World No. 5 Andy Murray will begin the defense of his Wimbledon title with a first-round matchup against David Goffin, ranked No. 104 in the world, on Monday. With all of the sport's top players set to play in the tournament, which announced its bracket Friday morning, Murray's latest challenge lays where he made his mark.
The first British men's single player to win at Wimbledon in 77 years, Murray's second title could potentially be more difficult than the first. While we've seen some vulnerability from the likes of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in recent years, the general field looks as strong as its been in a while.
As The Guardian notes, the current bracket would likely require Murray to beat not only Djokovic and Nadal, but also World No. 15 Fabio Fognini and either No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov or No. 7 David Ferrer. No matter what, Murray will likely need to beat many of the game's elite players in order to secure a second title.
And despite the cracks we've seen from the Big Four in the past year, those players remain the standard for excellence in men's tennis. If one of those players doesn't win the tournament, whoever does will potentially need to beat several of them.
Other top first-round draws include Nadal opening against Martin Klizan, Federer taking on Paolo Lorenzi and Djokovic facing Andrey Golubev. The top-ranked American, John Isner, opens against Dan Smethurst.
On the women's side, World No. 1 Serena Williams draws a first-round matchup against Anna Tatishvili. The No. 2 women's player, China's Li Na, opens against Paula Kania.
The winner of last year's women's singles tournament, Marion Bartoli, retired not long after her biggest triumph. Her only Grand Slam championship, Bartoli had previously finished as a runner-up at Wimbledon six years prior to her title.
Williams failed to defend her title last year, but after winning at Wimbledon in 2012, she's expected to be one of the prime contenders this year. Na won the Australian Open this year and also has a French Open title under her belt, but she's failed to get past the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.