Ashleigh Barty will return to Wimbledon Centre Court for first time since 2021 triumph after Djokovic-De Minaur schedule shift

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Wednesday, 10 July 2024 at 14:04
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It is an interesting day ahead on Centre Court with Ashleigh Barty set to play for the first time since bowing out with her final Wimbledon crown back in 2021 which spelled basically the end of her career.
But she is playing for a reason on Centre Court. Alex de Minaur had to withdraw this morning with a loud crack heard in his hip after his win over Arthur Fils. Novak Djokovic gets a good run through with Taylor Fritz having a 9-0 deficit against him and Lorenzo Musetti unable to close out a match against him.
But for ticket reasons, they decided not to shift that match onto Centre Court meaning we only get one singles tie on Wednesday on Centre Court. Heather Watson and Joe Salisbury as two Britons will head onto Centre Court in the mixed doubles before we get a Barty Party on Centre Court.
She will close the day alongside Casey Dellacqua in the mixed doubles giving fans who bought a ticket for today's action an extra match and also an Aussie after De Minaur's demise. She will face the team of Magdalena Rybarikova.
Some hit out though on the fact that having expensive Centre Court tickets saw fans seemingly get the rough end of the stick so to speak. They will only get Elena Rybakina v Elina Svitolina in terms of women's ties.
While if you go onto Court No.1, they will get not only Musetti v Fritz but also Krejcikova v Ostapenko so double singles instead of two doubles matches added late to the schedule. But amid constant rain, they had to add something extra seemingly to keep up with the schedule with mixed doubles already being played on Sunday instead of its usual slot and so it will be one hectic finals weekend to get everything complete.

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