The Latest: Play is under way at Wimbledon on Day 1


Players warm up as spectators arrive for the first round matches at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Monday July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Players warm up as spectators arrive for the first round matches at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Monday July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)


Roger Federer of Switzerland shakes hands with a well-wisher after a practice session ahead of the start of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Sunday, July 1, 2018. The Championships will start on Monday, July 2. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)


LONDON (AP) — The Latest from Wimbledon: (all times local):

11:39 a.m.

Play is under way on Day 1 at Wimbledon.

Last year’s runner-up Marin Cilic was among the top names to get things started as the grass-court Grand Slam began under sunny skies in southwest London, with the third-seeded Croatian facing Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan.

American Sam Querrey also had an early start, facing Jordan Thompson of Australia on Court 3.

Later, defending champion Roger Federer is set to take on Dusan Lajovic of Serbia when play begins on Centre Court at 1 p.m. local time.

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11 a.m.

Roger Federer begins his quest for a record-extending ninth Wimbledon title as the grass-court tournament looks set to start in glorious sunshine at the All-England Club.

Federer is set to open his title defense against Dusan Lajovic of Serbia on Centre Court on Monday, breaking another record in the process. He will be the first man in the Open era to play the singles tournament at Wimbledon for a 20th straight year.

Serena Williams is also back after missing last year’s tournament while pregnant. The American plays Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands on Court 1.

There seems to be little chance of any rain delays, with the forecast calling for sunny skies and temperatures of up to 86 degrees (30 C).

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Players warm up as spectators arrive for the first round matches at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Monday July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/07/web1_120861783-fae419413bfe4c1a99bef8010161684d.jpgPlayers warm up as spectators arrive for the first round matches at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Monday July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Roger Federer of Switzerland shakes hands with a well-wisher after a practice session ahead of the start of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Sunday, July 1, 2018. The Championships will start on Monday, July 2. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/07/web1_120861783-c12a8811b0b448e587cff8aaf7ed749f.jpgRoger Federer of Switzerland shakes hands with a well-wisher after a practice session ahead of the start of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Sunday, July 1, 2018. The Championships will start on Monday, July 2. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)