Wimbledon 2015: tough draw for Murray; Periscope banned

British number one might have to beat Nadal, Federer and Djokovic to win a second Wimbledon title

Andy Murray has been handed a tough draw at Wimbledon 2015, and could end up having to beat three of the so-called big four if he is to regain the title.

The Scot's first-round opponent is the potentially tricky Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan, ranked 58 in the world. And things do not get any easier from there on in. After a second-round clash with either Robin Haase or Alejandro Falla, Murray is expected to come up against 25th seed, Andreas Seppi.

After that he could face Jo Wilfried-Tsonga, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the semi-final, before taking on Novak Djokovic in the final.

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However, it's not just Murray who will be fretting. "Djokovic also has much to think about, and has arguably the toughest possible first round in Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber, with Queen's finalist Kevin Anderson a likely fourth round opponent," says the Daily Mail. He could also face Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic in the second and third rounds.

Djokovic is also likely to come up against his nemesis Stan Wawrinka, who beat him in the French Open final, in the semi-finals.

In the women's draw, favourite Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are in the same half of the draw. Sharapova begins her campaign against British number two Johanna Konta, who impressed at Eastbourne this week.

British number one Heather Watson is scheduled to come up against Williams in the third round, provided she can overcome world number 33 Caroline Garcia of France in a tough opening round.

Meanwhile, Wimbledon has followed up its ban on selfie sticks by warning spectators "not to film the tennis on their mobile phones amid concerns about broadcasting rights to the hugely lucrative event", reports the Daily Telegraph.

"Advances in technology have led to new guidance being drafted to clamp down on any unwanted behaviour or actions that could distract the players and annoy the fans," it says. However, the tournament organisers "insisted that the guidance concerning live streaming apps such as Periscope was simply an extension of the usual rule that mobile phones must be switched off 'in and around the courts in play'."

It echoes a similar warning to football fans ahead of the start of the past Premier League season.

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