The fanciest tennis tournament in the world, so fancy the Brits sometimes refer to Wimbledon as simply “The Championships,” returned to the grass courts of the All England Club southwest of London today after the last in person championship in 2019 (thanks, no thanks to COVID-19, which cancelled 2020’s tourney for the first time since WWII).
Played since 1877, Wimbledon also remains the fanciest tennis gathering not just because they require all-white dress codes for the players, but also because you can count on seeing the Royal Family in the stands, and people eating strawberries and cream. But you don’t need any of that to watch Wimbledon from the comfort of your home, or your mobile screen.
Before we get to how to watch, here’s whom to watch:
On the men’s brackets, defending 2019 champion Novak Djokovic already won his first-round match and is on his way to seeking his sixth Wimbledon title and 20th Grand Slam singles win. Djokovic has completed the first half of the calendar year 2021 Grand Slam with wins so far at the Australian Open and French Open. If Djokovic gets to 20 Grand Slam wins, he’ll tie Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most-ever for a man. Federer is seeded sixth and holds the Wimbledon record with eight titles. Nadal has skipped the tourney this year. French Open runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas is seeded third.
On the women’s side, defending 2019 champ Simona Halep isn’t playing Wimbledon, nor is Naomi Osaka. But current No. 1 player in the world Ash Barty is playing, and hoping to make it past sixth-seeded Serena Williams, who has seven Wimbledon titles and would tie Margaret Court’s all-time record for Grand Slams with 24 if she wins on grass here. French Open winner Barbora Krejčíková, meanwhile, has the 14th seed.
Still wondering when is Wimbledon 2021, what time Wimbledon is on TV, or how to watch Wimbledon in the U.S.? Here’s everything you need to catch this year’s event.
WHEN IS WIMBLEDON?
The tournament has reverted back to its traditional schedule, with opening matches beginning today, and play culminating at the end of the second week, with the Ladies’ Singles Finals on Saturday, July 10, and the Gentlemen’s Singles Finals on Sunday, July 11.
See below for the full schedule:
June 28-29: First round
June 30-July 1: Second round
July 2-3: Third round
July 5: Round of 16
July 6-7: Quarterfinals
July 8-9: Semifinals
July 10: Women’s final
July 11: Men’s final
HOW TO WATCH WIMBLEDON 2021:
Wimbledon’s matches can be viewed on ESPN or ESPN2. You also can watch ESPN live with an active subscription to fuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, or Sling TV, many of which offer free trials for new customers. If you get ESPN+ or ESPN3, you can watch any match! Subscriptions to the streaming service, which offers live sports, new originals, and a vast library of ESPN content, cost $5.99/month, but you can bundle the service with Disney+ and Hulu (with ads) for just $12.99/month.
WHAT TIME IS WIMBLEDON 2021?
Individual matches vary. But here are the coverage windows each day.
- Monday, June 28: First Round, 6 AM – 11:30 AM (ESPN), 1130 AM – 4:30 PM (ESPN2)
- Tuesday, June 29: First Round, 6 AM – 11:30 AM (ESPN), 1130 AM – 4:30 PM (ESPN2)
- Wednesday, June 30: Second Round, 6 AM – 4:30 PM (ESPN)
- Thursday, July 1: Second Round, 6 AM – 4:30 PM (ESPN)
- Friday, July 2: Third Round, 6 AM – 11:30 AM (ESPN), 1130 AM – 4:30 PM (ESPN2)
- Saturday, July 3: Third Round, 8 AM – 11:30 AM (ESPN), 1130 AM – 2 PM (ESPN2), 2 PM – 5 PM (ESPN)
- Monday, July 5: Round of 16 (Court 1, others), 6 AM – 4 PM (ESPN2); Round of 16 (Centre Court), 8 AM – 4 PM (ESPN)
- Tuesday, July 6: Women’s quarterfinals (Centre Court), 8 AM – 2:30 PM (ESPN); Women’s quarterfinals (Court 1), 8 AM – 4 PM (ESPN2)
- Wednesday, July 7: Men’s quarterfinals (Centre Court), 8 AM – 2:30 PM (ESPN); Men’s quarterfinals (Court 1), 8 AM – 4 PM (ESPN2)
- Thursday, July 8: Women’s semifinals, 8 AM – 1 PM (ESPN)
- Friday, July 9: Men’s semifinals, 8 AM – 2 PM (ESPN)
- Saturday, July 10: Women’s final, men’s doubles final, women’s doubles final, 9 AM – 3 PM (ESPN)
- Sunday, July 11: Men’s final, mixed doubles final, 9 AM – 2:30 PM (ESPN)
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