Eleanor Crooks, PA Tennis Correspondent
Dish out the Pimm’s and pour cream on the strawberries, Wimbledon is back.
Two years since the last ball was struck in anger on Centre Court, play gets under way in the 2021 Championships on Monday.
Much of the attention will be on Andy Murray, however, several other big names are also on the schedule.
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 27, 2021
Match of the day
— LTA (@the_LTA) June 27, 2021
Murray’s return to singles action at Wimbledon is the headline act but the match that opens Centre Court sees eyes focused on Britain’s future as 19-year-old Jack Draper gets a shot at defending champion and clear title favourite Novak Djokovic.
A fond farewell?
Murray insisted he is not thinking about this being his last Wimbledon but, given everything that has happened in the past four years, there must be serious doubt about whether he will make 2022. Nikoloz Basilashvili is a high-class opponent so Monday could see the Scot waving goodbye to his greatest stage.
Wide open women’s draw
— Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) June 27, 2021
The withdrawals of Naomi Osaka and defending champion Simona Halep have made what was already a difficult-to-predict women’s tournament even more so. As the French Open proved once again, with Barbora Krejcikova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova battling it out for the title, contenders could come from just about anywhere. Second seed Aryna Sabalenka, two-time former champion Petra Kvitova and young star Iga Swiatek are among those beginning their campaigns on Monday.