MURRAY Mania is set to sweep the country once again next week as Scots tennis star Andy Murray begins his bid to reclaim the Wimbledon crown
The 2013 champion will be hoping to land another Majors title when the tournament swings into action on Monday, after crashing out in the quarter-finals last year.
But it is likely Murray will have to overcome defending champion and number one seed Novak Djokovic in the semis if he is to achieve glory, after the Scottish star was seeded third for this year’s championships.
Tonight, all eyes will be on the sport’s female stars, including Maria Sharapova and the Williams sisters, as they walk the red carpet at a pre-Wimbledon party at Kensington’s Roof Gardens in west London.
The British Association of Tennis Supporters have insisted Glasgow-born Murray will have the full support of the Wimbledon crowd this year despite having voiced his support for Scottish independence in last September’s referendum.
Britain’s Laura Robson, who won the Wimbledon girls’ title in 2008, will also appear at the tournament after a 17-month injury lay-off.
Bookmaker William Hill is offering odds of 5/2 for a Murray victory at Wimbledon, while Djokovic is favourite on 5/4.
Seven-times Wimbledon champion Roger Federer is a 6/1 shot, while Rafael Nadal, who is seeded 10th for the championships, is 12/1 to win.
Former players have hailed Murray’s form since he married his long-term girlfriend Kim Sears in April.
The 28-year-old declared “marriage works” last month as he won his second clay court title in the run-up to the French Open, where he eventually reached the semi-finals.
And on Sunday he secured his fourth Queen’s title to join the likes of fellow-four time winners John McEnroe, Boris Becker and Lleyton Hewitt.
A second Wimbledon title would add to Murray’s already glittering career, which includes an Olympic gold medal from London 2012 and a US Open title.
Murray will be coached by the heavily pregnant Amelie Mauresmo for a second time at Wimbledon, alongside new recruit Jonas Bjorkman.
Mauresmo, a former Wimbledon women’s champion, replaced his previous trainer Ivan Lendl in March last year, making Murray the highest profile man in the sport to appoint a female coach.
The All England Club will award a total of £26.75 million in prize money to competitors at the championships.
The gentlemen’s and ladies’ singles champions will each receive £1.88 million, a 7% increase on last year.
The queue for tickets starts at 8am on Sunday.