Sara Marley
Bloomberg News

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal and top- seeded woman Serena Williams took the courts at Wimbledon after a rain delay.

Play began on Centre Court and Court No. 1 about 1:20 p.m. local time with five-time winner Williams playing Franceís Alize Cornet, who beat the top-seeded American this year. Play on outside courts began almost two hours after the planned start.

Menís second seed Nadal faces No. 63 Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan under the retractable roof of Centre Court, followed by 2004 champion Maria Sharapova and seven-time winner Roger Federer.

The forecast is for heavy, slow-moving showers in the afternoon with some sunshine in the evening, according to the Met Office.

Soccer players David Beckham and Sir Bobby Charlton and Indiaís record setting cricketer Sachin Tendulkar are among the guests in the Royal Box today along with British Olympic cyclists Sir Bradley Wiggins and Victoria Pendleton.

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