sport news Rafael Nadal shows off his power on the practice courts at Wimbledon

A number of tennis stars have been putting the final touches on their preparations for Wimbledon by taking to the practice courts at SW19 in the sweltering heat on Sunday.

Play officially gets underway at the 2018 edition of the championships on Monday, with defending men's singles champion Roger Federer opening up against Dusan Lajovic on Centre Court.

On the eve of the tournament though a plethora of stars, including Rafael Nadal, loosened up on the outside courts as they prepare to launch their attempts to win the latest Grand Slam.

A number of tennis stars have been putting the final touches on their preparations for Wimbledon on Sunday afternoon

A number of tennis stars have been putting the final touches on their preparations for Wimbledon on Sunday afternoon

Rafael Nadal loosened up on the outside courts as the Spaniard prepares to launch an attempt to win the latest Grand Slam

Rafael Nadal loosened up on the outside courts as the Spaniard prepares to launch an attempt to win the latest Grand Slam

Nadal is eyeing up his third Wimbledon title and comes into the tournament on the back of another victorious French Open

Nadal is eyeing up his third Wimbledon title and comes into the tournament on the back of another victorious French Open

At the end of Nadal's practice session, the Spaniard was pictured greeting Stan Wawrinka as he made his way onto the court

At the end of Nadal's practice session, the Spaniard was pictured greeting Stan Wawrinka as he made his way onto the court

Nadal is eyeing up his third Wimbledon title this summer and comes into the tournament on the back of another victorious French Open campaign.

The Spaniard looked chiselled in his customary white vest on Sunday, demonstrating his sublime power with a series of perfect ground strokes.

Nadal has not made it past the fourth round at Wimbledon since 2011 and will be aiming to reach the final 10 years on from his thrilling five-set victory against the imperious Federer in the final.

At the end of Nadal's practice session, the Spaniard was pictured greeting Stan Wawrinka as he made his way onto the court while young talent Alexander Zverev was also put through his paces nearby as he chases a first Grand Slam title.

Novak Djokovic was also spotted marching through the crowds towards the practice area. Although not back to his best, recent weeks have indicated the Serbian is not a million miles away from the form that brought him 12 slam titles, three of them at Wimbledon.

Petra Kvitova looked to be struggling to cope with London's piercing heat on Sunday as she hit a few balls at Wimbledon

Petra Kvitova looked to be struggling to cope with London's piercing heat on Sunday as she hit a few balls at Wimbledon

Temperatures reached 30 degrees in the English capital during her practice session and the Czech star was working hard

Temperatures reached 30 degrees in the English capital during her practice session and the Czech star was working hard

Eighteen months after being stabbed at home the two-time Wimbledon champion is back to her best and favourite to win

Eighteen months after being stabbed at home the two-time Wimbledon champion is back to her best and favourite to win

Elsewhere on the site, Petra Kvitova looked to be struggling to cope with London's piercing heat as she hit a few balls.

Temperatures reached 30 degrees in the English capital during her practice session and the Czech star was forced to sit down temporarily and put a towel over her face to cool down.

Eighteen months after being stabbed at home the two-time Wimbledon champion is back to her best and goes into the tournament as the favourite to lift the title.

Maria Sharapova was also pictured in action as she prepares to return to Wimbledon for the first time in three years. After a two-year absence, the Russian will be hoping to add a sixth Grand Slam title to her collection at the location of her first way

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