What a difference a year makes. At this time in 2020, the All England Club sat empty, tennis balls didn’t bounce and no strawberries and cream were had during the Wimbledon fortnight, as the event was not held for the first time since 1945 due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
Now, the eyes of the tennis world are back on SW19 as The Championships not only makes its return to the tennis calendar, but also looks forward to welcoming fans at 100 per cent capacity during the final weekend. It will mark the first full-capacity sporting event hosted in Great Britain since the start of the pandemic.
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic leads the way as his chase for a third consecutive Grand Slam crown takes centre stage at Wimbledon. The reigning Australian Open and Roland Garros champion is looking for more than just his sixth Gentlemen’s Singles Trophy (2011, 2014-15, 2018-19). Victory for Djokovic would bring him to 20 Grand Slam titles, equalling his rivals’ Roger Federer’s and Rafael Nadal’s all-time record.
Former Champ Murray, #NextGenATP Alcaraz Lead Wimbledon Wild Cards
“Everything is possible… I’ve achieved some things that a lot of people thought it would be not possible for me to achieve,” Djokovic said in Paris when asked about going for No. 20 in London. “I don’t have an issue to say that I’m going for the title in Wimbledon. I’ve had a great success in the past couple of Wimbledon seasons that were played. I won in 2018 and 2019 there. Hopefully I can keep that run going.”
Nine-time champion Federer will also return to the All England Club, where he will contest his fifth tournament of 2021. The Swiss, who reached the final during the 2019 edition, is working his way back to fitness following two knee surgeries in 2020.
He will be joined by Andy Murray, who in 2013 became the first British man to lift the singles trophy since Fred Perry in 1936. Murray, currently ranked No. 119 after undergoing multiple hip surgeries, will contest singles at Wimbledon for the first time since 2017. He was one of four Brits to receive a wild card, alongside Liam Broady, Jay Clarke and Jack Draper.
Daniil Medvedev will be the second seed as he seeks to advance past the third round for the first time (2018-19). Grass-season standouts Matteo Berrettini, who lifted the trophy at the cinch Championships at The Queen’s Club, and Andrey Rublev, who reached his first final on the surface at the NOVENTI OPEN in Halle, will also feature, while a pair of promising #NextGenATP talents, Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz, are set for their main draw debuts.
Here’s all you need to know about Wimbledon: when is the draw, what is the schedule, where to watch, who won and more.
Tournament Dates: 28 June – 11 July 2021
Chief Executive: Sally Bolton
Draw Ceremony: Friday, 25 June at 10:00am, at The All England Club
Schedule (View On Official Website)
* Qualifying: Monday, 21 June – Thursday, 24 June
* Main draw: Daily play begins at 11:00am on outside courts, 1:00pm on Centre & No. 1 Courts
* Doubles final: Saturday, 10 July
* Mixed doubles final: Saturday 10 or Sunday 11 July
* Singles final: Sunday, 11 July at 2:00pm
How To Watch
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Venue: The All England Lawn Tennis Club
Main Court Seating: 15,000
Prize Money: £17,066,000
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Honour Roll (Open Era)
Most Titles, Singles: Roger Federer (8)
Most Titles, Doubles: Todd Woodbridge (9)
Oldest Champion: Roger Federer, 35, in 2017
Youngest Champion: Boris Becker, 17, in 1985
Highest-Ranked Champion (since 1979): No. 1 Bjorn Borg in 1980, John McEnroe in 1984, Pete Sampras in 1993-94, 1997-99, Lleyton Hewitt in 2002, Roger Federer in 2004-07, Rafael Nadal in 2010, Novak Djokovic in 2015, 2019
Lowest-Ranked Champion (since 1979): No. 125 Goran Ivanisevic in 2001
Most Match Wins: Roger Federer (101)
Last Home Champion: Andy Murray in 2016
Singles:  Novak Djokovic (SRB) d  Roger Federer (SUI) 76(5) 16 76(4) 46 13-12(3) Read & Watch
Doubles:  Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL) / Robert Farah (COL) d Nicolas Mahut (FRA) / Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 67(5) 76(5) 76(6) 67(5) 63 Read & Watch
Did You Know… Since the first Championships in 1877, Wimbledon has grown from its roots as a garden-party tournament to a Grand Slam tournament with a following of millions around the world. The only Slam contested on grass continues to honour many long-standing traditions, including a strict dress code for competitors, the eating of strawberries and cream and royal patronage.