Andy Murray to face Nikoloz Basilashvili on Wimbledon return as Jack Draper draws Novak Djokovic test

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Andy Murray to face Nikoloz Basilashvili on Wimbledon return as Jack Draper draws Novak Djokovic test
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Andy Murray faces a tough first Wimbledon singles match since 2017 after being drawn against No24 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili in the opening round.

The two-time Wimbledon champion limped off court following his quarter-final against Sam Querrey four years ago, paving the way for his ensuing hip surgery.

He returned to SW19 for the mixed doubles at the last event two years ago in a star-studded pairing with Serena Williams, but played no part in the singles.

Murray only made his return to singles action after a three-month hiatus at Queen’s Club last week, beating Benoit Paire in the opening round before being knocked out by eventual champion Matteo Berrettini.

Should Murray prove successful against Basilashvili, he will then face either Oscar Otte or Arthur Rinderknech, with highly-rated Canadian No10 seed Denis Shapovalov potentially lying in wait in the third round.

Jack Draper will have the toughest of Wimbledon debuts with a first-round match against world No1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic, who is the overwhelming favourite to win this year’s title and join Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 20 Grand Slams apiece at the end of the fortnight.

The consolation for teenager Draper, who impressed on his way to the quarter-finals at Queen’s, is that he will be playing on Centre Court on Monday in front of a 50 per cent capacity crowd.

Andy Murray has not played a singles match at Wimbledon for four years (Getty Images)
Andy Murray has not played a singles match at Wimbledon for four years (Getty Images)

Tellingly Djokovic and Roger Federer, the No6 seed, are in different sides of the draw. The Swiss is potentially a third-round opponent for Cameron Norrie, who is seeded at a Slam for the first time after his run to the final at Queen’s.

Norrie opens up against Lucas Pouille, while British No1 Dan Evans takes on grasscourt specialist Feliciano Lopez in his first-round match.

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