Wimbledon Updates | Federer, 8 times champion, visits

Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns the ball to Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis during their singles tennis match on day three of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Wednesday, June 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns the ball to Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis during their singles tennis match on day three of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Wednesday, June 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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The latest news from Wimbledon (all local times):

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12:30 p.m.

Roger Federer has returned to Wimbledon as the All England Club prepares to celebrate Center Court’s centenary.

Federer has won eight Wimbledon titles – a men’s singles record – but is not taking part in the grass-court tournament for the first time since his debut in 1999.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion was dressed in a dark suit and white trainers as he made his way to center court.

Federer said earlier this year that any return to tournament play after his knee surgery last year would not happen until at least the end of the summer.

The 40-year-old Swiss hasn’t played since his quarter-final defeat at Wimbledon a year ago in his 22nd appearance in the tournament.

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11:15 a.m.

Three-time reigning champion Novak Djokovic will return to center court on Day 7 at Wimbledon as fourth-round play begins.

The traditional mid-Sunday rest day at the All England Club is over. A British player, Heather Watson, will be the first on center court to mark the occasion. She will face Jule Niemeier.

Fifth-seeded Carlos Alcaraz next takes on Jannik Sinner, before number-one seed Djokovic is last in the main stadium against Tim van Rijthoven of the Netherlands.

On court n°1, Ons Jabeur, third seed, will face Elise Mertens.

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Naomi C. Amerson