Wimbledon: All-British affair for Andy Murray as Kyle Edmund is handed tricky start

Great Britain's Kyle Edmund reacting during day five of the 2016 AEGON Championships at The Queen's Club
Great Britain's Kyle Edmund reacting during day five of the 2016 AEGON Championships at The Queen's Club
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Andy Murray will play fellow Briton Liam Broady in the first round at Wimbledon and has been drawn in the same half as Stan Wawrinka.

Murray has never before faced Broady, who is ranked 234th in the world and was given a wild card to enter the tournament.

The world number two is also due to meet Wawrinka in the semi-finals while Australian Nick Kyrgios is a potential last-16 opponent.

Third seed Roger Federer, who demolished Murray in the last four 12 months ago, is in the same half as Novak Djokovic, meaning the Scot cannot meet either until the final.

It represents a relatively kind draw for Murray, who cruised past Wawrinka in the French Open semi-finals last month and is yet to lose to Kyrgios in four competitive meetings.

Richard Gasquet, a potential foe in the quarter-finals, has also lost his last six successive matches against the British number one.

Murray’s opener against Broady continues his recent spurt of all-British clashes. The 2013 Wimbledon champion had not faced a compatriot at tour level in almost 10 years at the start of the month but after playing two at Queen’s, this will be his third in as many weeks.

There were more fiendish propositions for Britain’s other male contenders.

James Ward has the daunting prospect of facing Djokovic, the reigning champion and current holder of all four grand slam titles, while British number two Aljaz Bedene is up against Gasquet, seeded seventh, in round one.

Kyle Edmund, the talented 21-year-old from Yorkshire, has a tough opener against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino and if he wins will face the winner of Djokovic and Ward.

Alex Ward plays Belgium’s world number 11 David Goffin, Brydan Klein is tasked with overcoming French grass-court specialist Nicolas Mahut and Dan Evans was drawn against Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.

In the women’s draw, Britain’s Johanna Konta was handed a tricky first round against Puerto Rican world number 43 Monica Puig.

Konta has surged up to 18th in the rankings following a superb 12 months but she will be wary of Puig, who arrives in good form after reaching the semi-finals in Eastbourne this week.

Laura Robson, a wild card and desperate to kick-start her resurgence after injury, was handed a difficult opener against Germany’s Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber.

Heather Watson drew another German in Annika Beck while the promising 17-year-old Katie Swan faces Hungarian Timea Babos. Tara Moore plays Alison Van Uytvanck and Naomi Broady will take on Ukraine’s world number 19 Elina Svitolina.

Top seed Serena Williams, who is gunning for a record-equalling 22nd major title, will face a qualifier in round one and could be due for a reunion with Italy’s Roberta Vinci in the last eight.

Vinci caused one of the biggest upsets in tennis history when she knocked Williams out of the US Open semi-finals last year.

The American’s French Open conqueror and second seed, Garbine Muguruza, was given an awkward opening test against Italian Camila Giorgi.