Return of Wimbledon: Andy Murray Ready for Men’s Singles

This Monday, one of the most important (if not the most important) tennis events in the world will begin.

Wimbledon makes its stellar return after almost two years, it is worth remembering that in 2020 it was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic that wreaked havoc in the UK and the rest of the world.

This year’s edition will feature the return of a familiar face: former world number one Andy Murray will compete in the singles draw, something he hasn’t done since 2017.

On the other hand, superstar Novak Djokovic emerges as favourite to defend his title conquered in 2019 and win a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title.

The women’s draw will be missing Romanian Simona Halep. The defending champion withdrew due to a calf injury.

Other key absentees will be four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka and Rafael Nadal. Both have decided to attend the Olympic Games, which start next month.

But it’s not all bad news, as for the first time since 1978 there will be three British players seeded: Johanna Konta, Dan Evans and Cameron Norrie.

‘Hs Majesty’ Roger Federer, who would face Djokovic in a hypothetical final, will also be present.

The British government has authorised the tournament venues to operate at 50% capacity and full capacity on the finals weekend.