Novak Djokovic practices as he prepares to start his bid for a fifth successive Wimbledon title ©Getty Images

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina are set to defend the men’s and women’s singles titles at the year’s third Grand Slam tennis tournament, the Wimbledon Championships, which begins in London tomorrow.

Djokovic is looking to win the title for a fifth consecutive edition, and the eighth time overall, and as tradition dictates he will open proceedings on Centre Court on day one, against Argentina’s Pedro Cachin.

Djokovic has not lost on Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Club since 2013, when he was defeated by Britain’s Sir Andy Murray in the final, and is the man to beat again in 2023, a year that has already seen him win a record 23rd men's singles Grand Slam title.

In last year's final, Djokovic defeated Australia's Nick Kyrgios, who withdrew late this evening citing a wrist injury.

The top seed is Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz, the winner of last year’s US Open, and the champion at the 2023 Cinch Championships at Queen’s, a traditional warm-up event for Wimbledon.

Alcaraz starts his campaign against France’s Jeremy Chardy.

Russian and Belarusian players are permitted to compete as neutrals this year, having been controversially banned in 2022 due to the two countries invasion of Ukraine.

On the men’s side, Daniil Medvedev, the 2021 US Open champion, is seeded third, with the neutral athlete up against British wildcard Arthur Fery.

Elsewhere in the men’s singles draw, there is a standout tie in the form of an all-British encounter between double Wimbledon champion Sir Andy Murray and wildcard Ryan Peniston.

Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan is the defending women's singles champion, and is set to open her Wimbledon campaign on Tuesday ©Getty Images
Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan is the defending women's singles champion, and is set to open her Wimbledon campaign on Tuesday ©Getty Images

In the women’s draw, defending champion Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, seeded third, is due to open her defence in the opening match on Centre Court on Tuesday (July 4).

Rybakina, who was born in Russia, before switching to Kazakhstan in 2018, starts her campaign against Shelby Rogers of the United States.

The top seed is Poland’s Iga Świątek, who has won four Grand Slam titles but never advanced past round four at Wimbledon.

The French Open champion begins her campaign against China’s Lin Zhu, in the first scheduled match on Number 1 Court tomorrow.

At the opposite end of the draw, the second seed is neutral athlete Aryna Sabalenka, with this year’s Australian Open champion starting against Hungarian Panna Udvardy.

Among the other stand-out matches in the women’s draw is a meeting of two wildcards, as five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams of the United States meets Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina, a semi-finalist at SW19 in 2019.

Their match is scheduled second on Centre Court tomorrow, with the schedule on the main court completed by men's eighth seed Jannik Sinner of Italy against Argentina's Francisco Cerundolo.

The tournament is due to conclude on Sunday (July 16), with action also taking place in junior, doubles, wheelchair and invitational competitions.