After being canceled in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wimbledon is back at the All England Tennis Club. Wimbledon is annually one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments and some of the world’s biggest tennis stars will be facing off.
The men’s field will look quite a bit different than it traditionally does as two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal won’t be taking part in the Grand Slam tournament. Following his semifinal loss to Novak Djokovic in the French Open, Nadal announced that he won’t be participating at Wimbledon or the Tokyo Olympics in an effort to “prolong his career.”
With Nadal sitting Wimbledon out, the sport’s top star, Novak Djokovic will look to move into a three-way tie with Nadal and Roger Federer for the most Grand Slam titles ever.
On the women’s side, Naomi Osaka also won’t be taking part in this year’s installment of Wimbledon. While Osaka did initially begin competing at the French Open this year, she eventually pulled out of the competition, citing concerns over her personal mental wellbeing. Osaka is planning on focusing on the Tokyo Olympics rather than participating at Wimbledon.
The women’s field could be extremely wide-open, as top players like Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep and Serena Williams all didn’t make deep runs at the French Open.
While there will be a few of the sport’s biggest stars absent at Wimbledon, the field will still have plenty of exciting action in the coming weeks.
Marton Fucsovics vs. No. 19 Jannik Sinner, In ProgressJohn Millman vs. No. 8 Roberto Bautista Agut, In ProgressNo. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Frances Tiafoe, In ProgressNo. 1 Novak Djokovic defeated Jack Draper, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2Federico Delbonis vs. No. 5 Andrey Rublev, 11:55 a.m.Christopher O’Connell vs. No. 13 Gael Monfils, 12:30 p.m.No. 9 Diego Schwartzman vs. Benoit Paire, 1:55 p.m.
Sloane Stephens vs. No. 10 Petra Kvitova, In ProgressFiona Ferro vs. No. 11 Garbine Muguruza, In ProgressNo. 2 Aryna Sabalenka defeated Monica Niculescu, 6-1, 6-4No. 7 Iga Swiatek vs. Hsieh Su-wei, 11:55 a.m.Wang Xinyu vs. No. 4 Sofia Kenin, 11:55 a.m.Kristina Mladenovic vs. No. 18 Elena Rybakina, 2:05 p.m.
No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. Jack DraperNo. 17 Cristian Garin vs. Bernabe Zapata MirallesChristopher O’Connell vs. No. 13 Gael MonfilsNo. 9 Diego Schwartzman vs. Benoit PaireMarton Fucsovics vs. No. 19 Jannik SinnerFederico Delbonis vs. No. 5 Andrey RublevNo. 1 Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Frances TiafoeSebastian Korda vs. No. 15 Alex De MinaurNo. 10 Denis Shapovalov vs. Philipp KohlcshreiberJohn Millman vs. no. 8 Roberto Bautista Agut
No. 1 Ashleigh Barty vs. Carla Suarez NavarroNo. 17 Kiki Bertens vs. Marta KostyukClara Tauson vs. No. 14 Barbora KrejcikovaAlize Cornet vs. No. 5 Bianca AndreescuNo. 3 Elina Svitolina vs. Alison Van UytvanckNo. 19 Karolina Muchova vs. Shuai ZhangAna Bogdan vs. No. 16 Anastasia PavlyuchenkovaNo. 9 Belinda Bencic vs. Kaja JuvanAliaksandra Sasnovich vs. No. 6 Serena Williams How to watch the 2021 WimbledonDates: June 28-July 11Time: VariesLocation: London, EnglandTV: ESPN