In contrast to the French Open, where two tournament winners were crowned in less than a year, it has been two years since Wimbledon’s trophies were raised. After the 2020 edition was canceled due to COVID-19, The Championships are back.
Just two weeks after Roland Garros (who was postponed a week), Wimbledon returns with a number of big names missing from both individual classes, including Rafael Nadal, Naomi Osaka, 2019 women’s champion Simona Halep and Canadian Milos Raonic. Lots of stars are still competing, including Novak Djokovic, who is halfway through the Grand Slam, and Ash Barty and, of course, Serena Williams.
Canada is sending a strong line-up to the All England Club with seven players to win one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments. The game starts on Monday June 28th, with the women’s final on July 10th and the men’s final on July 11th. Here’s everything you need to know to watch the Canadians at Wimbledon in 2021.
Which Canadian players will be in Wimbledon 2021?
Félix Auger-Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil will compete in the men’s singles. Pospisil also plays doubles. Leylah Annie Fernandez and Bianca Andreescu compete in the women’s singles. Fernandez, Sharon Fichman and Gabriela Dabrowski compete in doubles.
Andreescu returned to the field for the Australian Open in January. After reaching the semi-finals of the Phillip Island Trophy, she was forced to retire in the Miami Open final due to a foot injury. She had to miss the Milan Open because of a positive COVID-19 test and then withdrew from the Italian Open because she should have been in quarantine. Andreescu, who turned 21 on June 16, retired from the French Open in Strasbourg, France, because of “a small tummy tummy” and then lost in the first round at Roland Garros. She played three games on grass before going to the Grand Slam event on the secluded grass court in tennis, with her only win being against Christina McHale.
The top-ranked Canadian continues her return to form by returning to the All England Club main team for the first time since 2017 when she lost in the first round. In 2021, the native of Mississauga, Ontario, will face Alize Cornet, who ranks 56th worldwide, in the opening round. The two recently met at a Wimbledon tuning, the Berlin Open, where Andreescu lost 7-6 (2), 7-5. If she reaches the quarterfinals, she could be No. 1 see Ash Barty; the two faced each other in the final of the Miami Open (hard courts), where the Canadian had to give up due to injury.
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While Barty is waiting for Andreescu, so is her compatriot Fernandez in the third round. The 18-year-old was launched last year and is now number 71 in the world. She won her first career title in March when she defeated Viktorija Golubic in Mexico. This year the Laval, Que., Marks the first main Native attraction at Wimbledon; In the opener she meets Jelena Ostapenko. Fernandez also competes in doubles with partner Anastasia Potapova from Russia.
For the men, senior Canadian Shapovalov is back after skipping a trip to Paris. In his two Wimbledon tunes, he reached the quarter-finals in Stuttgart, Germany, and the semi-finals at the Queen’s Club. He defeated Feliciano Lopez in every tournament and gave the American Frances Tiafoe a direct defeat in London. Originally from Richmond Hill, Ontario, Shapovalov is making his fourth appearance at Wimbledon, despite looking for a stronger finish. In his three previous trips he lost twice in the first round and once in the round of 64. He will meet Philipp Kohlschreiber in the opening round this year, who could possibly face Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.
Montrealer Auger-Aliassime, placed in 16th place, also enters the Grand Slam event after a strong game in Tuneups. He lost in the final in Stuttgart and retired in the semifinals in Halle. He’s only played once at Wimbledon before, in 2019 when he rose to the round of 32 before losing to Ugo Humbert. In 2021 he will meet Thiago Monteiro in the first round. The duo fought at the 2020 US Open, where the Canadian won in four straight sets. Split in the lower half of the draw, Auger-Aliassime could see Humbert in the third round and Roger Federer in the semifinals.
