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PremierLeague-News.Com - The fourth round of the men’s and women’s singles starts on Sunday, a now permanent fixture of the tournament’s schedule
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Tennis! On the Middle Sunday! Wait… Has there been rain? Well, yes, some, but that is no longer the reason for action on what has traditionally been a rest day at Wimbledon.“The reasons for this are many,” the All England Club (AELTC) explained when announcing last year their Championships would become a full 14-day affair from 2022.Revenue is one factor they did not mention – although an extra day of selling tickets, strawberries and Pimm’s should certainly help generate income – but instead the possibility of reaching a greater audience was cited, as well as the chance to spread out the schedule, which in turn does away with Manic Monday when all fourth-round singles matches had previously taken place.Wimbledon are keen for today to remain the “People’s Sunday”, coined from the fact there would be a last minute and therefore relatively local scramble for tickets if the day was ever required (adverse weather has only resulted in four occasions where a Middle Sunday was required in 1991, 1997, 2004, 2016).Indeed, chairman Ian Hewitt said the day would have a “strong focus on the local community in particular”.The Middle Sunday will also celebrate 100 years of Centre Court, while it just so happens that one British hopeful will be in action on the main show court in her bid to go further in a grand slam than she has ever done before…Ones to watchSo let’s get to the action, with British No 4 Heather Watson opening play on Centre Court. The 30-year-old is into the fourth round of a slam for the first time, and she faces fellow unseeded player Jule Niemeier for a place in the quarters.More from TennisKyrgios is ‘evil and a bully’, Tsitsipas is ‘soft’ - a tale of two Wimbledon press conferences03 July, 2022'That's a default, bro!' - Kyrgios furious over failure to disqualify Tsitsipas from Wimbledon02 July, 2022Broady refuses to blame rackets but admits he got it wrong in Wimbledon defeat02 July, 2022Watson is ranked No 121, Niemeier is No 97, and having both defied expectations to get this far it is a tough match to predict. Watson won their first and only meeting on the hard courts of Monterrey in Mexico back in February, with that 6-3 2-6 7-6(4) outlining that today’s match could well go the distance as well.
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.The No 9 seed is the highest-ranked played left in his quarter of the draw, and takes on No 30 seed Tommy Paul with a view to reaching his first-ever grand slam quarter.Meanwhile, after a potential popcorn clash between No 10 seed Jannik Sinner and No 5 Carlos Alcaraz, men’s defending champion Novak Djokovic closes play on Centre Court against Tim van Rijthoven, who has beaten seeds Nikoloz Basilashvili and Reilly Opelka to reach the fourth round.Upset watchPicking out upsets can be relatively difficult at this stage given all players have come through three encounters already. Van Rijthoven ousting Djokovic truly would be an upset, and with the other three matches in the men’s singles on Sunday looking to be close calls, do not expect Norrie to breeze his way past Johnson, who is yet to drop a set and only exited Queen’s and Eastbourne when losing to Matteo Berrettini and Alex de Minaur respectively.On paper, the greatest rankings gap in the women’s singles on Sunday sees No 12 seed Jelena Ostapenko face world No 103 Tatjana Maria first on No 1 Court. As Harmony Tan has shown, these players ranked outside the top 100 are nothing to be sniffed at, and Maria has proven that herself too, beating No 5 seed Maria Sakkari in the previous round.Order of play(All times BST and order of play is subject to change)Centre Court (From 1.30pm)Heather Watson vs Jule NiemeierJannik Sinner (10) vs Carlos Alcaraz (5)Novak Djokovic (1) vs Tim van RijthovenNo 1 Court (From 1pm)Tatjana Maria vs Jelena Ostapenko (12)Cameron Norrie (9) vs Tommy Paul (30)Elise Mertens (24) vs Ons Jabeur (3)No 2 Court (From 11am)Marie Bouzkova vs Caroline GarciaDavid Goffin vs Frances Tiafoe (23)Follow i sport on Facebook for more tennis news, interviews and features, or listen to the Love Tennis Podcast presented by i‘s James Gray on iTunes, Spotify or just search “Love Tennis” wherever you get your podcasts
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