining in southern Surrey, shouldnt imagine youve got long now in SW19... although I can't wait to see the roof!"

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery with a Wimbledon weather report: "Cool breeze picking up and a few darker clouds threatening, but we might get away with it for a while yet..."

The match is over
1628: Right, more news from Court 18 (my Outside Court Golden Ticket if you remember, see 1122 if not). Richard Gasquet, the 17th seed from France, is through after a comfortable 7-5 6-4 7-6 (7-3) win over Colombia's Santiago Giraldo. Next up for him is Russia's Igor Kunitsyn, who beat Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands 6-3 6-4 6-2. Up now on Court 18 is Juan Martin del Potro, who has just started his first match here since 2009. He's playing Italy's Flavio Cipolla, and is well worth a watch.

1618: Ha! You would be well advised to watch out for stray balls as you make your way around the outside courts at Wimbledon but this is the first time I've seen a racquet bounce out of court. I suspect Alex Bogomolov Jr was penalised for racquet abuse here but, seeing as he went on to beat fellow American Donald Young, he either had a spare or someone chucked it back over the fence. Either way, this is worth watching (if you are in the UK).

1608: If you are missing Rafael Nadal already (and, let's face it, we all are) then fill your boots with some highlights of his first-round win over Michael Russell. Incidentally, Nadal will face another American next because Ryan Sweeting eventually came through his match with Spain's Pablo Andujar, winning 3-6 4-6 6-1 7-6 (7-1) 6-1. Some turnaround there.

1605: It took me far longer than expected to include that link to Laura Robson's nails, so I suppose you lot want some scores, right? I'll do my best to get you up to date then. Tomas Berdych is a set up on Filippo Volandri on Court One while, on Court Three, Marin Cilic served for the set at 5-4 against fellow Croat Ivan Ljubicic but made a bit of a mess of it and is now serving to save the set at 5-6. Oh, and in front of me, Francesca Schiavone and Jelena Dokic are level at 4-4 in the first set. Follow Mike Henson's game-by-game updates on that one.

1558: Two of Britain's brightest young hopes, Laura Robson and Heather Watson have taken a leaf out of the Williams sisters' book this year as they prepare for their singles and doubles (together) Wimbledon campaign. Nope, not by designing their own ridiculous outfits (or at least I don't think so), but by getting topical and patriotic Union Jack nail veneers. It's safe to say Andy Murray won't be doing the same, but his mum Judy has tweeted a nice pic of Laura's nails in case you are interested.

The match is over
1548: More results to tell you about - straightforward straight sets wins for two decent men's seeds to be precise. First up, ninth seed Gael Monfils makes short work of Germany's Matthias Bachinger with a 6-4 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 victory, and Stan 'the man' Wawrinka gave Potito 'don't call me potato' Starace a bit of a chasing (or should that be a roasting?) in a 6-3 6-4 6-4 win.

1541: What's this? Another seed in trouble. Yep, Svetlana Kuznetsova is in a spot of bother out on Court 12, after losing the first set 6-3 to Shuai Zhang. Kuz, 25, is a threee-time quarter-finalist and is seeded 12th this year. Shuai, 22, is in the main draw at Wimbledon for the first time... and enjoying herself at the moment.

Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Nadal improves to 29-0 in career MS GS Round 1 matches. Best records: Nadal (29-0), Borg (27-0), Rosewall (19-0), Laver (11-0)."

1535: Here's Rafa, talking about how much he enjoyed coming back to defend his title, something he didn't experience in 2009 because he missed Wimbledon through injury. "It's a very, very big emotion to come back to this beautiful court," Nadal told BBC Sport. "I never played here like this because I didn't play the first match in 2009. It's a real pleasure."

A shock result
1530: Take cover! Another seed has fallen - and, following Thomaz Bellucci's earlier exit, the first woman to go is number 22, Israel's Shahar Peer, who was edged out 5-7 6-4 6-4 by Ksenia Pervak. I guess this is my last chance to mention her failure to exert any Peer pressure then? Thought so. Anyway, Pervak, a 20-year-old from Russia, is into the second round on her first appearance in the main draw at Wimbledon.

