Wimbledon Is Back!

 Wimbledon 2021 begins this week! After the 2020 tournament was cancelled, the British Grand Slam returns for two weeks of top tennis. 

Novak Djokovic will be defending men's champion and opens his tournament against British number 7 Jack Draper. Defending women's champion Simona Halep won't be appearing in this tournament, having been forced to withdraw with a calf injury. 

Men's Singles-The Big Four

Whilst Novak Djokovic is the favourite to retain his title, legendary player Roger Federer still can't be ruled out as a possible challenger to grab his ninth Wimbledon championship (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2017 Winner). The player turns 40 this year and could be playing in his final Wimbledon, so don't be too surprised if he pushes himself all the way to glory.

Andy Murray (2013 and 2016 Men's Singles Winner) will also return this year but is not being viewed as one of the early favourites. After an injury ravaged few years, Murray will be hoping to put in a strong showing at this year's tournament before he seeks another Olympic gold, having been selected to represent Team GB in the delayed Tokyo games.

The tournament however, will be missing Rafael Nadal (2008 and 2010 Men's Singles Winner), who won't be playing in this summer's Olympic Games either due to an unspecified injury.

Women's Singles

With defending champion Simona Halep missing out, a new name will be on this year's trophy. Searching for her eighth Wimbledon win, Serena Williams goes in as second favourite behind World Number 1 Ashleigh Barty. However Barty has been struggling with a hip injury this year as well as missing the 2020 season, which should give Williams a lot of confidence going in to the tournament. 

Four time Grand slam winner Naomi Osaka will unfortunately be missing, taking time out to recover from depression and anxiety, but she will be back for the Tokyo2020 in Olympics.

Doubles

Nick Kyrgios sprung a surprise on tennis fans when he announced he would be going into mixed doubles with Venus Williams as his partner. The star pairing has put them as the ones to beat for the mixed doubles title.

In the men's doubles Juan Sebastián Cabal and Robert Farah return to defend their title. In women's, 2019 winner Barbora Strycova announced her retirement, meaning her winning partner Hsieh Su-wei will pair up with current Doubles World Number 1 Elise Mertens.

The tournament will be broadcast live on the BBC, right up to and including the finals. We hope you enjoy the iconic tournament and are even inspired to get involved!

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