Wimbledon 2021 – How to Watch, Schedule, Draw, Bracket, Tennis Scores and More
Wimbledon returned to ESPN this year after the world’s oldest tennis tournament was canceled last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
We’ll have information on the results, key players and big storylines during the Grand Slam, from when the draw is released to when the champions are crowned.
How to watch Wimbledon
The entire tournament will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks, as well as ESPN+ and the ESPN app.
The Women’s Championship, featuring Ash Barty and Karolina Pliskova, airs Saturday at 9 a.m. on ESPN, while the Men’s Championship airs at 9 a.m. Sunday.
Thursday at Wimbledon
Barty and Pliskova clinched their spot in the Women’s Singles Championship. Barty, the tournament’s top seed, beat three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber 6-3, 7-6(3). Barty, 25, is looking for his second Grand Slam title.
To do that, she will need to defeat No. 8 seed Pliskova, who beat second seed Aryna Sabalenka 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. Pliskova, 29, is yet to win a major championship. She is participating in her first Grand Slam final since the 2016 US Open.
What’s on for Friday at Wimbledon
Top seed Novak Djokovic is two matches away from his 20th Grand Slam singles title, which would tie Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most by a male player. First, he will face the Canadian Denis Shapovalov, 22 years old.
In the other men’s semifinal, seventh-seeded Matteo Berrettini takes on 14th-seeded Hubert Hurkacz, both trying to reach their first major final.
What happened Wednesday at Wimbledon?
The men’s quarter-finals began with No. 1 Novak Djokovic advancing to the semi-finals with a straight-sets win over Marton Fucsovics 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. No. 14 Hubert Hurkacz knocked out No. 6 Roger Federer in straight sets 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 to advance. On Court 1, Canadian No. 10 Denis Shapovalov outlasted 25th seed Karen Khachanov 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4. But his compatriot Felix Auger-Aliassime, seeded 16th, fell to number 7 Matteo Berrettini in the last quarter-final of the day 6-3, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3.
What happened on Tuesday at Wimbledon
The women’s semi-finals come after world number 1 Ash Barty beat fellow Australian Ajla Tomljanovic 6-1, 6-3 and number 2 Aryna Sabalenka ended Tunisia’s historic Ons Jabeur run 6-4 , 6-3. Barty will face Angelique Kerber, a 6-2, 6-3 winner over Karolina Muchova in the semi-final while Sabalenka will face Karolina Pliskova in the other semi-final. Pliskova defeated Viktorija Golubic 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.
On the men’s side, Daniil Medvedev was leading Hubert Hurkacz two sets to one when Monday’s fourth round match was postponed. When he resumed on Tuesday, Hurkacz bounced back to oust the world No. 2 in five sets.
What happened Monday at Wimbledon
Novak Djokovic reached his 50th Grand Slam quarter-final with a straight-sets win over Cristian Garin on Monday. Sixth-seeded Roger Federer defeated Lorenzo Sonego in straight sets to advance to the quarter-finals.
Also on the men’s side, Karen Khachanov defeated American Sebastian Korda in a five-set thriller 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 10-8.
While the top two seeds in the women’s draw, Ashleigh Barty and Aryna Sabalenka, won their fourth-round matches, seventh-seeded Iga Swiatek lost to 21st-seeded Ons Jabeur in straight sets.
American Coco Gauff lost to 2018 Wimbledon winner Angelique Kerber, meaning no Americans made it to the quarter-finals.
What are the Wimbledon scenarios?
Novak Djokovic, who just won the Australian Open in February and the French Open in June, is looking for his sixth Wimbledon title. If he wins the tournament, he will tie Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most important championships in men’s tennis history.
Federer, 39, who pulled out of the French Open before the fourth round, is seeking his ninth Wimbledon championship. Nadal, meanwhile, pulled out of Wimbledon and the Olympics, saying he was “listening to my body” so he could “extend my career and keep doing what makes me happy”.
Nadal is not the only great player to withdraw from Wimbledon. Naomi Osaka, the second-ranked player, withdrew from the tournament in part to prepare for the Tokyo Olympics. Reigning women’s singles champion Simona Halep, the world No. 3, withdrew early Friday with a calf injury, after world No. 5 Dominic Thiem pulled out of Wimbledon with a wrist injury right a day earlier.
The women’s field is filled with parity, as seven different women have won the last eight majors. Barty, whose only Grand Slam was the 2019 French Open, hadn’t made it past the fourth round at Wimbledon in his career.
Will there be fans at Wimbledon?
Yes, fans are allowed at this year’s tournament. Both singles finals will allow full crowds at Center Court, making it the first outdoor sporting event in the UK to have full capacity since the start of the pandemic. The capacity will be 50% until the final, which will be 100%.
The All England Club said fans must wear masks on site but will not be required to wear masks and maintain social distancing when seated. Spectators will also be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of attending.
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