For example Shapovalov – who he could face in the quarterfinals – Pospisil is back after skipping Roland Garros with just one game under his belt since late March. A native of Vernon, BC, is making his ninth trip to the All England Club and has not gotten past the opening round in the last four rounds. He had his best run on grass in 2015 when he lost to Brit Andy Murray in the quarter-finals. He meets Roberto Carballes Baena in the first round and could take third place among the seeded and French Open finalists Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round. He also competes in doubles and works with the American Nicholas Monroe.
Fichman and her partner Giuliana Olmos join Fernandez in the women’s doubles, who are in ninth place and who have become a big player in the doubles. The duo has just won the Italian Open, made it to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in January and in the last few weeks reached the second round at Roland Garros and the semi-finals in Berlin. Double specialist Dabrowski works with Caroline Garcia. Dabrowski, the eleventh-placed doubles player in the world, comes from Ottawa and was in the final of the Championships in 2019.
Why isn’t Milos Raonic playing at Wimbledon 2021?
The native of Thornhill, Ontario, announced on Instagram on June 19 that he was skipping this year’s Grand Slam event at the All England Club due to a calf injury.
I wanted to say that I am incredibly sad and hurt that I won’t be ready to compete in Wimbledon this year. It’s a high point on my schedule every year. I’ve worked hard preparing many of the recent tournaments. On the penultimate day, I injured my calf. I worked hard to heal it but had a small setback. That’s why I won’t be ready for Wimbledon. I will work hard to get back as soon as possible.
Thank you for your patience and support.
Raonic, who is ranked 22nd in the world, has struggled with injuries throughout his career. He also retired from the French Open that year.
When will the games with Canadians at Wimbledon take place in 2021?
Rain messed up the schedule on the opening days. Denis Shapovalov’s game on Monday has been postponed to Tuesday. They made it to the fourth set before the game was interrupted. They resumed the action later in the day, with the Canadian winning in five straight sets.
Every game originally scheduled for June 29 (Auger-Aliassime, Andreescu and Fernandez ‘opening games) has been postponed to Wednesday.
(All times are east and are subject to change. Canadian players in Bold.)
|Mon., June 28th||7:15 a.m.||1||Vasek Pospisil def. Roberto Carballes Baena, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3|
|Tuesday, June 29th||6 o’clock in the morning||1||(10) Denis Shapovalov def. Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4|
|Wed. June 30th||6 o’clock in the morning||1||Alize Cornet def. (5) Bianca Andreescu, 6-2, 6-1|
|Wed. June 30th||8:40 a.m.||1||(16) Felix Auger-Aliassime def. Thiago Monteiro, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3|
|Wed. June 30th||9:15 a.m.||1||Jelena Ostapenko def. Leylah Annie Fernandez, 6-1, 6-2|
|Wed. June 30th||10:30 am||2||Frances Tiafoe def. Vasek Pospisil, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4|
|Wed. June 30th||12 o’clock||2||(10) Denis Shapovalov def. Pablo Andujar, tour|
|Thursday, July 1st||6 o’clock in the morning||1||(5) Shibahara / Aoyama vs. Dabrowski/ Garcia|
|Thursday, July 1st||6 o’clock in the morning||1||Peschke / Heisen vs. (9) Olmos /Fichman|
|Thursday, July 1st||9:30 am||1||Potapowa /Fernandez against (13) Olaru / Kichenok|
|Thursday, July 1st||10:30 am||2||(16) Felix Auger-Aliassime against Mikael Ymer|
|Friday, July 2nd||still open||3rd||(10) Denis Shapovalov against Andy Murray|
|Friday, July 2nd||still open||1||(7) Murray / Soares vs. Monroe /Pospisil|
|still open||still open||2||* (16) Daniell /Fichman vs. still open|
|still open||still open||2||* (2) Pavic /Dabrowski vs. still open|
* Received a bye for the first round in the mix doubles.
On which TV channel, live stream is Wimbledon 2021 in Canada?
The championships are available in Canada on TSN.
Viewers can watch online with TSN.ca, the TSN App and TSN Direct.