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Nadal pulls out of the Olympics

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the Olympics Credit: MPT/CC

Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the Olympics, saying he's 'not in condition'.

The wolrd's number three tennis player, and reigning olympic champion, cited physical problems following a gruelling season.

Nadal, who was set to be the Spanish flag-bearer at the opening ceremony, added that his withdrawal would allow a better prepared player to take his place.

Wimbledon honour for Elijah

An 11-year-old from Brixton who is battling leukaemia performed the coin toss at today's historic Wimbledon final.

Elijah Ortiz-Herrera was representing Make-A-Wish Foundation UK, a charity which grants wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.

He was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in February 2010 and has to have regular blood tests, chemotherapy and lumbar punctures.

He is a keen tennis fan but struggles to play because of the side-effects of his treatment.

Today was his first time at the All England Club.

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Djokovic to open play on Centre Court

Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal in last year's final. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The defending men's singles champion Novak Djokovic will start play on Centre Court on the first day at Wimbledon tomorrow. He plays Juan Carlos Ferrero at 1pm. Maria Sharapova and Roger Federer are also in action on the show courts.

Order of Play:

Centre Court

Novak Djokovic v Juan Carlos Ferrero

Maria Sharapova v Anastasia Rodionova

Ernests Gulbis v Tomas Berdych

Number 1 Court

David Nalbandian v Janko Tipsarevic

Roger Federer v Albert Ramos

Kim Clijsters v Jelena Jankovic

Murray's mother to host tennis roadshow

Andy Murray Credit: PA

Tennis star Andy Murrray's mother will be in Ealing later to support an initiative to get London's families active.

Judy Murray, whose sons Andy and Jamie will be competing at Wimbledon, is launching the RBS Set4Sport scheme at Lammas Park Tennis Centre to encourage families to take up sports.

Tough tests for Londoners at Wimbledon

Laura Robson
Laura Robson will play the world number 26 Francesca Schiavone. Credit: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

The draw for this year's Championships at the All England club has been made. Oliver Golding, who's the US Open Junior Champion, will meet world number 92 Igor Andreev in the first round while fellow Londoner James Ward plays world number 36 Pablo Andujar.

In the women's draw, Laura Robson takes on world number 26 Francesca Schiavone. However. the British number one Anne Keothavong has an easier draw against number 100 Laura Pous-Tio. The tournament starts on Monday.

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