Wimbledon was cancelled in 2020 for the first time since the Second World War – but the most prestigious tournament in tennis returns in 2021.
Spectators may not be allowed in to watch but the best players in the world will be out in force at the All-England Club once more from Monday 28 June-Sunday 11 July 2021.
Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep will open play on Centre Court on the first two days of The Championships as defending champions – but will either or both be lifting the trophy again two weeks later?
Wimbledon 2021: Latest outright odds - men's champion
Here are the latest outright odds for men’s singles champion at Wimbledon 2021:
Here are the latest outright odds for women’s singles champion at Wimbledon 2021:
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Wimbledon 2021 Predictions
It looks set to be another unsettled season in 2021 after the unprecedented disruption to the tennis calendar of 2020, but whatever else happens – and whether the crowds are allowed in to fill Centre Court or swell Henman Hill – we know that The Championships are going to be played at the All-England Club from 28 June-11 July 2021.
Knowing that, we also know that defending champions Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep will open play on Centre Court on Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 June respectively – but beyond that, all is up for grabs.
Given Djokovic’s success at the All-England Club over the past decade – not only has he won five titles, but he has won four of the past six years – we can probably expect the Serb to be in the mix at the end of the fortnight. But two-time winner Nadal, who played epic semifinals against Djokovic and Federer in 2018-19, and Federer, the man who has won more Wimbledon titles than anybody else (and had two championship points against Djokovic in 2020) won’t allow Djokovic to add to his Grand Slam title haul without a fight.
Then there are the younger generation of male players – yet to make an impact at Wimbledon, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t: Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas will all be looking to write their own names in the annals of Wimbledon history.
But Wimbledon does see more early-round upsets than any other major thanks to the fact that most players are least experienced on grass of all the surfaces, not to mention the very tight turnaround between the French Open and The Championships.
This means that we’ll see plenty of surprises – not least in the women’s field. Simona Halep played the perfect match to beat Serena Williams in the 2019 final; will we see them face off again? Can the Romanian find that level to defend her title, or will Williams capture an amazing eighth crown?
Petra Kvitova, Garbine Muguruza and Angelique Kerber are all former champions looking to recapture that trophy, while world no. 1 Ashleigh Barty leads a cohort of players who are hoping to cement their triumphs at other majors by winning the most prestigious of all – Naomi Osaka, Bianca Andreescu, Sofia Kenin and Iga Swiatek.
These are just a few of the storylines to keep an eye on when Wimbledon 2021 takes place from 28 June-11 July.
Wimbledon men's champion 2021: Who are the favourites?
When it comes to Wimbledon 2021, the Big Three dominate as you would expect, but there are also some younger players being tipped to make their mark.
Novak Djokovic won back-to-back Wimbledon titles in 2014-15 and 2018-19 to bring his overall haul at the All-England Club to five (tied with Bjorn Borg), but he has never won three years in a row – could that happen in 2021? After saving two championship points to beat Federer in a thrilling fifth-set tie-break in 2019, it’s hard to see how things could get much better for Djokovic at Wimbledon, but the world no. 1 has ample incentive to make sure that they do: He’s eager to close the gap on Federer and Nadal, both of whom have 20 Grand Slam titles to his 17.
Speaking of Rafael Nadal, the Spaniard hasn’t reached the Wimbledon final since 2011, but the past few years have seen him come close again, making the semifinals in 2018-19 when it took Djokovic and Federer respectively to stop him.
Nobody has won more Wimbledon titles than Roger Federer, and the last time he lifted the trophy, it was after a lengthy lay-off the previous season saw him return to competition tactically and physically rejuvenated. Federer missed most of 2020 as he took advantage of the disrupted schedule to have multiple knee surgeries – will the 39-year-old be refreshed and better than ever at Wimbledon in 2021?
The only other active Wimbledon men’s champion Andy Murray may be a big outsider, still to prove that he is a force to be reckoned with at Grand Slams in the wake of his hip-resurfacing surgery, but that’s just opened up more space for members of the younger generation to push upwards. Stefanos Tsitsipas, ATP Finals champion in 2019, is an Australian and French Open semifinalist whose audacious, net-attacking game seems like a great fit for grass, while US Open runner-up Daniil Medvedev marries a big serve with a junkballing variety which could be lethal on this surface. Dominic Thiem is now a Grand Slam champion after winning the US Open in 2020; will that give him the confidence he needs to record his best Wimbledon results so far in 2021? And Alexander Zverev, having made breakthrough major runs at the Australian and US Opens in 2020, could be more dangerous than ever if he sorts out his serving woes.
Who are the women's favourites for Wimbledon 2021?
When it comes to Wimbledon, you simply can’t overlook Serena Williams. Only Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova have won as many or more Wimbledon titles in the Open Era, and the seven-time champion’s glory days are not long in the past; although the 24th major title which would tie Margaret Court’s all-time Grand Slam record has eluded the legendary American since returning from maternity leave, she has made the final at Wimbledon in 2018 and 2019 when she was only denied by a perfect performance from Halep.
Simona Halep wasn’t able to attempt to defend her Wimbledon title in 2020, but there’s every reason to believe she’ll make a very good go of doing so in 2021 when the Romanian returns to the All-England Club. Halep’s hard-won consistency means that she’s likely to be in the mix as the second week draws to a close.
World no. 1 Ashleigh Barty has never been past the fourth round at Wimbledon, where she was beaten by an inspired Alison Riske in 2019, but the Australian’s game seems tailor-made for grass (and she’s won Nottingham and Birmingham). After sitting out most of 2020, Barty should return to Wimbledon fired-up in 2021.
Petra Kvitova has proved that she is a force to be reckoned with at Wimbledon, winning the title in 2011 and 2014, and has had resurgent performances at majors in 2019-20. Garbine Muguruza is another former Wimbledon champion looking extremely strong, while Angelique Kerber can never be discounted on grass, which suits her game – so different from fellow left-hander Kvitova’s but almost equally effective.
The dazzling Bianca Andreescu, US Open champion in 2019, didn’t play at all in 2020 and her grass-court credentials are unknown, but we’ve seen enough of the young Canadian to know that her game could work on any surface. Naomi Osaka has never been comfortable on grass, but with a third Grand Slam title under her belt at the US Open in 2020, will the Japanese-Haitian player have the confidence to record her best results yet at Wimbledon in 2021? Iga Swiatek, who stormed to the French Open title in 2020, is a former Wimbledon champion who should thrive on the grass, while Sofia Kenin – an Australian Open champion and French Open finalist in 2020 – has shown her ferocious competitiveness, willingness to adapt and counterpunching game can be effective on any surface.
Wimbledon 2021 Outright Odds: Other Markets
There are plenty of other options for outright betting on Wimbledon 2021, live from the All-England Club from 28 June-11 July.
One extremely popular market is to bet on which player will win each quarter, i.e. reach the semifinals.
Oddsmakers also offer odds on players to reach the final, and which half of the draw the champion will come from.
Bookies also frequently offer ‘Big Guns vs the Field’ bets.