1521: What's going on around the courts, I hear you ask... Or at least I hope you ask. Well, Richard Gasquet has just gone two sets up on Court 18 against Santiago Giraldo, as has fellow Frenchman Gael Monfils on Court Two against Matthias Bachinger. Oh and last year's men's runner-up Tomas Berdych has just got started on Court One against Italy's Filippo Volandri - they are on serve at 1-1 in the first set, so very early days there.

Rafael Nadal
The match is over
1513: He didn't have it all his own way, especially in the first set, but Rafael Nadal is into round two, brushing aside Michael Russell 6-4 6-2 6-1 in one hour and 58 minutes. Next up for the defending champion? Either fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar or Ryan Sweeting of the United States. That one is finely poised at two sets all.

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From anon, via text: "Re 1452. Just looked at Venus' outfit - suggest more tablecloth than curtains..."

1507: Rafael Nadal now leads 5-1 in the third set against Michael Russell, and I suspect it won't be long until Francesca Schiavone and Jelena Dokic emerge on Centre Court. Just a reminder that Andy Murray versus Daniel Gimeno-Traver is the third match on there, probably starting around 1700 BST.

1505: Phew. Vera Zvonareva had to dig herself out of a pretty big hole at one stage but last year's runner-up is still alive and kicking in Wimbledon 2011. The second seed lost the plot in the second set against Alison Riske but recovered to clinch an erratic 6-0 3-6 6-3 win by banging down only her second ace of the match. She will play fellow Russian Elena Vesnina next after her 6-4 6-3 win over Spain's Laura Pous-Tio.

Times tennis correspondent Neil Harman on Twitter: "Denis Istomin beats German Phillip Kohlschreiber, winner in Halle last week. Not a great result for him, nor coach Miles Maclagan."

Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Kohlschreiber is first ATP/Halle winner in 13 years to lose the 1st Round at Wimbledon in same year (Kafelnikov 1998)."

The match is over
1456: The Tommy Haas show is finishing early this year folks, I'm afraid to say. The 2009 semi-finalist is out, losing 7-6 7-6 3-6 6-3 to Luxembourg wildcard Gilles Muller, who will face our big-serving Canadian friend Milos Raonic in round two.

1452: Wondering what that Venus outfit looks like? You know you are. Go on, feast your eyes on some highlights of her first-round win, if you're in the UK anyhow.

1448: In front of me on Centre, Rafael Nadal has put those early wobbles behind him and is now two sets up and looking in good shape for a place in round two. Tenth seed Mardy Fish is already there, after despatching Marcel Granollers 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-5) 6-4, and he will play Denis Istomin in round two. The Uzbekistan player saw off Philippe Kohlschreiber 4-6 6-3 6-3 6-3. If you are a Fish fan, you will now be anti-Istomin. I thank you.

1440: Time for a plug. Did you know you can watch Wimbledon online in glorious HD for the first time this year? You should really give it a go, you know.

BBC Sport's Wimbledon Mole: "A trip to the canteen proves to be a surprisingly thrilling experience. Spied John McEnroe noshing on Coq au Vin and braised rice while chewing the fat with Tim Henman (who appeared to have already finished his lunch, the greedy so-and-so). Also saw diminutive Sky Sports presenter Georgie Thompson and impressionist Alistair McGowan (details of what they had for lunch are currently unavailable)."

1435: Curses... a coding error means that shock graphic didn't even show up. Just give me a manual refresh and we will try that one again.

A shock result
1428: No need to wait for the outcome of the Zvonareva-Riske match to use my shock graphic, because the first seed has fallen in this year's championships. Wait for it... Brazil's Thomas Bellucci (seeded 30th) has tumbled out, losing 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 6-2 to Germany's Rainer Schuettler. The first of many.

