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IMG Academy Bollettieri tennis program alum gear up for Wimbledon

It's that time of year again, Wimbledon time. Or as many tennis fans like to call it, "Wimby". It is considered to be one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world and all the action kicks off today. But IMG Academy Bollettieri tennis program alum are in it for more than just strawberries and cream. The impressive list of IMG Academy Bollettieri tennis program alum competing in this year's Wimbledon include: Kei Nishikori, Heather Watson, Vera Zvonareva, Ryan Harrison, Xavier Malisse, Tommy Haas, Maria Sharapova, Jelena Jankovic, Radek Stepanek, and Max Mirnyi competing in the doubles draw. Players like Watson and Harrison are new to the field and others like Haas and Sharapova are classic veterans.

Kei Nishikori

Some IMG players do not begin match play until tomorrow and will take advantage of the day off. Haas, Zvonareva, Jankovic, and Stepanek will play their first round matches on opening day. You can catch all of the excitement throughout the day on ESPN.

Ladies Singles 1st Round:

Vera Zvonareva (RUS) [2> vs. Allison Riske (USA)

Jelena Jankovic (SRB) [15> vs. Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP)

Gentlemen Singles 1st Round:

Radek Stepanek (CZE) vs. Fernando Verdasco (ESP) [21>

Tommy Haas (GER) vs. Gilles Muller (LUX)

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