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How to watch Wimbledon 2021

Wimbledon 2021
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Wimbledon 2021 aims to be a triumphant return for the legendary tennis competition. After the 2020 Championship was canceled during the UK COVID-19 lockdown, the tournament is finally back for its 134th year.

The tournament is scheduled for June 28 through July 11, with the men's championship set for that Sunday, and the women's title to be awarded the day before.

There’s plenty of drama to look forward to this year. Five-time champion Novak Djokovic will be looking to retain the men’s singles title he won from Roger Federer back in 2019. If his championship performance at the French Open is anything to go by, the 19-time Grand Slam Champ Djokovic is still in top form.

Tennis fans also are waiting for more info on whether current women’s No. 1 player Ashleigh Barty will be fit to compete after withdrawing at the French Open due to a hip injury, or if a rival like women's French Open winner Barbora Krejčíková will storm ahead. 

Three major names have announced that they won't be taking part in Wimbledon 2021. Rafael Nadal won't compete, and neither will world No. 2 Naomi Osaka, who also withdrew from the French Open. She's planning on competing in the Olympics in her home country of Japan, however.  The 2019 Wimbledon champion Simona Halep has also withdrawn due to injury.

Read our exclusive Wimbledon 2021 interviews right here with Billie Jean King, John McEnroe and Sue Barker, all part of the BBC team. Each reveals their thoughts on this year's tournament and much more...

Billie Jean King on Wimbledon 2021: 'I think every generation gets better'

John McEnroe on Wimbledon 2021: 'We're champing at the bit for the tennis to begin!’

Sue Barker on Wimbledon 2021 — 'I'm boiling over with excitement!'

Here's our guide on how to watch every Wimbledon 2021 match in every country...

How to watch Wimbledon 2021 in the United States

Tennis fans in the United States have a few options to watch Wimbledon this year. The main one will be ESPN, of course. And ESPN remains available on every cable and satellite provider, and on every major streaming service. That includes YouTube TV, Hulu With Live TV, and Sling TV, among others.

If you're in the market for a new streaming service, we recommend taking a look at FuboTV. In addition to carrying ESPN and having a slate of channels that rivals any of the other options above, FuboTV also is comparable in terms of price. 

It's also one of the strongest streaming options when comes to sports. In addition to all the usual channels, FuboTV also has a number of sports add-ons that you can't get anywhere else. And it's the first streaming service in the United States to enter the sports bet market

Wimbledon also will be available on ESPN+, which is the dedicated digital service from ESPN that includes live matches, as well as a ton of other original content that goes above and beyond what you can find on the linear TV options.

ESPN+ runs $5.99 a month or $59.99 a year, if you don't mind paying ahead to save some money.

Even better, though, is if you snag ESPN+ as part of the Disney Bundle. That pairs ESPN+ with Hulu and Disney+ for just $13.99 a month, essentially getting you all three services for the price of two.

And if you want to ramp things up even further, you can upgrade the Disney Bundle to include Hulu With Live TV. That'll get you Disney+, ESPN+, Hulu and Hulu's live TV service for just $72 a month — only $7 a month more than if you were to get Hulu With Live TV on its own.

The Tennis Channel is dedicated to bringing you all the action from the world of tennis, although there’s a sprinkling of other racket sports if you fancy swapping tennis courts for badminton. 

Alongside live coverage of men’s and women’s tournaments from around the world, they also stream original shows, documentaries, and tennis instruction on their 24/7 channel. 

You can stream the Tennis Channel on Roku, Android and iOS devices, Apple TV, the web and select smart TVs. You can also find it on FuboTV, Sling TV or AT&T TV.

How to watch Wimbledon 2021 in the UK

In the UK, the tournament can be watched on both BBC1, BBC2, and online on BBC iPlayer with Sue Barker hosting and John McEnroe part of the commentary team on the BBC, radio, and online.

All the action from Centre Court will be broadcast in a higher definition as part of a new BBC trial. So, if you've got a compatible device and fast enough internet, you'll be able to enjoy Centre Court matches from Wimbledon 2021 in Ultra HD!

Will Wimbledon 2021 have spectators? 

The Wimbledon Championships will have a reduced 50% capacity, with 15,000 people in attendance. Both the men's and women's finals will be played in front of full capacity crowds. 

Wimbledon 2021 Full Schedule

This is the provisional schedule for the tournament, but this is weather dependent and subject to change! 

Play on each day commences at 6am EST / 11am BST on outside courts and at 8am ET / 1pm BST on Centre Court and No. 1 Court.

Monday, June 28
Gentlemen’s & Ladies’ Singles First Round

Tuesday, June 29
Gentlemen’s & Ladies’ Singles First Round

Wednesday, June 30
Gentlemen’s & Ladies’ Singles Second Round
Gentlemen’s & Ladies’ Doubles First Round

Thursday, July 1
Gentlemen’s & Ladies’ Singles Second Round
Gentlemen’s & Ladies’ Doubles First Round

Friday, July 2
Gentlemen’s & Ladies’ Singles Third Round
Gentlemen’s & Ladies’ Doubles Second Round
Mixed Doubles

Saturday, July 3
Gentlemen’s & Ladies’ Singles Third Round
Gentlemen’s & Ladies’ Doubles Second Round
Mixed Doubles
Boys’ and Girls’ Singles

Sunday, July 4

No play

Monday, July 5
Gentlemen’s & Ladies’ Singles Round of 16
Gentlemen’s & Ladies’ Doubles Round of 16
Mixed Doubles
Boys’ and Girls’ Singles

Tuesday, July 6
Ladies’ Singles Quarter-finals
Gentlemen’s Doubles Quarter-finals
Mixed Doubles
Boys’ and Girls’ Singles & Doubles

Wednesday, July 7
Gentlemen’s Singles Quarter-finals
Ladies’ Doubles Quarter-finals
Mixed Doubles
Boys’ and Girls’ Singles & Doubles

Thursday, July 8
Ladies’ Singles Semi-finals
Gentlemen’s Doubles Semi-finals
Mixed Doubles
Boys’ and Girls’ Singles & Doubles
Gentlemen’s, Ladies’ and Quad Wheelchair Singles

Friday, July 9
Gentlemen’s Singles Semi-finals
Ladies’ Doubles Semi-finals
Mixed Doubles Semi-finals
Boys’ and Girls’ Singles & Doubles
Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ Wheelchair Singles & Doubles
Quad Wheelchair Doubles Final

Saturday, July 10
Ladies’ Singles Final
Gentlemen’s Doubles Final
Boys’ and Girls’ Singles and Doubles
Quad Wheelchair Singles Final and third/fourth place play-off

Sunday, 11
Gentlemen’s Singles Final
Boys’ Singles Final
Girls’ Singles Final
Boys' and Girls' Doubles Finals

Saturday, July 10 or Sunday, July 11

Ladies’ Doubles Final
Mixed Doubles Final
Ladies’ Wheelchair Singles Final
Gentlemen’s Wheelchair Doubles Final
Gentlemen’s Wheelchair Singles Final
Ladies’ Wheelchair Doubles Finals