1424: Mardy Fish is still rolling along nicely, and is now two sets up on Marcel Granollers on Court 12. Elsewhere, Gael Monfils and Stan Wawrinka are both a set up and, as predicted, the Tommy Hass comeback is under way - he has taken the third set 6-3 against Gilles Muller of Luxembourg.

1421: Could this be the first chance to use our shock graphic at this year's Wimbledon? Possibly, because Alison Riske has just taken the second set against second seed Vera Zvonareva. Quite a turnaround when you consider that the Russian handed out a bagel in the first set. That all seems a long time ago now, because she is making mistake after mistake, culminating in a backhand into the net that brings a feisty fist pump from her American opponent.

The match is over
1413: Spain's Feliciano Lopez, a quarter-finalist here in 2005 and 2008, is through to round two after beating Michael Berrer 6-4 7-5 6-3. Berrer, you may remember, is the German who refused to hit drop-shots against an injured Andy Murray at the French Open because he lacks a "killer instinct". Hmmm. Looks like he was lacking in a few other areas today, too.

1408: Right then, where were we? On Centre, Rafael Nadal takes the first set 6-4 against Michael Russell after a bit of a scare, and promptly breaks his opponent again right at the start of the second set. And on Court One, last year's runner-up Vera Zvonareva is finding things a lot harder in the second set against Alison Riske after sweeping through the first one 6-0. The American is making far fewer errors (yes, a low-Riske strategy) and now leads 5-2. Interesting to see how that one goes it it does head into a deciding set.

Times tennis correspondent Neil Harman on Twitter: "First victory at Wimbledon for @milosraonic Plenty more where that came from."

The match is over
1359: And a first result in the men's draw to tell you about too. Canadian ace-machine Milos Raonic despatched lucky loser Marc Gicquel 6-3 7-6 6-3 and will play Tommy Haas or Gilles Muller in round two. It looks like he will be facing Muller at the moment, seeing as he has taken the first two sets (in tie-breaks) in that one. Never write Tommy Haas off though...

1355: No rain yet, then, although it is meant to arrive a bit later this afternoon. You can find out more from BBC Weather's Carol Kirkwood, who is obviously far better qualified to talk about that kind of thing than me. Light showers and drizzle are on their way, apparently, which doesn't sound too bad as long as they clear off pretty quickly.

The match is over
1349: That didn't last long - normal service is resumed for Rafa, who has just broken straight back. Elsewhere, there was no way back for Varvara Lepchenko, with a backhand winner by Yanina Wickmayer sealing a 7-5 6-3 win for her. The Belgian 19th seed will play Anastasia Pivovarova or Anna Tatishvili in round two. Next up on Court 18 is 2007 semi-finalist Richard Gasquet against Colombia's Santiago Giraldo.

1345: This wasn't part of the script. In front of me, Rafael Nadal double-faults, and is now a break down at 2-4 in the first set against world number 91 Michael Russell - bringing a sort of low murmuring moan from the crowd. Remember you can follow that one game-by-game with Tom Fordyce.

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery on Twitter: "I stop by Ct14 to see Raonic break Gicquel to love, with some nice touch to go with his monster serve & forehand. Dangerman."

A bagel
1336: I'm hearing Lepchenko has just had a long medical time-out in her match with Wickmayer, after the American fell badly and had to be helped to her chair before the trainer could get there. Elswhere, Mardy Fish is a set up on Court 12 and, on Court One, last year's runner-up Vera Zvonareva is running away with her match with the pun-tastic Alison Riske. Zvonareva has just taken the first set 6-0.

1331: Remember Bevo's Outside Court Golden Ticket? (see 1122 if you don't) It's not been a bad call so far (if I do say so myself) because over on Court 18, Yanina Wickmayer saved two set points before taking a topsy-turvy first set 7-5 against Russian-born American Varvara Lepchenko. Wickmayer is 4-1 up in the second too.

