Rio Olympic Torch Relay; Wimbledon -- Monday Memo

(ATR) Wimbledon begins; Rio 2016 torch relay heads to Mato Grosso do Sul.

Opening Rounds of Wimbledon

The world's oldest annual and most prestigious tennis tournament begins on Monday at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London as 128 of the best men and women in tennis compete for the title.

The only major tournament still held on grass, Wimbledon’s storied history began in 1877. This year, defending champions Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams seek to maintain their world number one statuses and to add to their impressive Grand Slam singles championships. Williams has won 21 Grand Slam titles while Djokovic has garnered 12.

Djokovic begins the tournament at center court Monday at 1:00 PM Eastern Time as the first man to hold all four Grand Slam titles since Rod Laver in 1969. Williams is attempting to bounce back into the victory column after disappointing losses in the last two Grand Slam tournaments. She begins her title defense on Tuesday on center court.

The tournament begins with lower-ranked matches at 11:30 AM ET and will conclude on July 10.

Rio 2016 Torch Relay Visits Mato Grosso do Sul

The Rio 2016 torch relay is nearing the midway point of its 36,000 km journey across Brazil as it travels to the town of Nova Andradina in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul on Monday.

Beginning on May 3 in Brasilia, the torch relay set out to visit 300 Brazilian cities in 95 days. On June 27, the Olympic flame will spend half the day in Mato Grosso do Sul before ending the day in Sao Paolo in the town of Presidente Prudente.

On Tuesday, the torch will remain in Sao Paolo while making the rounds to four different cities within the country’s financial center.

The flame travels to the state of Parana on Wednesday and will remain in the state through July 2, visiting 15 different cities along the way.

The torch relay concludes on Aug. 5 by lighting the Olympic Cauldron at the Maracana Stadium to open the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Written by Kevin Nutley

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