“Not an Exact Science”: Wimbledon Championships 2021 Issues Statement Over Maniac Monday Scheduling Backlash

Published 07/06/2021, 9:39 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 5, 2021 Britain’s Emma Raducanu in action during her fourth round match against Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic REUTERS/Toby Melville


Manic Monday is the second Monday at Wimbledon Championships, one of the most exciting days for tennis fans worldwide. It is a day when all remaining players in the draw, both men and women, play on the same day. But since that is the case, the scheduling of all top players on one day becomes a compelling challenge.

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At the Championships this year, the tournament happened to receive quite a backlash over their scheduling. In essence, the All England Club allotted British wildcard entrant Emma Raducanu the third match on No.1 Court instead of the second seed in men’s draw Daniil Medvedev.

In a surprising turn of events, the 18-year-old retired trailing at 6-4, 3-0, whereas Medvedev’s match got suspended due to rain.

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Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 5, 2021 Britain’s Emma Raducanu reacts during her fourth round match against Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic REUTERS/Toby Melville

Although one cannot predict the future, many fans were upset about their planning. Consequently, the tournament issued a statement to clarify its position.

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Wimbledon Championships responds to criticism over Maniac Monday scheduling

Firstly, The Championships congratulated Emma for an extraordinary performance during the fortnight week. Even though she exited in an undesirable manner, she won many British and worldwide tennis fans.

Moreover, the statement read about the complexity of scheduling and allocating the courts. They also added that while they make a fair assessment, the British weather and longevity of tennis matches can hamper their plan. Here’s what the statement said.

“In respect of scheduling, as always, the scheduling of the order of play each day at The Championships is a complex operation, and although we take great care when scheduling matches and allocating courts on a daily basis., it is not an exact science.

“All decisions are made with fairness and the best interests of the tournament, players, spectators, and our worldwide broadcast audience at heart, but the unpredictable nature of the length of matches and the British weather can and will cause disruption to any schedule.”

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Conclusively, the Australian Ajla Tomljanovic would now have to pull off two nights in a row. She will next face compatriot and World No.1 Ashleigh Barty for a place in the semifinals.

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As for the men’s schedule, the suspended match between Daniil Medvedev and Hubert Hurkacz would resume on Tuesday. The winner will then face Roger Federer the next day.

Do you think the scheduling of Maniac Monday at Wimbledon Championships 2021 was fair?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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