The match is over
1323: We have just found out our first match-up of round two, too. Venus Williams, despite wearing an outfit that resembled a pair of my mum's old curtains, polished off Akgul Amanmuradova in double-quick time, triumphing 6-3 6-1 to set up a meeting with Kimiko Date-Krumm next.

1316: So, it's farewell to Piers for now, and to Katie O'Brien for good (or at least for this year in the singles). She collects the honour of becoming the first player to be knocked out of Wimbledon 2011, which I'm pretty sure is an unwanted one. Anyway, give this page a manual refresh and you will know who will be talking to you for the next few hours.

By Piers Newbery

1311: Enough of my waffling, you now have the choice of heading over to Tom Fordyce's game-by-game coverage of Nadal v Russell, or sticking around here as Chris Bevan takes you around the grounds this afternoon. I have baguette enquiries to pursue....

It's bad news for a Briton
1308: Japan's Kimiko Date-Krumm defeats Britain's Katie O'Brien 6-0 7-5. Glossing over the negatives there, another day of landmarks for Date-Krumm. Aside from winning the first match on the new Court Three, aged 40 years and 8 months she becomes the second-oldest player to win a match at Wimbledon after Martina Navratilova (47 years, 8 months) in 2004, and the fifth oldest at any Grand Slam in the Open Era.

1303: Rafa is in the building. A great ovation for Nadal, and Michael Russell, as the pair walk onto a surprisingly bright Centre Court. Both men are bobbing up and down on their toes like prizefighters and we're good to go. Meanwhile, Vera Zvonareva and Alison Riske are knocking up on Court One, Vera sticking with the tracky bottoms for now.

1300: Venus and Feliciano Lopez have won their opening sets, and the comeback is on over on Court Three. After saving a match point with a forehand pass on her own serve, O'Brien breaks Date-Krumm to make it 5-5 in the second.

BBC Sport's Wimbledon Mole: "I can confirm that Boris has ditched the shell suit (see 0906) and is now kitted out in a natty pinstripe city slicker suit. I tried pumping him for information about who is going to win this year, but even faced with my sternest line of questioning he wouldn't give me a sniff, the wily old fox. "Come back and see me next week when I have studied their form." Oh I will Boris, I will. "

Greg Rusedski via Twitter: "Just heard I might be doing Mahut v Isner. Say it isn't so. That means I will only need to do one match from tuesday until end of the week."

From anon via text: "Disagree with mcenroe, its nice to have someone in sport who doesn't feel the need to boast. I don't like nadals style of play but I like him as a person."

Tracy Austin
1243: "The Williams sisters spend a lot of time picking out their outfits and their jewellery, making sure everything matches," says Tracy Austin, as Venus transports her dress around Court Two. Canadian star on the rise, and huge server, Milos Raonic is a set up on Marc Gicquel. He could be a third-round opponent and possible dangerman for Nadal.

1236: OK, O'Brien briefly stops the rot but is then broken to fall 3-2 down in the second against Date-Krumm, while Venus has gone 3-1 up on Amanmuradova. Latest score updates can be found here by the way, we will continue to ramble around the grounds.

John McEnroe
1229: Three-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe on Rafael Nadal's hopes of defending his title: "I'm getting a little bit tired of him continuing to downplay his chances. There is definitely an argument for him not only being the best player at the moment, but the greatest of all time. Rafa has won things like the Davis Cup and an Olympic gold medal (in singles) that Roger Federer hasn't, and he is right on his tail in terms of Grand Slam titles too - so why can't he just say 'look, I'm the best'."

1226: We've barely started and already I've had to report on a Brit dropping a set to love, and now there's news of Venus's outfit. It appears to be an all-in-one number incoporating a pair of shorts and a massive slit down the back. This is not my area of expertise.

A bagel
1220: Oh dear. Just as Venus wins the first point of the day on Court Two, over on Court Three O'Brien smacks a forehand into the net to drop the first set 6-0 against Date-Krumm in just 17 minutes.

