Dust off your sneakers and your best all white outfit, it’s time for the 2021 edition of Wimbledon. We will be running you through a full preview of the 134th staging of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Club. Plus we’ll let you know our predictions for the winner of the mens and womens singles events. It’s been almost 2 years since Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer to win his 5th title at SW19, what does the 2021 edition have in store for tennis fans? Let’s find out!
Where Can You Watch It?
If you’re in Australia, you can watch the 2021 edition of Wimbledon on Channel Nine. It will provide extensive coverage of the tournament through its free-to-view channels Channel Nine, 9Go and 9GEM, its on-demand service 9Now and its OTT platform Stan. For our readers from other parts of the globe, you can check out the full range of Wimbledon broadcasters here.
The Quest For The Calendar Grand Slam Continues
For well over a decade, Novak Djokovic has been the 3rd man in tennis. Despite his outstanding achievements so far in his career, including a decade of near-dominance, he is still cast in the colossal shadows of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. But after his triumph at Roland Garros just a few weeks ago, the Serb can step out of those shadows and do something neither of those men has or will ever be able to do… complete a calendar Grand Slam. In doing so, he will become the just the 3rd man in tennis’ history to complete a calendar grand slam (after Don Budge and Rod Laver). Winning Wimbledon will mean he is well on his way to completing that goal, with just the US Open later this year to follow.
Novak Djokovic is the $1.75 favourite… to win the tournament. Yes, you read that correctly. Djoko is basically a shoo-in to at least make the final, if not win it. His quarter of the draw (top quarter) is easily the easiest, and I imagine he will take full advantage of this and coast into the final. None of the big threats – Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, Roger Federer or Stefanos Tsitsipas are on his side of the draw. And even if they were, Djokovic would still be a red hot favorite.
Daniil Medvedev, on the other hand has a more treacherous path to the final. But can use his ability to disguise his shots, mix up the pace, and explosive pace to reach the title match. Andy Murray has a very similar style of game to Medvedev, and has had great success at Wimbledon and on grass. This should inspire Medvedev and he’s in great form. After conquering his demons on the clay and producing a quarter-final appearance, World No.2 Daniil Medvedev warmed up for Wimbledon in style, taming big-serving American Sam Querrey 6-4 6-2 in the Mallorca Championship final to win his maiden title on grass.
We know what most tennis fans, 99% of the Wimbledon crowd and basically everyone on earth will be wanting… a Federer triumph. It is two years since Roger Federer’s shanked forehand shot culminated in the most heartbreaking defeat of his career. But his failure to convert two match points that preceded it, is something the Swiss hasn’t fully digested. But Federer, at the age of 39, is still optimistic of challenging at his beloved surface. Federer made his comeback from double knee surgery this year, although he is still short in match practice and has had mixed results. I think he has a chance of making the final once again, but needs to get through Medvedev in the quarters.
Final: Medevev vs Djokovic
Winner: Novak Djokovic‘
I’ll be honest, on the surface it seems like predicting this is nigh on impossible. With the French Open recently throwing up some huge upsets and a player ranked outside the top 30 in the world taking the title (Barbora Krejčíková), Wimbledon seems to be an even trickier proposition to predict. . Women’s tennis is so open right now. There are lots of players that are capable of winning big events. But when you dive a little deeper into the grass, things become a little more clear.
Experience Counts On The Grass
Grass court tennis is incredibly unique. With only a short window of each year dedicated to playing on the surface, it is often times well suited to more experienced campaigners. If you look back at the winner of the womens singles event at Wimbledon for the previous 10 years, you see a list full of experienced & highly lauded players. We are talking about names like Williams, Kvitova, Halep, Muguruza, Kerber & Kvitova. Multiple time grand slam champions that are highly experienced on the grass and at Wimbledon.
The winner could very well be a previous champion. Serena Williams, put in a good performance at the French Open. This should set her campaign up for Wimbledon nicely, which has always been her focus and will allow her to finally capture her 24th Grand Slam. Petra Kvitovà has shown good form in a lead-up event on the grass, only losing to Angelique Kerber in a close, three-set encounter. The two-time Wimbledon champion is always dangerous at this event, and her draw looks good.
But in the end, Williams lacks enough match practice and Kvitova has a tough opening round. So, why not Ash Barty? The world #1 was at the top of her versatile game before an old injury resurfaced. She is equally menacing on all surfaces. With a game that puts elegance before power, Barty can outclass the most formidable of opponents. Her game has everything including court coverage and wide angles. Most of all, despite her relatively young age she has a plethora of experience on grass.
Final: Muguruza vs Barty
Winner: Ash Barty