Murray leads Brits at Wimbledon

Two-time champion Andy Murray has a “good draw” as he begins his return to the singles at Wimbledon after a four-year absence.

This is a good draw for Murray, because Basilashvili is a great ball-striker who isn't so comfortable when you change the pace. And we know how good Murray is at doing that Barry Cowan

The Brit, a former world No.1 who has made a stop-start comeback from hip problems. takes on Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili in the first round.

Basilashvili, 29, who has been accused of domestic abuse, is seeded 24, won two titles this year and was a semi-finalist in Halle.

And Murray, 34, a wild card world-ranked 119, has only played four tour-level matches this year.

But pundit Barry Cowan, the ex-British No.3 who commentated on the draw for radio: “This is a good draw for Murray, because Basilashvili is a great ball-striker who isn’t so comfortable when you change the pace. And we know how good Murray is at doing that.”

Home whizz kid Jack Draper, a wild card who made the last eight at Queen’s Club, has been drawn to face defending champion and tournament favourite Novak Djokovic, the world No.1 chasing his 20th Grand Slam title.

British No.1 Dan Evans takes on Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez, while home No.2 Cameron Norrie meets Frenchman Lucas Pouille and could come up against eight-time champion Roger Federer in the third round.

In the women’s singles, British No.1 Jo Konta, a semi-finalist in 2017, will open against Katerina Siniakova, of the Czech Republic. Konta could meet Ashleigh Barty, the top seed, in the third round, Barty, troubled by hip problems, kicks off against Carla Suarez Navarro, who came back after a cancer scare at the French Open.

British No.4 Fran Jones, born minus a finger on each hand, makes her Championship main draw debut against the preciously-talented Coco Gauff, 17, of the United States.

British qualifier Katie Swan, who made the second round three years ago, faces 2017 US Open finalist Madison Keys.

She defeated Australian Arina Rodionova in the final round of qualifying.

Home ace Heather Watson meets American lucky loser Kristie Ahn.

Brit Katie Boulter takes on Danielle Lao, a compatriot of Ahn, while Emma Raducanu is drawn against Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia.

Britain have three seeds – in Konta, Evans and Norrie – for the first time in singles since 1978. There are 15 Brits in the men’s and women’s singles draws.

Men's British No.1 Daniel Evans has a tricky first round against veteran Feliciano Lopez

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BRITS AT WIMBLEDON (as listed by the BBC):
Men’s draw:
(WC denotes wildcard, numbers denote seedings)
Jack Draper [WC] v Novak Djokovic (Srb) [1]
Liam Broady [WC] v Marco Cecchinato (Ita)
Jay Clarke [WC] v Egor Gerasimov (Blr)
Dan Evans [22] v Feliciano Lopez (Spa)
Andy Murray [WC] v Nikoloz Basilashvili (Geo)
Cameron Norrie [29] v Lucas Pouille (Fra)

Women’s draw:
(WC denotes wildcard, numbers denote seedings)
Johanna Konta [27] v Katerina Siniakova (Cze)
Samantha Murray Shahan [WC] v Sorana Cirstea (Rou)
Emma Raducanu [WC] v Vitalia Diatchenko (Rus)
Francesca Jones [WC] v Coco Gauff (US) [20]
Heather Watson v Kristie Ahn (US)
Harriet Dart [WC] v Elise Mertens (Bel) [13]
Jodie Burrage [WC] v Lauren Davis (US)
Katie Boulter [WC] v Danielle Lao (US)
Katie Swan v Madison Keys (US) [23]

Britain's women's No.1 Johanna Konta won Nottingham s preparation for The Championships

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