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Wimbledon 2021: How to watch, dates, draws, rankings

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The top tennis players in the world will return to the All England Club in 2021 to compete in the Wimbledon championships.
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The world’s greatest tennis players have one last stop before competing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics: Wimbledon.

The All England Club is opening its gates and grass courts again after the 2020 Wimbledon championships were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and there is plenty of intrigue on both the men’s and women’s sides.

Novak Djokovic is on the cusp of history. Just two weeks after taking home the French Open title, the top-ranked player is one Grand Slam title away from tying two of his greatest competitors, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, for the all-time men’s lead with 20. On the women’s side, seven-time champion Serena Williams is aiming to bounce back from consecutive Wimbledon ladies’ singles final losses in 2018 and 2019, as well as a fourth-round French Open exit.

Here is everything you need to know for the 2021 Wimbledon championships:

When is Wimbledon 2021?

The 2021 Wimbledon championships will run from Monday, June 28, to Sunday, July 11.

The round of 16 will start on July 5, quarterfinals action will be on July 6 and 7 and semifinals action will take place on July 8 and 9. The ladies’ singles championship, gentlemen’s doubles championship and ladies’ doubles championship are set for Saturday, July 10. The tournament concludes with the gentlemen’s singles championship and mixed doubles championship on Sunday, July 11. Both singles championships will begin at 9 a.m. ET.

 

How can I watch Wimbledon 2021?

This year’s Wimbledon action will be broadcasted on ESPN and ESPN2. ESPN+, ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes will hold coverage as well, while ABC will show encore presentations of the ladies’ and gentlemen’s singles finals on July 10 and 11, respectively.

Can fans attend Wimbledon?

Wimbledon will begin with a minimum of 50% capacity with the goal of hosting full capacity for the ladies’ and gentlemen’s finals. 

Fans will be required to show COVID-19 status certification upon entry. There is also a mask mandate for spectators while moving around the grounds but not while in their seats.

What is the 2021 Wimbledon tournament draw?

The 2021 Wimbledon draw took place on June 25, just three days before the tournaments commenced. Djokovic and Ashleigh Barty of Australia are the No. 1 seeds in the gentlemen’s and ladies’ singles tournaments, respectively, entering Wimbledon.

There are also several notable omissions. In the gentlemen’s tournament, Nadal decided to sit out both Wimbledon and the Olympics for recovery purposes. In the ladies’ tournament, defending champion Simona Halep, who was the No. 2 seed in this year’s draw, withdrew on Friday due to injury. Another notable absence is Naomi Osaka, who plans to take "some personal time with family and friends" and focus on her mental health. She plans to play in the Olympics in her native Japan.

Who are the top seeded men's players at Wimbledon 2021?

Djokovic and Federer could be on a gentlemen’s singles final collision course. The No. 1 and No. 6 seeds, respectively, are on opposite sides of the bracket, meaning they will not have a chance to battle until the final match.

Djokovic is a resounding favorite to win the tournament at -110, according to our partner, PointsBet. French Open runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas and No. 2 seed Daniil Medvedev have the second-best odds at +600, while Federer is next at +800.

Here are how the seeds stack up in the gentlemen’s singles bracket:

  1. Novak Djokovic
  2. Daniil Medvedev
  3. Stefanos Tsitsipas
  4. Alexander Zverev
  5. Andrey Rublev
  6. Roger Federer
  7. Matteo Berrettini
  8. Roberto Bautista Agut
  9. Diego Schwartzman
  10. Denis Shapovalov
  11. Pablo Carreno Busta
  12. Casper Ruud
  13. Gael Monfils
  14. Hubert Hurkacz
  15. Alex de Minaur
  16. Felix Auger-Aliassime
  17. Cristian Garin
  18. Grigor Dimitrov
  19. Jannik Sinner
  20. Aslan Karatsev
  21. Ugo Humbert
  22. Daniel Evans
  23. Lorenzo Sonego
  24. Nikoloz Basilashvili
  25. Karen Khachanov
  26. Fabio Fognini
  27. Reilly Opelka
  28. John Isner
  29. Cameron Norrie
  30. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
  31. Taylor Fritz
  32. Marin Cilic

Who are the top seeded women's players at Wimbledon 2021?

Serena Williams is the No. 6 seed and is on the same side of the bracket as Barty, meaning the two could potentially meet up in the semifinals. Barty is a +600 favorite to win the ladies’ singles, while Williams is narrowly behind at +650, according to PointsBet.

 

Here are how the seeds stack up in the ladies’ singles bracket:

  1. Ashleigh Barty
  2. Aryna Sabalenka
  3. Elina Svitolina
  4. Sofia Kenin
  5. Bianca Andreescu
  6. Serena Williams
  7. Iga Swiatek
  8. Karolina Pliskova
  9. Belinda Bencic
  10. Petra Kvitova
  11. Garbine Muguruza
  12. Victoria Azarenka
  13. Elise Mertens
  14. Barbara Krejcikova
  15. Maria Sakkari
  16. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
  17. Kiki Bertens
  18. Elena Rybakina
  19. Karolina Muchova
  20. Coco Gauff
  21. Ons Jabeur
  22. Jessica Pegula
  23. Madison Keys
  24. Anett Kontaveit
  25. Angelique Kerber
  26. Petra Martic
  27. Johanna Konta
  28. Alison Riske
  29. Veronika Kudermetova
  30. Paula Badosa
  31. Daria Kasatkina
  32. Ekaterina Alexandrova

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