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1217: Right, what's happening out there? Well, Date-Krumm is 5-0 up on O'Brien, good old Tommy Haas is back and a game up on Gilles Muller on Court 19, the ever popular Feliciano Lopez is taking on Michael Berrer on Court Three, and Venus has turned up! There's an interesting one on Court 17 too, a Americans Donald Young and Alex Bolgomolov square up - both men had shock wins over Andy Murray in the dark days of winter as the Briton endured his traditional post-Australia slump.

1212: More BBC treats for you, you lucky people, as 5live coverage gets under way and can be accessed by the link on the right-hand side of this page, with a quick refresh, and for the first time you can watch some coverage online in glorious HD - give it a go.

BBC Sport's Wimbledon Mole: "Just been for a burrow around the grounds and it is genuinely quite warm. Short sleeves and sun hats are de rigueur, but anyone without a brolly is a fool! The clouds already look threatening. Little tip, keep your eyes glued to the BBC coverage later on today as a certain Jimmy Connors is due to lock horns with his old foe John McEnroe, sadly though in the studio not on Centre. Should make for some great TV as they re-live wooden racquets, rivalry, bad hair and those tight shorts."

1205: Great news for Britain as Katie O'Brien wins the first point of Wimbledon 2011. We'll take everything we can get. Uzbekistan's Akgul Amanmuradova is out on Court Two, still waiting for Venus....

Sue Barker
1200: Wimbledon has officially started, I can see Sue Barker - and so can you by following the video stream at the top of this page (UK only).

1156: Katie O'Brien and Kimiko Date-Krumm are introduced to the Duke of Kent as the shiny new Court Three is officially opened, and another impressive addition to the All England Club facilities is up and running. It's on the site of the old Court Two, while the new Court Two, which opened last year, is over by Court 12. Just opposite Court 10. Still with me?

A celeb has been spotted
1145: Correct, Liam, and in the interests of balance, can you give equal support to Naomi's opponent and fellow Brit, Anne Keothavong? Exciting times at the All England Club as the nets are up, the ball boys and girls are out on court, and today's Royal Box attendees are in. Sir Terry Wogan, Sir Clive Woodward, Richard Krajicek and Rafael Nadal's parents will be there from 1300 BST.

British junior Liam Broady via Twitter: "Everyone at Wimbledon today make sure you give my sister @NaomiBroady some support on court 12... 4th match I think..."

The sun is out
1135: "The weather looks pretty fair, although there is a chance of showers late in the afternoon," says the Voice of Wimbledon. It's a new Voice this year and he didn't even mention the shop, or the availability of suncream/umbrellas. He has much to learn.

1129: Right, important info if you've managed to secure a place on the sofa to cosy up with your TV/laptop/Red Button. The first matches begin from 1200 BST, and here is the plan: Court 2 - Amanmuradova v Venus (BBC2); Court 3 - official opening from 1145 BST and then O'Brien v Date-Krumm (also on Freeview); Court 18 - Wickmayer v Lepchenko; Court 12 - Fish v Granollers (online only). Both Centre Court and Court One will be available from 1300 BST.

The view from the fans
1122: In no-way ripped off from previous live texts, I bring you the ultimate guide for those with ground passes from my colleague Chris Bevan. "As ever, a feast of delights awaits anyone armed only with a ground pass on day one, and I'm not just talking about the chance to queue for some strawberries. Thank your lucky stars then, for Bevo's Outside Court Golden Ticket - a completely new (ahem) idea to point the uninitiated in the direction of the best available action around the courts. There is a clear winner today, too, thanks to a line-up of real quality on Court 18. First up is rising Belgian star Yanina Wickmayer, followed by a former Wimbledon semi-finalist in Frenchman Richard Gasquet, and then the main attraction - Mr Juan Martin del Potro. The Argentine, who perhaps surprisingly has only ever got as far as round two here in three previous visits, begins his campaign against Italy's Flavio Cipolla. If that's not enough for you, the day ends with Andrea Petkovic dancing on, and probably off, for her first-round match against France's Stephanie Foretz Gacon. Your only potential problem with that little lot is if, and when, it rains.

