As the greatest tennis tournament of them all gets ready to serve up some epic entertainment on the BBC, here’s what to keep an eye on…
By Virgin TV Edit
Did you miss it? Following its postponement last year, the most iconic of tennis’ Grand Slams is back with a bang.
Sure, the All England Club might not be at full capacity. And Roger Federer is a year closer to retiring. But that isn’t going to stop Wimbledon delivering big on action, thrills and blockbuster showdowns that’ll have you on the edge of your seat over the next two weeks.
With every game, set and match live across the BBC, there’s plenty of unfolding drama to come at SW19. But what are the key storylines you should know about? Here are 5 engrossing plots to follow when the tournament starts…
1. Serena’s quest for Slam 24
Could this be the tournament Serena Williams equals Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles? Stuck on 23 since 2017, time is running out for the 39-year-old American, who has struggled for form recently. With seven Wimbledon singles titles to her name already, however, it would be one of the sports stories of the year if Williams rolled back the years to get her hands on the Venus Rosewater Dish once again.
2. Djokovic’s ascent to true greatness
Having bagged his 19th Grand Slam crown at the French Open earlier this month, Serbian maestro Novak Djokovic heads to SW19 just one major title behind Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. The brilliance of Djokovic, who is the defending men’s singles champion at Wimbledon, has never been in doubt. But now he has the chance to take his rightful place alongside two of the greats at the top of the list of men’s Grand Slam winners. Should Djokovic do so, it’s surely only a matter of time before he becomes the most decorated player ever.
3. The women’s draw is open
How open? The last 18 Grand Slams have been won by 13 different players, demonstrating a significant shift in the landscape. As the sun looks to be setting on the incredible career of Serena Williams, talented whippersnappers like Ashleigh Barty, Sofia Kenin and Iga Šwiatek (above) have all stepped up and won majors in the last few years. Expect the unexpected at Wimbledon.
4. The new generation of men is ready
If the women’s draw has an intriguing unpredictability to it, then the same goes for the men’s. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are likely to hog the headlines over the next fortnight, but current top 10 stars like Daniil Medvedev, Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas (try saying that with a mouthful of strawberries and cream) have all shaken up the men’s game for the better. Get ready for them to mix things up with the big boys.
5. The Brit who can cause a stir
Enigmatic, mercurial and combustible, Dan Evans has had a great 2021 so far and plenty of the star names will want to avoid him in the men’s draw. From winning his first ever ATP title in Melbourne and clawing his way back into the top 30 to defeating the mighty Novak Djokovic in straight sets in Monte Carlo, he doesn’t have the nickname “Dangerous” for nothing. Evans has never gone beyond the third round at Wimbledon, but the 31-year-old could do some serious damage this year.
When is Wimbledon 2021 on TV?
Coverage of the tournament starts on Monday 28 June on BBC One HD (CH 101/108), BBC Two HD (CH 102) and in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer.
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