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Definitive Wimbledon 2021 Guide: The World’s Finest Players Prepare for SW19
Excitement is reaching a fever pitch among tennis fans as they prepare for Wimbledon to make a triumphant return this month. The popular Grand Slam event had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic last year, and fans cannot wait to revel in some high-quality grass-court action. Read on to learn more about Wimbledon 2021.
When does Wimbledon start?
Wimbledon is scheduled to begin on Monday 28th June and run for two weeks. It will be the 134th edition of the Championships and the 53rd in the Open Era. Qualifying is set to run until June 24th, but it could be delayed due to rain.
When is the Wimbledon women’s final?
The Wimbledon women’s final is slated for Saturday 10th July.
When is the Wimbledon men’s final?
The men’s final takes place the following day, Sunday 11th July, on Centre Court.
When does the Wimbledon draw take place?
The draw for Wimbledon is expected to take place at 10am on Friday 25th June.
What changes will we see at Wimbledon in 2021?
The All England Lawn Tennis Club has introduced sweeping changes for this year’s tournament. One major change sees seedings follow official tour rankings for both men and women. In the past, a formula was applied to the men’s seedings to give greater weight to grass-court results, while the All England Club was able to tinker with the women’s seedings to balance out the draw. Video replay cameras will be installed on each court to allow players to challenge line calls, and there will also be a shot clock to ensure players take just 25 seconds between points. The strawberries and cream will also be served in sustainable containers made from cards.
What is the prize money for Wimbledon?
The All England Club has cut the prize money by 5.2% this year due to the pandemic. A total of £25 million will now be up for grabs. The top prize is £1.7 million, down 28% on 2019, while prize money for the runners-up and semi-finalists will also plummet, but payouts to lower-ranked players in the early stages will increase.
Can spectators attend Wimbledon?
The UK government has given Wimbledon special dispensation to begin with 50% ground capacity when the tournament starts on Monday 28th June. This is part of a pilot scheme designed to provide evidence on how major events can be held safely. Both the women’s and men’s finals will be played in front of full capacity crowds. Spectators will need to show proof of full vaccination or a negative lateral-flow test. Masks will be required while spectators are moving around the grounds, but not when seated and watching the action.
Who are the defending champions at Wimbledon?
Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer in an epic final to lift the men’s trophy back in 2019, while Simona Halep produced a sensational performance to get the better of Serena Williams. They are technically the defending champions after last year’s event was postponed, but Halep faces a race against the clock in her bid to recover from a calf injury.
Who are the top seeds at Wimbledon?
Novak Djokovic will be the top seed for Wimbledon following his impressive triumph at Roland-Garros. The Serb secured a shock victory over Rafa Nadal in the French Open semi-final, and he then went on to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final to cement his status as world number one. Ashleigh Barty is top of the women’s world rankings, so she should be the top seed, but she has not played in any warm-up events as she eases her way back from a hip injury that ended her French Open hopes.
Which players will miss Wimbledon in 2021?
A host of big names will be absent at Wimbledon this year. The biggest omission is Nadal, who pulled out of the tournament and the Olympics to rest up after the French Open. Federer will be back to vie for glory, but Milos Raonic and David Goffin are out injured, along with Stan Wawrinka, Kyle Edmund and Borna Coric. Among the women, the most notable absentee will be Naomi Osaka, who said she pulled out of the French Open to protect her mental health. She does not want to take part in post-match press conferences, and has decided to miss Wimbledon.
Which British stars will take part in Wimbledon?
Among the men, British number one Dan Evans will take part. He is up to 26th in the world rankings, while Cameron Norrie is up to 34th and will also feature. Veteran Andy Murray continues to be plagued by injury, but he is scheduled to take part. Johanna Konta is one of eight British women in the main draw, alongside Heather Watson and wild cards Katie Boulter, Harriet Dart, Jodie Burrage, Francesca Jones, Samantha Murray Sharan and Emma Raducanu.”
Who are the favourites to win Wimbledon?
We make Novak Djokovic the 10/11 favourite to win the men’s singles tournament. Daniil Medvedev and Tsitsipas are 6/1 joint second favourites in our Tennis Odds, with Federer priced at 8/1. Barty is the 5/1 favourite for the women’s singles, followed by Serena Williams at 13/2, Petra Kvitova at 8/1 and Iga Swiatek at 9/1. We will also have lots of exciting Tennis spread betting markets available on the tournament, so check out your options and get involved in the action.