2021 Wimbledon: Kyrgios is back; Kerber finding form

LONDON – The 134th Championships has finally arrived at the All England Club after a year-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kyrgios is Back
The return of Wimbledon also marks Nick Kyrgios’ (AUS) return to tournament play. Kyrgios has not competed outside of Australia since the pandemic began.

The Aussie opens Round 1 action with a rematch against [21] Ugo Humbert. Kyrgios and Humbert played a thrilling, five-set match in the second round of this year’s Australian Open, where the home crowd pulled Kyrgios through in the end.

Kerber Finding Form
[25] Angelique Kerber (GER) was struggling to find her form in 2021. The three-time Grand Slam Champion had just nine wins this year leading up to her Wimbledon warmup tournament. 

However, Kerber put an end to her slump and made a statement at the Bad Homberg Open on her home soil. The German defeated Katerina Siniakova, 6-3, 6-2, to win her 13th WTA title, lifting her first champions’ trophy since winning Wimbledon in 2018.

Bencic, Shapovalov Top Seeds for Team Yonex
[9] Belinda Bencic (SUI) is looking to make the second week of a major for the first time since her quarterfinal run at the 2019 US Open. Bencic opens her quest for a first major title against Kaja Juvan in arguably the toughest quarter of the draw.

22-year-old [10] Denis Shapovalov (CAN) pulled out of Roland-Garros to recover and focus on the grass season. The dynamic, young lefty has a first-round matchup with Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Under 20
Marta Kostyuk (UKR), Clara Tauson (DEN), and Katie Volynets (USA) are all making their first main draw appearance at Wimbledon.

Kostyuk made her breakthrough earlier this month in Paris, reaching the second week of Roland-Garros. Tauson won her first WTA title earlier this year in Lyon, which catapulted her into the top-100 at just 18-years-old. Volynets earned her main draw bid through the qualifying event, where she did not drop a set in three matches.

Rest and Recover
Four-time Grand Slam Champion Naomi Osaka (JPN) is preparing for the Olympics, which will be held in a couple weeks in her home country. Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka (SUI) is recovering from a recent foot injury and hopes to return during the hard-court swing.

Team Yonex
Men
Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera (CHI) | VCORE
Denis Kudla (USA) | VCORE / POLYTOUR PRO
Marton Fucsovics (HUN) | EZONE / POLYTOUR PRO
Lloyd Harris (RSA) | EZONE / POLYTOUR PRO
Ricardas Berankis (LTU) | VCORE PRO / POLYTOUR STRIKE / London Collection / ECLIPSION 3
Frances Tiafoe (USA) | VCORE PRO / POLYTOUR PRO
[10] Denis Shapovalov (CAN) | VCORE / POLYTOUR STRIKE
Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) | VCORE PRO
Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) | VCORE / POLYTOUR SPIN / London Collection / FUSIONREV 4
Jaume Munar (ESP) | EZONE / POLYTOUR PRO
[12] Casper Ruud (NOR) | EZONE / POLYTOUR SPIN / PRO / London Collection / ECLIPSION 3
Nick Kyrgios (AUS) | EZONE / POLYTOUR PRO
Steve Johnson (USA) | EZONE / POLYTOUR PRO
Radu Albot (MDA) | VCORE / London Collection / ECLIPSION 3
[14] Hubert Hurkacz (POL) | VCORE PRO / London Collection / ECLIPSION 3
Marcos Giron (USA) | VCORE
Alexander Bublik (KAZ) | EZONE / POLYTOUR PRO

Women
Timea Babos (HUN) | VCORE
CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) | EZONE
Yafan Wang (CHN) | VCORE / POLYTOUR PRO
Marta Kostyuk (UKR) | EZONE / POLYTOUR PRO
Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) | EZONE / POLYTOUR PRO / London Collection / ECLIPSION 3
Jasmine Paolini (ITA) | VCORE
Clara Tauson (DEN) | VCORE PRO / POLYTOUR STRIKE / London Collection / ECLIPSION 3
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) | EZONE
Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS) | EZONE / POLYTOUR PRO
Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) | EZONE / POLYTOUR AIR
Patricia Maria Tig (ROU) | EZONE / POLYTOUR STRIKE
Aliona Bolsova (ESP) | VCORE / POLYTOUR STRIKE
Camila Giorgi (ITA) | VCORE / POLYTOUR STRIKE
Ana Bogdan (ROU) | EZONE / POLYTOUR PRO
[9] Belinda Bencic (SUI) | EZONE / POLYTOUR PRO
Kaja Juvan (SLO) | EZONE / POLYTOUR SPIN / PRO
[25] Angelique Kerber (GER) | VCORE / POLYTOUR FIRE
Nao Hibino (JPN) | VCORE / POLYTOUR STRIKE
Tamara Zidansek (SLO) | VCORE / POLYTOUR REV
Donna Vekic (CRO) | VCORE / POLYTOUR REV
[22] Jessica Pegula (USA) | EZONE
Caroline Garcia (FRA) | VCORE / POLYTOUR STRIKE
Harriet Dart (GBR) | VCORE / POLYTOUR PRO
Lin Zhu (CHN) | VCORE / POLYTOUR SPIN
Katie Swan (GBR) | EZONE / POLYTOUR PRO
Viktorija Golubic (SUI) | VCORE seres
Marie Bouzkova (CZE) | VCORE / POLYTOUR STRIKE
Katie Volynets (USA) | VCORE PRO / POLYTOUR STRIKE
Varvara Gracheva (RUS) | VCORE / POLYTOUR PRO
Fiona Ferro (FRA) | VCORE
[18] Elena Rybakina (KAZ) | VCORE / POLYTOUR FIRE
Laura Siegemund (GER) | EZONE / POLYTOUR STRIKE
Anna Kalinskaya (RUS) | EZONE / POLYTOUR PRO

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