Wimbledon 2021: Dates, times, rankings, draws, TV channel

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Wimbledon 2021: Dates, times, rankings, draws, TV channel originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

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

Editor's note: All odds are provided by our partner, PointsBet. PointsBet is our Official Sports Betting Partner and we may receive compensation if you place a bet on PointsBet for the first time after clicking our links.