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Where to Watch the Wimbledon Championship
Summer is here and that means it’s time for the Wimbledon Championships. Wimbledon starts June 28th and concludes on July 11th. With almost two centuries of history, Wimbledon has become critical viewing for tennis fans. The 2021 Championships are bound to be an exciting watch, with an all-star lineup of players, you won’t want to miss a moment!
And you don’t have to miss anything, for information on Wimbledon and how to stream this year’s Championship, Optimum has you covered. Read on to learn more.
How to stream the Wimbledon Championship
Since 2018 the host broadcaster has been Wimbledon Broadcast Services, they will have multi-camera coverage of the event. During the first week of coverage, all 18 courts will have live streams, dropping to 11 in the second week. There will be approximately 35 broadcasters on-site at the Wimbledon Championship. Rightsholders will receive their feeds through IP infrastructure alongside global distribution to about 200 territories. If you are watching in the United States you can stream Wimbledon on ESPN and ESPN 2. ESPN 2 will broadcast starting the second week and onward, but the other channels will be televising the entirety of the Wimbledon Championship. You can also use the WatchESPN app to stream ESPN’s feed through your cable subscription. YouTube TV, DirecTV Now, and Hulu are just a few platforms where you can see ESPN's coverage as well. The Tennis Channel, FuboTV, and Sling TV are also streaming the Wimbledon matches, you’ll be able to test out each site with a free trial to make sure you’re getting what you want out of the streaming platform.
The provisional Wimbledon Championship schedule is dependent on weather and could be subject to change but the first and second week has been planned out for the men’s and women’s brackets.
First Week of Wimbledon 2021 TV Coverage (June 28 - July 4)
- Monday - Men’s and Women’s singles first round
- Tuesday - Men's and Ladies singles first round
- Wednesday - Men's and Women's singles second round; Men's and Women's doubles first round
- Thursday - Men's and Women's singles second round; Men's and Women's doubles first round
- Friday - Men's and Women's singles third round; Men's and Women's doubles second round; Mixed doubles
- Saturday - Men's and Women's singles third round; Men's and Women's doubles second round; Mixed doubles; Boys’ and Girls’ singles
- Middle Sunday - No play
Second Round of Wimbledon Live Coverage (July 5 - July 11)
- Monday - Men's and Women's singles round of 16; Men's and Women's doubles round of 16; Mixed doubles; Boys’ and Girls’ singles
- Tuesday - Women's singles quarter-finals; Men's doubles quarter-finals; Mixed doubles; Boys’ and Girls’ singles and doubles
- Wednesday - Men's singles quarter-finals; Women's doubles quarter-finals; Mixed doubles; Boys’ and Girls’ singles and doubles
- Thursday - Women's singles semi-finals; Men's doubles semi-finals; Mixed doubles; Boys’ and Girls’ singles and doubles; Men's, Women's and Quad wheelchair singles
- Friday - Men's singles semi-finals; Women's doubles semi-finals; Mixed doubles semi-finals; Boys’ and Girls’ singles and doubles; Men's and Women's wheelchair singles and doubles; Quad wheelchair doubles final
- Saturday - Women's singles final; Men's doubles final; Boys’ and Girls’ singles and doubles; Quad wheelchair singles final and third/fourth place play-off
- Sunday - Men's singles final; Boys’ singles final; Girls’ singles final; Boys’ and Girls’ doubles finals
- Second Saturday or Sunday - Women's doubles final; Mixed doubles final; Women's wheelchair singles final; Men's wheelchair doubles final; Men's wheelchair singles final; Women's wheelchair doubles finals
Wimbledon started on July 9th, 1877. The inaugural championship took place at the All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon. Twenty-two men entered the competition with 200 spectators watching as Spencer Gore took home the top prize. The first women’s championship took place in 1884. Thirteen women entered the competition, the final two players were the Watson sisters, Maud and Lillian. At 19 years old, Maud won in three sets and won the championship again in 1885.
In 1957, Althea Gibson became the ninth American to win the women's singles and the first African American person to win as well. In 1975, Arthur Ashe became the first African American man to win Wimbledon and remains the only African American man to win the Championship. Roger Federer holds the record for most men's singles titles with 8 victories and 20 Grand Slam titles overall. Martina Navratilova holds the record for most Women's singles titles with 9 victories. And Serena Williams holds the record for the most Grand Slam titles at 23 victories.
Wimbledon players to watch out for
There are plenty of household names competing in this year’s Wimbledon Championship, so you’ll have no shortage of players to root for. Tennis star Naomi Osaka however will not be competing at Wimbledon this year. She is taking a step back to spend time with family and friends but will be ready to dominate the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
Keep an eye out for Australia’s Ashleigh Barty, she is ranked number 1 in the world for Women's singles and has 180 career wins under her belt. Romania’s Simona Halep is ranked 3rd in the world and will be playing in her 10th championship this year. Renowned American tennis player, Serena Williams will also be playing at Wimbledon this year. She’s ranked 8th in the world and has 846 career wins, she will be sure to grab everyone’s attention.
Ranked number 1 in the world, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic will be stepping onto the court this year with 961 career wins. Russia’s Daniil Medvedev is ranked 2nd in the world and has 181 career wins since turning pro in 2014. And Roger Federer of Switzerland will be playing at Wimbledon, he is ranked 8th in the world and has a total of 1,246 career wins. Check out the full Wimbledon entry list to see who is playing in this year’s Wimbledon Championship: Wimbledon Entry List.
Spend the next week enjoying the Wimbledon Championships. Grab the popcorn and watch it all unfold! Happy watching!
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