Andy Murray may be absent this year with injury but Britain’s two big hopes began their Wimbledon campaigns on Tuesday.
World number one Rafael Nadal, three-time winner Novak Djokovic, 2004 champion Maria Sharapova and two-time winner Petra Kvitova were also in action, as were six other Britons, on a day when World Cup fever hit SW19.
Here are five things from Wimbledon today…
- Watch live coverage of day two at Wimbledon
- Live scores, schedule and results
- Nadal & Djokovic comfortably into round two
- Two-time champion Kvitova loses in first round
Can Edmund and Konta handle home pressure?
When two-time champion Murray pulled out on the eve of the tournament because of a hip injury, hopes of a home winner fell on the shoulders of British number ones Kyle Edmund and Johanna Konta.
Both progressed safely into round two in straight sets with world number 17 Edmund beating Australian debutant Alex Bolt and 24th-ranked Konta overcoming Russian Natalia Vikhlyantseva.
Former British number one Greg Rusedski said 23-year-old Edmund produced an “excellent first-round performance”.
“After watching Kyle played today I am really impressed,” he said. “He looked so comfortable and so confident. He is the real deal and it is good to see him doing so well.”
Former British number one Jo Durie said Konta would be “pleased” with her display.
“It got a little sticky half way through that second set,” Durie said. “Konta fought hard and trusted herself in the end. A tough encounter but a good first match to win.”
Konta and Edmund were not the only Britons playing on day two.
At one point there were four British players on court.
- 21-year-old Katie Boulter won her first match at a Grand Slam by beating Veronica Cepede Royg in three sets.
- Teenager Jay Clarke came painfully close to the second round, losing in five sets to Ernests Gulbis, on his Grand Slam singles debut.
- Naomi Broady opened on Centre Court but was dispatched in straight sets by defending champion Garbine Muguruza.
- British number two Heather Watson lost 6-4 7-5 against Belgian Kirsten Flipkens.
- Gabriella Taylor forced a third set against 2014 finalist Eugenie Bouchard before losing on her Wimbledon singles debut.
- Katy Dunne, the world number 212, also played on Centre Court but lost in straight sets against 12th seed Jelena Ostapenko.
World Cup fever hits Wimbledon
But all of the talk has not been about tennis at Wimbledon.
Day two coincided with England’s World Cup knockout tie against Colombia with players and fans attempting to keep across both events.
Konta said she would “definitely” be watching the tie while Edmund admitted the spectators might have been pleased his match ended in under two hours.
“I think a lot of people are probably happy that I won in the way I did and everyone can get off and watch the match,” he said.
There have also been a number of England shirts on show around the Wimbledon grounds, and even on the practice courts.
Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene, who represented Great Britain before switching his allegiance back to the country of his birth last year, arrived for practice wearing an England shirt with Harry Kane’s name on the back.
Will Nadal rival Federer?
Rafael Nadal, 32, and Roger Federer, 36, come into the tournament having won the last six Grand Slams with both having a resurgence at the end of their careers.
Federer was supreme in beginning his title defence on day one and Nadal was also impressive in beating Dudi Sela on Tuesday, as the Spaniard bids to go beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time since 2011.
“It was a strong performance. A convincing victory against a tricky opponent,” two-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker said. “It was a good all-round win.”
Another player to watch is three-time champion Djokovic who made a solid start, beating American Tennys Sandgren in straight sets.
Djokovic has had an injury-hit season but looked to have returned to form in reaching the final at Queen’s last month.
Kvitova & Sharapova out as shocks continue
The opening day saw a number of shocks with Sloane Stephens, Elina Svitolina and Grigor Dimitrov among the big names going out.
The trend continued on Tuesday with former champions Petra Kvitova and Maria Sharapova among the seeds to be knocked out.
Sharapova, the 22nd seed, had match point in the second set but ended up losing 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 to world number 132 and fellow Russian Vitalia Diatchenko.
It was Sharapova’s first defeat in the opening round at the All England Club and came as she made her return to the tournament after a three-year absence.
Eighth seed Kvitova was one of the pre-tournament favourites for the women’s singles title but struggled physically in her three-set defeat by world number 50 Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
“I just didn’t feel well,” the Czech said. “The nerves were there again. I don’t know. I just tried to kind of fight with myself.”
Sixth seed Caroline Garcia and 10th seed David Goffin also lost while Austrian seventh seed Dominic Thiem went out after he retired when two sets down against Marcos Baghdatis.
In total 21 seeds – 11 men and 10 women – have been knocked out in the opening round.
Kyrgios leaves ball girl in tears
Australian Nick Kyrgios made a strong start to the tournament in a four-set win over Denis Istomin.
He hit an impressive 42 aces in the match but a ball girl left the court in tears after being hit by one of the 23-year-old’s serves.
“Originally when I heard the sound, I thought it hit the scoreboard,” Kyrgios said.
“Then I realised it was her arm. She started crying. It was tough but she took it like a champ. I’d have been crying, for sure.”
What about Wednesday?
Roger Federer and Serena Williams both play their second-round matches on Centre Court on Wednesday.
Eight-time winner Federer is second on court against Lukas Lacko, followed by seven-time champion Williams’ match with Viktoriya Tomova while seventh seed Karolina Pliskova against Victoria Azarenka is first.
Teenager Katie Swan is the only British player in singles action, first on court three from 11:30 BST against Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu.