Wimbledon Championships 2021 Introduces Big Changes Ahead of R3 in Men’s Doubles Draw

Published 07/05/2021, 8:55 AM EDT
LONDON, LONDON – JUNE 28: An aerial view a roofless Centre Court and the outside courts taken from the BBC elevated camera position during day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 28, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AELTC/Pool/Getty Images)


The second week of the Wimbledon Championships 2021 has begun and there have been some interesting results at the tournament. However, for the first time this year, there has been a change in the format. This change has taken place in the men’s doubles category. 

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From the third round in the men’s doubles category at the Wimbledon Championships 2021, matches will be the best of five sets. Currently, players have been competing in the best of three sets format. It comes as the right decision since the men’s singles category competes in the best of five-set matches. 

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 2, 2021 Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Tim Henman on court 14 watching Britain’s Jamie Murray and Brazil’s Bruno Soares in action during their men’s doubles first round match against Nicholas Monroe of the U.S. and Canada’s Vasek Pospisil Pool via REUTERS/Neil Hall

Change in rule at the Wimbledon Championships 2021

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However, this decision has been introduced midway through the competition. The change will come into play from the third round onwards. Unfortunately, the matches in the first couple of rounds were conducted in the best of three sets format. 

Speaking about tennis matches, in doubles, local boy Jammie Murray, Andy Murray’s brother crashed out of the event partnering Brazil’s Bruno Soares in the second round. Stefanos Tsitsipas and brother Petros Tsitsipas exited from the competition in the first round. 

Reflecting on the other categories and the Wimbledon Championships 2021 overall, Serena Williams suffered an opening-round exit after she twisted her ankle during the initial stages of her match. On the other side, two-time champion Andy Murray lost in the third round in straight sets to Denis Shapovalov.

A general view inside the Wimbledon Number 1 court with the new fixed and retractable roof after the Wimbledon Spring Press Conference 2019 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on April 30, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has been looking strong and is looking in good shape to defend his title. After claiming the first couple of Grand Slam titles this season, he is the player to beat. Swiss ace Roger Federer has been looking good too with each match passing by. 

Since the tournament is soon going to approach its business end, it will be interesting to see how things unfold during the week. The tournament will end on the 11th of July. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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