After the fast caused by the pandemic, the circus will be able to regain possession of the Wimbledon temple. The news that conditions the draw has Simona Halep as its protagonist: the reigning champion, who had also renounced the second Grand Slam of the season, will not be able to defend the title due to a calf injury.
Naomi Osaka is also absent. At the head of the group obviously Ashleigh Barty (who never passed the cut of the fourth round at the Championships) on a collision course with Carla Suarez Navarro. Relatively comfortable draw for world number one, who could find Barbora Krejcikova in the round of 16 and Viktoria Azarenka or Bianca Andreescu in the quarterfinals.
Serena Williams also orbits in the same portion of the draw, hunting for the eighth title on the lawns of Church Road and above all for the twenty-fourth Slam title. For the American champion, finalist among many other things in 2019, Aliaksandra Sasnovich should not be a problem in the first round, but it could hypothetically create difficulties for her Angelique Kerber in the round of 16.
Also possible an fourth round with Cori Gauff, called to break down the wall of Belinda Bencic. At the bottom of the draw stands the two next to the Aryna Sabalenka's row. The Belarusian, in a spot mainly made up of qualified, could find Maria Sakkari in the second round and Garbine Muguruza in the quarters.
There are also Karolina Pliskova and Iga Swiatek. Theoretical 4th round:  A. Barty vs  B. Krejcikova
 V. Azarenka vs  B. Andreescu
 E. Svitolina vs  A. Pavlyuchenkova
 Coco Gauff vs  S. Williams  Ka. Pliskova vs or vs.
 P. Kvitova
 E. Mertens vs  S. Kenin
 I. Swiatek vs  G. Muguruza
 M. Sakkari vs  A. Sabalenka
Roger Federer closer to retirement?
The return to Halle of the Swiss champion and twenty-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer lasted much shorter than expected with the Swiss tennis player who succumbed in three sets to the young Canadian talent Felix Auger Aliassime.
Beyond the tennis player's performance, what appeared strange and in some ways worrying was Roger's attitude on the pitch, disheartened and now resigned in the third set to a fate that seemed almost obvious. In addition, the media appeared concerned that Federer delayed his press conference by two and a half hours.
After the defeat against Felix Auger Aliassime, Roger Federer made the following statements: "I needed time to digest the third set, I was disappointed with how the match ended, something similar to what also happened in Geneva.
Honestly, at the end of the match, I didn't know what to say. From the three victories at Roland Garros I have gathered a lot of information on the matches, then changing surfaces is not easy at all, Felix is a great tennis player and he played better than me.
For my part, I didn't have a good attitude, I felt disappointed in how I felt and how things were going. All the difficulties followed me and I was not able to push them away. I realized it wasn't my day and there was nothing I could do.
I am neither happy nor proud." Finally, however, there remains a glimmer of hope: "If you look at the 1500 races or so that I have played in my career these are things that can happen and the good thing is that I know that it will not happen to me the next time I will be on the pitch, I talked to Ivan Ljubicic (coach) and I understood everything.
I just have to be positive and think about the next goal, which is Wimbledon." Finally speaking of the physical problems Roger concluded: "The rehabilitation process has been a great challenge for me, anyone who has undergone several surgeries knows what I am talking about and this is the my biggest concern."