1114: Both Britain's number one players will be writing columns for us throughout the championships, and hopefully their spelling will be better than mine. Elena Baltacha takes on Geman qualifier Mona Barthel on Tuesday, although the Scot is aware that the weather could play a part. "Unless you are one of the big names likely to be scheduled on Centre Court under the roof, then you have to accept that. You could say that it gives an advantage to the big names because Serena Williams, for example, knows that she will definitely play on Tuesday at 1pm. I don't have a problem with that, though, because Serena has earned that privilege."

1107: Play begins in under an hour but there are plenty of balls being hit around the grounds right now as this afternoon's players practise, with Rafael Nadal and Feliciano Lopez the big draw out on Court 19, while Laura Robson is out and about at the Aorangi practice courts.

BBC Sport's David Ornstein via Twitter: "Sun cream the order of the day on Murray Mound, champagne corks already popping. #bbctennis"

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From anon in Somerset via text: "WIMBLEDON!!! I'm so excited I could have a seizure at any minute! I can't tell you how upset I am to have to go a wedding on finals weekend - poor scheduling!! Still, so much excitement to be had before then! Wahoo!"

It's good news for a Briton
1046: Done the weather - check; Murraymania - check; the roof - check........ what's wrong with British tennis!?! I knew there was something. Well, it's not all doom and gloom actually. Aside from Murray, we have a number of women doing well in the rankings and some hopeful signs among the junior boys. However, the fact remains that we enter Wimbledon with only one player holding realistic hopes of making the second week, which still isn't good enough. Let's hope that we get off to a good start today with Andy Murray, Katie' O'Brien, Dan Cox, Anne Keothavong and Naomi Broady all in action. And as the last two are playing each other, hopes are high for at least two British wins.

Venus Williams
1037: If it's hard to pick a winner in the gentlemen's singles, try making sense of the ladies' singles. We have the returning Williams sisters after lengthy injury lay-offs, a fomer champion showing signs of being a real threat in Maria Sharapova, a newly-crowned French Open champion in Li Na, in-form names in the frame like Marion Bartoli, Petra Kvitova. Oh, and the world number one, Caroline Wozniacki. And maybe Victoria Azarenka. I have no idea, clearly.

The view from the fans
1030: "Please do not run," requests the Voice of Wimbledon as the brave queuers prepare to be let loose among the grounds of the All England Club. "Would the stewards please open the gates.... now." OK, I see jogging, definite jogging. Guards!

Rafael Nadal
1023: So who's the favourite for the men's title? Rafael Nadal is the world number one and has just won his sixth French Open title, and he's unbeaten in his past 14 matches at Wimbledon having won the title in 2008 and 2010. Injury prevented him from walking out as the defending champion in 2009, so today is a proud day for Rafa. Roger Federer has his eyes on a seventh Wimbledon title and equalling Pete Sampras, Novak Djokovic is starting a new winning streak after his 43-match unbeaten run ended in Paris, and Andy Murray has the game, but does he have the mind to overcome those three? Any other takers?

BBC Sport's Wimbledon Mole: "Greetings all from the inner bowels of the Wimbledon Broadcast Centre were it is my brief to sniff out all the secrets, gossip, fashion news and tittle tattle for you lucky people. Thus far, it has all been going off in the BBC Production office - Lindsay Davenport has just been in full of smiles and wielding a tennis racquet with intent, Sue Barker is busily preparing her scripts, but there is as yet no sign of the legendary Greg 'Ruser' Rusedski, who I am now free to approach again after the terms of my restraining order expired last week. Great times!"

From Scott_x2 via Twitter: "Cannot wait for Wimbledon to start today, lets hope it nice and quiet at work come 1pm so I can watch the Nadal match in peace. #bbctennis"

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Craig, Bucks, via text: "Re: 0912, unless my calendar's wrong, it's 134 years since the first Championship in 1877."
And so it begins....

