Andy Murray and wife Kim expecting second child

Ground staff water court number one one day ahead of the start of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Sunday

The pair are already parents to their daughter Sophia, who is 17 months old.

That will be a huge lift for Murray, who admitted he had been anxious the hip pain wouldn't ease off in time for Wimbledon.

Murray, who had to cancel two exhibition matches and a couple of practice sessions last week because of a hip problem, sweated his way through another three hour work-out on Sunday. "I think it's very even when we put it all out on the line".

Defending champion Andy Murray and fellow two-time victor Rafael Nadal take centre stage on the first day of Wimbledon on Monday, keen to deliver early hammer blows to any doubts over their title aspirations.

Former girls' champion Laura Robson plays Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia in the first match on Court 18.

Murray, a two-time Wimbledon champion, will play the first match on Centre Court on Monday against Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik.

The Brit begins his title defense against Lucky Loser, Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan, formerly of Russian Federation. Murray indicated today that he practiced three times on Friday and felt better each time.

"I've been through a very hard time in my life". You feel like you are opening up the tournament a little bit and that adds a few more nerves. Been very sore the last few weeks. "I am hoping that is the case here", added Murray.

"But once you tell the coaches: "Right, I'm good to go", it's back over to them to get you doing the right things on the practice court". But maybe if, you know, there's a match later in the tournament where you know if you win, for me I would stay at world No1, or if I lose, maybe I would lose the ranking to one of the other guys.

"I'd rather be getting up in the middle of the night and helping her than winning every tennis match and her thinking when she grows up: 'Actually, you know what, he was a s****y dad, but he won a lot of tennis matches so, you know, well done.'"

However, the 30-year-old Briton said he was hopeful of being a force to reckon with at his home grand slam for years to come. Who's your favourite tennis player?

"I certainly haven't played too much tennis - but I'm certainly going to have to work my way into the tournament".

Andy Murray will look to revive the spirit of the summer of 2012 as he bids to make the Wimbledon final for the third time.

The 29-year-oldlost to Williams in last year's Wimbledon final and admits the absence of the American provides her with a rare opportunity.

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