07/03 06:50 CDT Wimbledon updates | 8-time champion Federer pays a visit
Wimbledon updates | 8-time champion Federer pays a visit
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) --- The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):
Roger Federer returned to Wimbledon as the All England Club prepared to
celebrate the centenary of Centre Court.
Federer has won eight Wimbledon titles --- a men's singles record --- but is
not playing at the grass-court tournament for the first time since his debut in
The 20-time Grand Slam champion was dressed in a dark suit and white sneakers
as he walked the grounds toward Centre Court.
Federer said earlier this year that any tournament comeback from his knee
surgery last year will not be until at least the late summer.
The 40-year-old Swiss hasn't played since losing in the quarterfinals at
Wimbledon a year ago in his 22nd appearance in the tournament.
Three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic will be back on Centre Court on
Day 7 at Wimbledon as fourth-round play gets started.
The traditional day of rest on the middle Sunday at the All England Club is no
more. A British player, Heather Watson, will be first on Centre Court to mark
the occasion. She will face Jule Niemeier.
Fifth-seeded Carlos Alcaraz then plays Jannik Sinner, before the top-seeded
Djokovic is last in the main stadium against Tim van Rijthoven of the
On No. 1 Court, third-seeded Ons Jabeur will play Elise Mertens.
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