Roger Federer, Coco Gauff and several other tennis stars will take the court Saturday for third round play at Wimbledon.
ESPN will begin airing matches from London at 8 a.m. ET July 3. Gauff, the American 17-year-old who’s captivated the sports world, will face Kaja Juvan in the women’s singles draw at 8:30 a.m. ET on Centre Court.
Federer, 39, will square off against Cameron Norrie in the men’s singles bracket for the second match of the day on the same surface.
The juxtaposition of the headliners playing in the first two matches at Centre Court on Saturday illustrates the state of tennis in 2021.
Some of the sport’s biggest names of the past two decades, including Federer, are pushing to reclaim glory late in their careers while the complexion of the next generation of dominant players is still taking shape.
A 20-time Grand Slam champion, Federer has dealt with injuries for much of the past year and pulled out of the French Open last month. But he’s seeded sixth in the Wimbledon draw and appeared to capture his top form in a straight sets victory over Richard Gasquet in the second round.
Federer is 22 years older than Gauff, who rocketed onto the national stage at Wimbledon in 2019 when she became the youngest player to qualify for the tournament and then upset Venus Williams. With an injury forcing Venus’ sister, Serena, out of Wimbledon this year, the women’s bracket is in need of a central figure.
Gauff, who advanced to a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time at this year’s French Open, has an opportunity to step into that role while she’s still a teenager.
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