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Monday at Wimbledon

Andy Murray may have ended Britain's 77-year wait for a men's singles champion 12 months ago, but there is a new tournament to be won and expectations will be sky-high when he walks out onto Centre Court on Monday afternoon.

The 27-year-old has defended a major title before, at the US Open last year, but it will be a new experience for him at his ninth Wimbledon.

The last British player to defend a Wimbledon singles title was 1977 champion Virginia Wade, but the No 3 seed will this time have the 2006 Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo in in corner.

Murray will have the traditional honour of beginning the defence of his title by playing in the opening match on Centre Court, against Belgian David Goffin carrying Britain's sporting hopes on his shoulders.

The Scot will be hoping to land another title in SW19 following his historic victory last summer against Novak Djokovic.

"I don't know how I'm going to deal with it because it's something I've never had to do before," said Murray on the defence of his title.

"But last year the final was definitely the most pressure I'd felt in all the years I'd played here and I managed to come through it. That comes with age and experience."

As well as Murray, six other British players will be in action on the first day of the Championships.

In the men's singles, British No 2 Dan Evans plays Andrey Kuznetsov, James Ward takes on 17th seed Mikhail Youzhny, teenager Kyle Edmund faces Andreas Haider-Maurer and Dan Cox meets Jeremy Chardy.

In the women's event, British No 3 Johanna Konta plays Peng Shuai and Naomi Broady meets Timea Babos.

Chinese second seed Li Na will follow Murray on Centre Court when she takes on world No 175 Paula Kania from Poland and then top seed Novak Djokovic and last year's runner-up to Murray rounds off the action against Andrey Golubev - the world No 55 from Kazakhstan with the Serb aiming to regain the title he won in 2011.

On court one two-time semi-finalist Victoria Azarenka returns to action after a recurring foot injury forced her to miss the French Open. The former world No 1 faces German-born Croatian Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

Queen's Club champion Grigor Dimitrov from Bulgaria follows Azarenka with a clash against American Ryan Harrison before 14th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga takes on Jurgen Melzer from Austria in the final match.

On court two Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych, who won his first ATP title for two years in Rotterdam in February, is expected to progress against 32-year-old Victor Hanescu from Romania.

And then Venus Williams begins her 17th Wimbledon campaign. Like sister Serena, she has triumphed five times, and Venus, now ranked 30th in the world, should have the wherewithal to fend off Spanish clay-court expert Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor.

Australia's Sam Stosur, seventh seed David Ferrer and 2011 champion Petra Kvitova are in action on court three. They face Yanina Wickmayer, Pablo Carreno Busta and Andrea Hlavackova respectively. Britain's Ward is second up against the experienced Youzhny from Russia.

Temperatures are expected to hit 24C tomorrow, and the next few days are expected to return to the dry weather the capital has been enjoying, but temperatures will be slightly lower.