Fans queue for start of Wimbledon
Thousands of fans are descending on Wimbledon after long journeys and a weekend camping out near the ground.
Despite heavy downpours on Saturday and Sunday, expectant fans remain upbeat ahead of the SW19 tennis centre opening for the 125th championship.
They said they hope their chances of a British victory are not washed out when Andy Murray takes to Centre Court later.
IT specialist Sam Bennett, 25, from Bristol, said: "We got here about 6am and we got in the queue straight away.
"People try to run past you on the way to it, there's some friendly competition, but we just strolled down, it's all very relaxed. Inevitably we're hoping for a Murray victory and that he can go all the way."
She was joined by her friend, Lizzie Laessing, 26, also from Bristol. She said: "We're optimistic for Andy - he's looking smooth on court at the moment and he has had a recent turnaround in form."
Murray, world number four, is seeded fourth behind top seed Rafael Nadal, Serbian Novak Djokovic and all-time leading men's player Roger Federer who are seeded second and third respectively.
The Briton and Nadal, world number one, are in the same half of the draw and could meet in the semi-finals - but Murray has insisted he is solely focused on the first round.
A highlight of the first round is a repeat of last year's battle of wills between American John Isner and Nicolas Mahut. The epic clash was tennis's longest ever match and saw Isner emerge victorious after being locked in combat for more than 11 hours.
Not only do this year's winners stand to enjoy adulation, critical acclaim and admiration from their fellow professionals, they will also pocket £1.1 million - up £100,000 from last year.