The 134th edition of the prestigious grass-court Grand Slam Wimbledon 2021 main-draw action begins on Monday, June 28 and will run until Sunday, June 11, in All-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London.
The 2020 tournament was cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep are the defending men’s singles and women’s singles champions from 2019.
The Colombian duo of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah had won the men’s doubles title back then, while Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova claimed the women’s doubles crown. Ivan Dodig and Latisha Chan were the mixed doubles champs.
Nadal will not be playing at Wimbledon this year, having decided to rest. World No. 2 Naomi Osaka who withdrew from the French Open, decided to withdraw from Wimbledon too to take ‘personal time with friends and family’. Her focus is now on Olympics and is excited to play in front of her home fans.
Andy Murray and Venus Williams have been handed over wildcard entries for Wimbledon.
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It is almost two years since Novak Djokovic claimed the momentous Wimbledon final win by edging Roger Federer who was on the brink of Championship points twice. In that epic five-set victory, it just seemed that Djokovic snatched away the trophy from Federer with sheer determination and proved to the world that “impossible” word doesn’t exist in his dictionary.
Since that historic victory, the men’s singles game has remained in the Serb’s stranglehold. Djokovic has claimed three of the next six majors with Rafa Nadal bagging two and Dominic Thiem one.
Eight-time champion Roger Federer has been placed in the bottom half of The Championships draw, but will have to potentially overcome Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev if he wishes to reach a 13th Wimbledon final.
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who beat Federer 7-6(5), 1-6, 7-6(4), 4-6, 13-12(3) in a memorable 2019 Wimbledon final, is targetting a third straight crown — and sixth overall — in south-west London. He may need to overcome Stefanos Tsitsipas, the player he beat in the Roland Garros final two weeks ago, or two-time former champion Andy Murray, in the semi-finals.
The Wimbledon Championships have been annually awarding equal prize money for both the women’s and men’s sections since the 2008 edition.
The total prize money for the tournament this year will be £35 million, with the men’s and women’s singles champions each receiving £1.7m. The cut in prize funds represents a 5.2% decrease from 2019 when the men’s and women’s champions won £2.35m.
Andy Murray Wins on Wimbledon Return After Djokovic Win and Tsitsipas Loss
Day 1 saw Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev the big names in action. While Murray, Djokovic and Rublev won their Round 1 matches, Tsitsipas, French Open Finalist, lost to Frances Tiafoe causing a huge upset on the first day itself.
Among the women, Swiatek, Kenin, Muguruza and Sabalenka all won their matches. Sloane Stephens knocked out 10th seed Petra Kvitova.
16 of the scheduled 64 first round matches at Wimbledon were cancelled on Monday as the tournament’s return after two years suffered a soggy start. Play on the All England Club’s outside courts had been due to get under way at 11:00 am local time. However, that start time was constantly revised with 3:30 pm the latest start time set by organisers.
First upset of Wimbledon 2021 comes on the first day of the tournament! Third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas was knocked out of the tournament with a 4-6, 4-6, 3-6 loss to American Frances Tiafoe. Tsitsipas wasn’t in his elements at all as Tiafoe easily broke him in all the three sets to win the match.
Andy Murray wins on Wimbledon return as he beats Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 to advance to the second round.
Start as you mean to go on…Djokovic’s pursuit of a third consecutive Wimbledon title is off to a winning start, beating Britain’s 253rd-ranked Jack Draper 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.
Russian Andrey Rublev came from a set down to beat Facundo Delbonis 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the second round of Wimbledon 2021.
Eight-time Champion Roger Federer advanced to the second round after he received a walkover from Adrian Mannarino. Federer and Mannarino were equal at 6-4, 6-7(3), 3-6, 6-2 in the match when Mannarino pulled out.
Russia’s Daniil Medvedev beat Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff in four sets 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 7-6(3) to progress to the second round.
Fourth seed Alexander Zverev of Germany fired 35 winners and sent down 20 aces to ease past Dutch qualifier Tallon Griekspoor 6-3 6-4 6-1 in 89 minutes.
20-year-old American Sebastian Korda made his Wimbledon debut and upset No. 15-seeded Alex de Minaur 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5).
World number one Ashleigh Barty overcame a mid-match blip to beat Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1 6-7(1) 6-1 on Centre Court and advance to the second round.
Venus Williams of the US beats Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.
Former world number one Karolina Pliskova began her quest for a maiden Grand Slam title with a 7-5 6-4 victory over Slovenia’s Tamara Zidansek.
Serena Williamsretires hurt in the first round against Aliaksandra Sasnovich! It was 3-3 in the first set.
7th seed Iga Swiatek beats Vera Zvonareva 6-1 6-3.
The No.4 seed is out! Former Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin’s disappointing year hit another low when she was eliminated in the second round at Wimbledon by World No.82 Madison Brengle, 6-2, 6-4.
A day after sister Serena endured a heart-breaking Wimbledon exit after suffering an injury in the first round, Venus Williams also bowed out of the singles on Wednesday.
Venus, aged 41 and playing in her 90th Grand Slam tournament, pushed Tunisian 21st seed Ons Jabeur hard in the opening set but eventually succumbed to a 7-5 6-0 defeat.