WIMBLEDON – If Monday's Centre Court opening with reigning men's champion Andy Murray was emotional, Tuesday's opening with the ladies' champ... – oh, wait, she's not playing.
Sabine Lisicki of Germany, who lost in the final a year ago, gets that honor instead, by purely Wimbledonian logic. And it could be rather awkward. You just hope they don't have retired champion Marion Bartoli sitting in the Royal Box to remind Lisicki of all the tears she shed a year ago. If Israel's Julia Glushko manages to pull off the upset, and it's not entirely out of the question, Lisicki might bookend a difficult year with a few more tears.
After that bang-up start, and more rumblings about how they should have given that honour to Serena Williams (she said she didn't care, by the way), there will be another rare sight: Roger Federer, who has won this thing seven times, opens up his bid for No. 8 on ... Court 1.
And here's the weather forecast. It's excellent, if slightly breezy, and not too hot.
Matches to watch
*Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will be first up on Court No. 1, after having had all night to think about how to serve out the match against Jürgen Melzer of Austria at 5-4 in the fifth set. And American Sam Querrey is one game away from finishing off countryman Bradley Klahn in four sets after the rain shortened his effort Monday.
*Serena Williams's victim on Centre Court today is Anna Tatishvili, who until recently was a Georgian (not the Peachtree State, but the former Soviet Republic) but is now a proud American. It's unlikely that fact will make Williams take it any easier on her.
*Nadal's Centre Court opponent will be Slovak Martin Klizan who, in his younger, dumber days, once said this about him (put it through Google Translate; Klizan later said, of course, that he was misquoted).
*Nike blondes Maria Sharapova and Eugenie Bouchard get Court No. 1 – not against each other. Both would have to make the quarter-finals for that to happen.. Sharapova has won it. Bouchard, the No. 13 seed, has not. She got the royal tabloid treatment (with a pretty good tennis story thrown in) in the Daily Mail on Monday.
*American Taylor Townsend, a finalist in the junior event here a year ago, received a wild card and will make her big-girl Wimbledon debut today against No. 31 seed Klara Koukalova. It says here she's definitely in with a shot if she doesn't get overwhelmed by the occasion.
*For whatever reason, unlike Monday, there are few compelling, sure-to-go-five-set potential thrillers on tap – at least not on paper. In the "it could be good, it could be a train wreck" department, we have Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic against Benoit Paire of France. Paire is charismatic, enigmatic and nursing a bad knee; Rosol, who upset Nadal in that crazy late-evening match two years ago that sent the Mallorcan off on a seven-month injury leave (well, that match didn't do it, but ...) is trying to set up a rematch of that one in the second round.
*Australian Open champ, No. 5 seed and newly-minted member of the ATP Tour council Stan Wawrinka opens up on Court 3 against Joao Sousa of Portugal. Wawrinka is ranked No. 3, but the grass-court specific seedings dropped him to No. 5 as they bumped countryman Federer above him to No. 4.
In his 10th Wimbledon, Wawrinka has only been to the fourth round twice, and that was back-to-back in 2008 and 2009. Since then, he's had a tendency to have to break the lease early on his Wimbledon rental. A year ago, Wawrinka lost to former champion Lleyton Hewitt in straight sets. In 2013, he lost in the first round to Melzer, 8-6 in the fifth. In 2012, he lost in the second round to ... Simone Bolelli. In 2010, he lost to Denis Istomin in the first round. Wawrinka went out in the first round at the French Open; he's hoping that won't repeat itself here.