After being cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, tennis returns to Wimbledon this summer and the scene is set for another historic occasion. World No 1 Novak Djokovic arrives at the tournament aiming to win his third Grand Slam of the year and the 20th of his illustrious careerRead More »
Supermarkets sell out of strawberries. Pimm’s flows freely. Ace! It must be Wimbledon. Last year’s tennis-less summer was saddening. This year, the fresh, green lawns will be a sign of hope
Novak Djokovic will head to Wimbledon buoyed by a spectacular French Open triumph and aiming to stay on course for completing a calendar-year Grand Slam as well as going level on 20 majors with Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer. A window of opportunity has opened up for the 34-year-old Serb to match his two great rivals and also become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win all four majors in the same year. There are many obstacles still ahead for Djokovic but with Nadal not playing at Wimbledon and Federer having missed so much tennis in the last two years, he has a chance, perhaps even of completing the Golden Slam by also winning the Tokyo Olympics.
For Roger Federer, Wimbledon 2021 will not only be the last Grand Slam he contests before celebrating the "big four-oh" but also a chance to put behind him the memory of his 2019 heartbreak at the grasscourt major. The Swiss has held aloft the gilded Challenge Cup a record eight times. That near-miss prevented him from winning a record-extending 21st Grand Slam title, and since then a combination of injuries and the COVID-19 pandemic have conspired to curtail his on-court action.