Soon after the French Open each year, all eyes turned towards the grass-court season that also included the most prestigious tournament i.e. Wimbledon 2021.
Wimbledon Championships, the oldest Grand Slam, was not held last year because of the pandemic and now we are in 2021 starting to get the feel of the green turf and traditional white dresses.
A tournament with rich history and tradition, with legends and records, and with long and grueling matches, the tournament is a complete treat to watch during the fortnight. Some of the stats before the competition begin this year.
Wimbledon 2021: When and where?
- Edition: 134th
- When: June 28th – July 11th2021
- Where: All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, United Kingdom
- Defending Champion: Novak Djokovic
- Most Successful: Roger Federer (08 times winner)
The qualifying event will be taking place from June 21 to 24.
Wimbledon 2020 Canceled & Gone
Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, 2020 saw many tournaments canceled and rescheduled. Wimbledon was one of the tournaments that were canceled in 2020.
That makes the year 2019 when the last time the Championship was held. Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer battled in the epic 4 hours and 58 minutes final, the longest in the tournament’s history. The Serbian eventually emerged as the winner over the Swiss in the 5th set tie break after 12-games all.
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Romania’s Simona Halep are the defending champions in the men’s and women’s singles category respectively.
Looking Forward to Wimbledon 2021
What’s about the Wimbledon 2021? Well, organizers are intending to allow 25 percent capacity in the stadiums.
Considering the altering situation of the pandemic in various countries, we have seen crowds from full capacity to empty stadiums in tournaments. US Open 2020 was completely held without crowds. Australian Open 2021 was held without the crowd and also with a limited crowd during the fortnight.
Sally Bolton, the Chief Executive at Wimbledon had said; “We very much hope 25 percent is a minimum position from which we can build — it is our absolute desire to enable as many people as possible to safely attend The Championships this year”.
Wimbledon Championships 2022: Play will be in play in the middle of Sunday
From Wimbledon 2022, there will be a change in a bit of tradition and history. It is a tradition at the SW19 that there is no play in the Middle Sunday and it has been inactive only four times to catch up on play lost because of rain (1991, 1997, 2004, and 2016).
On the 100th-year anniversary of Centre Court, The All England Lawn Tennis Club announced on Tuesday that they are finally breaking the tradition. The play will be in action in the Middle of Sunday.
Big names in SW19 for the Championships
Big names of this era often comprised of three names; Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic, commonly known as the Big 3. All have plans to participate in the event.
Federer (08), Djokovic (05), Nadal (02) have taken the coveted trophy 15 times in the last 17 tournaments; Andy Murray was the other player who notched up the trophy a couple of times.
Talking of the next lot of players that includes Daniil Medvedev, Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Alexander Zverev, the best result is the 4th round at the event. Will 2021 be the year for any of them to take the big names at the event?