1001: Chief executive Ian Ritchie says over the PA that this is "a very special year for Wimbledon and wishes us "all good fortune for the next fortnight". Good man.

Andy Murray
0956: Britain's number one arrives at Wimbledon on the back of an impressive win at Queen's, and a first semi-final at the French Open. "I'm much more professional than I ever was in the build-up to this Wimbledon," Murray said over the weekend. "I've learned a lot about my game, about my mindset and what I'm going to need [to do] to get past Roger [Federer], Rafa [Nada] and Novak [Djokovic]." The world number four will be relaxing by writing columns after each match for the BBC Sport website. In the 125th Wimbledon, and 75 years after Fred Perry's last win, it would be mathematically neat if he could do the business this year.

0945: Even the gift of a spectacluarly bad cup of tea cannot lessen my delight at the arrival of Team BBC in Commentary Box Four, full of tales of functioning trains and a shining sun. It's all going a bit too well so far. I know, let's talk about Andy Murray!

From Steven Crouch via Twitter: "Can't wait for Wimbledon to start! At work with the BBC website up and Running, I think this is Murray's year. #bbctennis"

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A medical student via text: "Good morning livefeed - i need you to be my lifeline this year as i have exams for the next 2 weeks. I'm trying not to get distracted by the tv, but the livefeed is ok, yes??"

Latest scores
0930: If you're heading into Wimbledon with a ground pass, you might get lucky and grab a seat on Court Two, where Venus Williams takes on Akgul Amanmuradova from 1200 BST (interested to hear Venus's thoughts on that bit of scheduling afterwards), or head to the shiny new Court Three, where Britain's Katie O'Brien plays Japan's 40-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm (sorry, Kimiko), while all eyes will be on Centre at 1300 BST when men's champion Rafael Nadal faces American Michael Russell.

0922: Oh well, that's a much more optimistic forecast than we had over the weekend and it seems that the Tube is running OK, despite a strike, so we should be in decent shape for the start of play at 1200 BST around the grounds.

The sun is out
0917: I can't quite believe my eyes but Centre Court is bathed in sunshine, although I fear that after two almost completely dry years in 2009 and 2010, it could be payback time in 2011. "We won't be needing umbrellas through the course of the afternoon and it will feel pleasantly warm until the clouds arrive, but we might need the Centre Court roof from around 1700 BST," says BBC Breakfast's Carol Kirkwood. "If you're coming to Wimbledon on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, bring some waterproofs - although the forecast could change before then."

0912: Is it really 125 years since Spencer Gore won the first Wimbledon title in front of 200 spectators? It seems like only yesterday. Those were the formative days of live text and things have moved on somewhat, with the BBC bringing you coverage on BBC1, BBC2, the Red Button, in HD and 3D, across radio 5live and online. And, for the final time this year, good old ceefax. All of which is completely dependent on the actual tennis being up to scratch, but with some of the greatest players the sport has ever seen on show over the next fortnight, that's pretty much guaranteed. BBC2 kicks off with Sue Barker from 1200 BST.

Boris Becker
0906: There's a sizeable queue building across the road and, after a damp evening, the troops have their sprirts raised with a visit from Chris Hollins. And our first sighting this year of Boris Becker! The 1985 champion is wearing a tracksuit, which is frankly disappointing, but there's plenty of time for a costume change. "This year you have four amazing players, all in good form, so we can expect great tennis," says Boris, before demonstrating the service technique that I, myself, have copied to pefection over the years, right up until the moment the ball is struck.

0900: We'll be here every day this week from 0900 BST and across all the action throughout the fortnight, relying on your tweets (via hashtag #bbctennis) and texts (81111 in the UK) from wherever you're following the action. With the All England Club chock full of tennis legends to quiz about backhands and forehands, expert input will be especially welcome in the areas of weather forecasting and tennis fashion (disasters).

0858: Morning all, and welcome to Cente Court at Wimbledon. And, no, the roof isn't closed.

All times in BST

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