Wimbledon returns to ESPN on Monday June 28th this year after the world’s oldest tennis tournament was canceled last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
We will be informed of the results, the key players and the major storylines as the Grand Slam progresses, from the publication of the draw to the crowning of the champions.
This is how you see Wimbledon
The entire tournament will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks as well as on ESPN + and the ESPN app. Coverage for the first round begins Monday, June 28, at 6 p.m. ET.
The women’s championship will be broadcast on ESPN on Saturday, July 10th at 9am, while the men’s championship will air on Sunday, July 11th at 9am.
Who will compete in Wimbledon?
Novak Djokovic, who wins the Australian Open in February and the French Open in June, is aiming for his sixth Wimbledon title. If he won the tournament, he would tie Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to the most important championships in men’s tennis history.
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The 39-year-old Federer, who retired before the fourth round of the French Open, is looking for his ninth Wimbledon championship. Nadal, meanwhile, retired from Wimbledon and the Olympics, saying he was listening “to my body” in order to “extend my career and keep doing what makes me happy”.
Nadal isn’t the only known player to leave Wimbledon. Naomi Osaka, the women’s runner-up, partially withdrew from the tournament in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics. The defending champion in the women’s singles, Simona Halep, number 3 in the world, retired early Friday with a calf injury after Dominic Thiem, number 5 in the world rankings, had been eliminated from Wimbledon the day before due to an injury to his right wrist.
The women’s field is equally occupied, because seven different women have won the last eight majors. The high-ranking Ashleigh Barty, whose only Grand Slam was the 2019 French Open, did not get past the fourth round in her career at Wimbledon.
Serena Williams, meanwhile, hopes to tie Margaret Court to the majority of Grand Slam singles titles (24). Williams has not won a title since the 2017 Australian Open.
Which first round games can be seen?
The draw kept Djokovic and Federer in opposite halves, with the top seed Djokovic bringing British Jack Draper in round 1 – traditionally on Monday – and Federer against Adrian Mannarino from France. No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas, fresh after a heavy defeat in the final of the French Open against Djokovic, meets the American Frances Tiafoe.
The men’s possible quarterfinals based on seeding are Djokovic vs. No. 5 Andrey Rublev and Tsitsipas vs. No. 8 Roberto Bautista Agut in the top half; No. 2 Daniil Medvedev vs. No. 6 Federer and No. 4 Alexander Zverev vs. No. 7 Matteo Berrettini in the lower half.
For the women, Serena Williams is in Barty’s half, preparing her for a possible semi-final. Williams starts against number 100 in the world, Aliaksandra Sasnovich. The top seed Barty meanwhile takes on Carla Suarez Navarro. No. 10 Petra Kvitova meets Sloane Stephens, the 2017 US Open champion.
The women’s potential quarterfinals are Barty versus No. 5 Bianca Andreescu and No. 3 Elina Svitolina versus No. 6 Serena Williams in the top half; No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka vs. No. 7 Iga Swiatek and No. 4 Sofia Kenin vs. No. 8 Karolina Pliskova in the lower half.
Will there be fans at Wimbledon?
Yes, fans are allowed in this year’s tournament. Both singles finals will allow for full Center Court attendance, making it the first outdoor sporting event in the UK to be at full capacity since the pandemic began. The capacity will be 50% until the final, i.e. 100%.
The All England Club said fans are required to wear face coverings while on the venue, but not to wear masks and to maintain social distance while sitting. Viewers must also provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of attending.