Wimbledon 2021 will get underway on Monday, June 28 at the All England Club in London. After getting cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the most prestigious tennis tournament is once again geared up to welcome world’s best tennis players. The draws were announced yesterday with several new and talented names in the roster.
Besides the regular favourites in five-time champion Novak Djokovic and eight-time winner Roger Federer, there are plenty of capable players in the men’s locker room who can impress tennis fans over the next fortnight. Here, we look at a few names, who can spring in a surprise by winning their maiden Slam at the All England Club.
After reaching the finals of the 2020 US Open finals and the recently concluded 2021 French Open semifinals, the young German finally seems to have found the formula to do well at the Majors. Heading into Wimbledon, Zverev looks poised to continue his good fortune at the Grand Slams. Moreover, he has a decent draw where he can pretty much get through the first week without much trouble. The 23-year-old Zverev also has relatively more experience of playing on the grass as compared to many other guys from the next generation. Zverev will also bank on his booming serve, which can be a huge weapon on the grass. Furthermore, his flat shots from the back court can also hurt his opponents. If he can make the second week of Wimbledon, he possesses all the ammunition to win his first Grand Slam.
After reaching the finals of the 2021 French Open, the Greek’s confidence will be at an all-time high. Tsitsipas will enter Wimbledon with hopes of making another good run. However, it will be interesting to see how he adapts to the grass, as he hasn’t played much on the surface before. If he can manage to wade through the draw for the first week at Wimbledon, when the grass is fresh, the 23-year-old has the game and the style to go all the way. His one-hand backhand is perhaps best suited for grass as well and with a decent serve and consistent forehand, who knows what the young Greek can do at Wimbledon.
The big serving Italian is enjoying his best season on the ATP tour. After a successful stint on the hard court and clay, Berrettini looks poised to show his skill on the grass of Wimbledon as well. His big serve and flat forehand can be a big asset on the faster surface at the All England Club. He also won the Queen’s Club tournament last week and remains 5-0 for the season on grass. Big servers, coupled with an attacking game can always be the biggest threat at Wimbledon. Don’t count out on a inform Berrettini making history in the next few weeks.
The Russian too has started his grass court season by reaching the finals of the ATP event in Mallorca. The World No.2 is a dogged tennis player, who can adapt to any surface and make life difficult for his peers. Medvedev also has the experience of featuring in the finals of Grand Slams before. Therefore, one cannot rule out his chances at 2021 Wimbledon.
The young Canadian, Felix Auger-Aliassime kicked-off his grass court season by reaching the finals of the ATP tournament in Stuttgart, before going down to Marin Cilic. Later, he also beat eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in the opening round of ATP Halle a few weeks ago. He also managed to reach the semis in Germany. In eight attempts so far on grass, the 19-year-old has won six times and will be one of the young generation players to watch out for at 2021 Wimbledon. His big serve and all-round game could help him create some impact at the All England Club.