Wimbledon Update: Nadal – Djokovic Resumption to Precede Ladies’ Championship


Wimbledon Update: Nadal – Djokovic Resumption to Precede Ladies’ Championship

Action to Begin an Hour Early:  Breakfast at Wimbledon – 7 a.m. ET, Matches at 8 a.m.


The continuation of the Rafael Nadal – Novak Djokovic Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Semifinal will precede the scheduled Ladies’ Championship; ESPN’s start time moves up one hour to 8 a.m. ET.  The match – to determine who will face Kevin Anderson in Sunday’s Gentlemen’s Championship – will pick up with Djokovic leading two sets to one.

The Ladies’ Championship will follow – No. 25 seed Serena Williams will try to tie Margaret Court’s record of 24 career Major titles vs. No. 11 Angelique Kerber.  The matchup is a rematch of the 2016 Wimbledon championship, won in straight sets by Williams.  Williams has seven Wimbledon trophies on her mantle, Kerber won two Majors in 2016, the Australian and US Opens. 

The Ladies’ Championship will also be aired on ABC at 3 p.m., on ESPNEWS at 9 p.m. and on ESPN2 at 12:30 a.m.  Chris Fowler will call the match with Chrissie Evert.

ESPN+ on the ESPN App

Beyond Centre Court, more courts are available on the ESPN App with the new ESPN+ service, making its Major tennis debut.  Play – including the Mixed Doubles semifinals, Juniors, Wheelchair and Invitational (seniors) – begins as early as 6 a.m.

Breakfast at Wimbledon

The action will be preceded at 7 a.m. by Breakfast at Wimbledon, hosted by Chris McKendry.  The show will include:

  • In an ESPN exclusive, Serena Williams talks about her remarkable comeback after giving birth in her own words.
  • Tom Rinaldi sits down with Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou to discuss her career, including what he sees as her greatest successes and failures.
  • A review of the Gentlemen’s Semifinals and a look ahead to the Championship.

ESPN3’s “DataCenter” Makes Wimbledon Debut

ESPN3, online and streaming live on the ESPN App, will offer an additional feed – “Wimbledon DataCenter” – for the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Championships.  “DataCenter,” as seen at last year’s US Open, has a column of match stats on the left edge with more in a box along the bottom of the screen; the match telecast will fill the rest of the screen.

Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ Doubles Championships Saturday

Following the Ladies’ Championships, ESPN will present the Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ Doubles Championships, both played on Centre Court:

Gentlemen’s Doubles Championship:

The American team of Mike Bryan and Jack Sock faces Raven Klassen and Michael Venus.

Ladies’ Doubles Championship:

American Nicole Melichar teams with Kveta Peschke and they will play Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova.


Date Time (ET) Event Network(s)  
Sat, July 14 7 a.m. – 8 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon presented by Panera Bread ESPN Live
  8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Gentlemen’s Semifinal #2 (continued)

Ladies’ Championship

Gentlemen’s Doubles Championship

Ladies’ Doubles Championship

  3 – 6 p.m. Ladies’ Championship ABC Encore
  9 – MID Ladies’ Championship ESPNEWS Encore
Sun, July 15 12:30 – 3:30 a.m. Ladies’ Championship ESPN2 Encore
8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon presented by Panera Bread ESPN Live
  9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Gentlemen’s Championship

Mixed Doubles Championship

  3 – 6 p.m. Gentlemen’s Championship ABC Encore
  8 – 11 p.m. Gentlemen’s Championship ESPNEWS Encore
Mon, July 16 12 – 3 a.m. Gentlemen’s Championship ESPN2 Encore





Dave Nagle

As I write this on 11-11-21, it's now 35 years for me at ESPN, the only real job I’ve ever had. I joined merely to help with the America’s Cup for three months at all of $5.50 per hour. I like to say I simply kept showing up. I’ve worked on almost every sport, plus answered viewer calls and letters (people used to write!), given tours, written the company newsletter and once drove NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon to the local airport. My travels have been varied…I’ve been to Martinsville, Darlington, Indy and Super Bowls; the America’s Cup (all 3) in San Diego and College GameDay in the sport’s meccas such as Eugene, Auburn, Lubbock, Stillwater and more; the NBA Finals, Wimbledon (16 times and counting) and the “other Bristol,” the one with a race track in Tennessee. These days, my main areas are tennis, UFC, boxing, ratings, and corporate communications documents, including more than 30 of the Year in Review press releases.
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