Wimbledon Championships 2021

The third Grand Slam of the year, Wimbledon Championships 2021 began on the grass courts of All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, UK. It was the 134th edition of the only grass-court Grand Slam on the calendar. Wimbledon is the oldest Grand Slam in history and is also regarded as the most prestigious one. In 2020 because of the global coronavirus pandemic, Wimbledon was canceled for the first time since World War 2.

A general view of the offices of The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, best known as the venue for the Wimbledon Championships. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Where was the Wimbledon Championships 2021 held?

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Wimbledon 2021 was held at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club(AELTC). The main stadium is called 'Centre Court' and has a capacity of 15,000. AELTC has two stadium courts with the other one being called the 'No.1 Court'. Both the stadium courts have retractable roofs.

A general view inside the Wimbledon Number 1 court. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Wimbledon Championships 2021 schedule

The main draw fixtures of Wimbledon Championships 2021 started on the 28th of June. The Grand Slam concluded on 11th July.

Like at every edition of Wimbledon Championships, the play began at 11 am local time on the show courts. And tennis at Centre Court and No.1 Court began at 1 pm.

Wimbledon 2021 defending champions

In men's singles, Novak Djokovic was the defending champion having defeated Roger Federer in the 2019 final.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic with their respective trophies at the end of Wimbledon Championships 2019. (Credits: Getty)

On the women's side, Simona Halep was the defending champion, after she had claimed a resounding victory over Serena Williams in 2019.

The Columbian duo of Juan Sebastián Cabal and Robert Farah were the defending men's doubles champions. And Hsieh Su-Wei and Barbora Strýcová were the women's doubles champions.

Latisha Chan and Ivan Dodig were the defending mixed doubles champions from 2019.

Wimbledon 2021 Prize Money

Roger Federer with the Wimbledon trophy. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the prize money has seen a short deduction of 5.2 percent. The total prize money pool from 2019 was £38,000,000 or $52,737,350 and now has decreased to £35,016,000 or $48,596,080.

In 2019, the winner received £2.35 million or $3.26 million, whereas in 2021 the champion received £1.7 million or $2.35 million. Like in the other Grand Slams, Wimbledon 2021 also decreased the prize money in the latter stages of the tournament and increased the prize money for the earlier stages.

Wimbledon 2021 spectator count

With the coronavirus cases decreasing in the UK, the government had eased the coronavirus restrictions in place. And hence the organizers increased the spectator count from the initial 25 percent.

The newly revised rules allow for up to 50  percent of fans. However, a 100 percent crowd will be allowed for the men's singles and women's singles final.

'The Championships' logo is seen at Centre Court. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Where to watch Wimbledon Championships 2021?

UK - BBC TV & Radio, Eurosport UK

USA - ESPN, Tennis Channel

Canada - TSN

Australia - Channel Nine

New Zealand - Sky

Brazil - TV Globo, Band Sports

Latin-America - ESPN

India - Star Sports

France - beIN Sports

Germany - Sky Deutschland, ZDF

Europe (all territories) - Eurosport

Europe (local) - SRG SSR, Saran Sport, Nova, Sport Klub, Kyle

Middle-east - beIN Sports MENA

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Africa - Canal Plus International, SuperSport

China - CCTV5, IQIYI

South-East Asia - Disney Networks

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Japan - NHK, WOWOW