Wimbledon to go ahead in 2021

Ruben Hill
October 18, 2020

The tournament in England was cancelled this year for the first time since World War Two due to the novel coronavirus, which has killed more than 43,000 people in the United Kingdom.

"These scenarios fall into three broad categories: a full capacity Championships, a reduced capacity Championships, and a "behind closed doors" Championships, all of which are dependent on the status of government and public health guidelines".

Wimbledon is planned for June 28-July 11, 2021.

The Wimbledon tennis tournament is planning its comeback in 2021.

"Our overriding priority will continue to be the health and safety of all of our stakeholders, in particular our guests, our staff, and our competitors".

Former Great Britain Davis Cup player Jamie Baker, meanwhile, has been appointed head of professional tennis and tournament director and will take on the role of liaising with the player community, ATP, WTA and International Tennis Federation over Wimbledon's plans.

'We are working closely with the relevant government and public health authorities, alongside the rest of the sports industry, to understand the varying challenges and opportunities presented by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic'. "At the same time, we are delighted to demonstrate confidence in Wimbledon with the renewal of several partnerships across our commercial program which play a significant contribution to the successful staging of The Championships both in 2021 and in the future".

Last year, the FFT, which stages the French Open, reported more than 520,000 spectators at the tournament.

The 2020 US Open in NY was held without spectators and the French Open went ahead in September and October with only 1,000 fans allowed daily into the Roland Garros stadium during the fortnight of competition.

The U.S. Open and French Open were held this year but with strict protocols to reduce the possibility of spreading the virus.

The organisers would have learnt from the other Grand Slams and would also keep a close watch on the Australian Open, which is expected to be held in Melbourne in January.

"You can't ask players to quarantine for two weeks and then step out and be ready to play a Grand Slam".

'But we'll see what they decide.

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