It seems a lifetime ago since we saw action at the iconic Wimbledon, but this summer tennis resumes. Action was postponed 12 months ago, which meant that there was no Wimbledon for the first time since World War 2. However, excitement will continue to build, as fans will have Pimms and strawberries at the ready to enjoy the most iconic tennis Grand Slam of the season for the next two weeks.
Men’s Wimbledon 2021
The men’s half of the draw doesn’t look as competitive as it has done for all the other Grand Slams this season. The main reason for that is due to the dominant form that Novak Djokovic has been in this season. Djokovic has already claimed victories at the French Open and Australian Open this season, and could be on course to win all four Grand Slam titles this season. That would be a feat that he has never achieved previously. The Serb warmed up for Wimbledon at the Mallorca Open, where he reached the doubles final before being forced to pull out.
There aren’t any shortage of players that will be looking to upset the odds at Wimbledon, as Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev are prominent in the odds. Roger Federer will also be back on the famous courts at Wimbledon after missing the French Open. Federer will once again be a popular player at the iconic court, as he looks for a ninth Wimbledon title. Andy Murray will also be competing at Wimbledon for the first time since 2017, as he looks to end a terrible run of injury problems. It will be the first of two huge tournaments for the Scot, as he heads to the Olympics after the Grand Slam.
However, Djokovic is a hard player to look past, and he could make history at Wimbledon this summer and match the Grand Slam record help by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
Women’s Wimbledon 2021
The women’s half of the draw looks a more wide open affair. Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal to focus on the Olympics means that no woman involved has won more than one Grand Slam title since 2018.
Ashleigh Barty is the leading player in the betting for the women’s title. The Australian has won one previous Grand Slam title, with that victory coming in the US Open in 2018. However, her performances at Wimbledon haven’t been as strong as the other tournaments. She has a 76% win percentage at the Grand Slam, and the furthest she has gone was the fourth round in 2019.
Serena Williams is once again among the leading players for the women’s title, as he bids once again to emulate the Grand Slam record set by Margaret Court. The American has won this Grand Slam on seven previous occasions, with her last victory coming in 2016. She has reached the final on her last two appearances at the Grand Slam, and this could be her golden opportunity to finally break the Grand Slam hoodoo that she has endured since winning the US Open in 2017.
However, at a bigger price, we like the chances of Simona Halep. The Romanian has won two Grand Slam titles in the past three years, which includes victory at Wimbledon in 2019. She has reached at least the quarterfinals in four of her previous six appearances here, and she could be a leading player again in 2021.