In news that would put smiles on the face of the tennis fans from around the world, the All England Club has come forward to state that this year’s Wimbledon Championship will go ahead as per the schedule albeit with preventive measures in the wake of the pandemic.
As Wimbledon noted in a statement, given the current circumstances, the most plausible scenario is that the tournament is played with a small number of spectators.
There are also talks of having the entire tournament in a bio bubble akin to the one at the Australian Open.
No queue,no on-site sales at Wimbledon 2021-
The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, also known as the All England Club has announced a slew of measures to keep the July event Covid-secure to ensure it goes ahead after being cancelled last year due to the pandemic. It was the first time the tournament was cancelled since the Second World War.
One of the most iconic sights of British sport – the queue at Wimbledon tennis – will not feature in this year’s tournament.
What the Club has officially termed “The Queue” has become a much-loved feature of July in SW19, when thousands queue overnight in makeshift shelters in a nearby golf course to bag the few hundred tickets released for the show courts each day, or to buy general entry tickets to watch play on the outside courts.
Another much-loved feature of the Wimbledon championships – the public ballot for tickets – will also not take place this year. Instead, tickets will be sold online from June, when a final decision will be made on daily admission numbers in line with current Government advice on major sports gatherings.
Fans who received tickets on the ballot for the canceled 2020 will be given priority this time around, with the remaining allocation to go on sale online from June.
Audience but with reduced capacity-
As Wimbledon also noted in a statement, given the current circumstances, the most plausible scenario is that the tournament is played with a small number of spectators.
“However, we are working to be as flexible as possible and be able to respond to last-minute changes that allow us to increase or reduce capacity., before and during the two weeks that the tournament lasts, “said the organization.
“For this reason, we want to make sure that we can leave the decision on public capacity until as late as possible, to be able to accommodate the largest number of people “.
This year, the Wimbledon tournament kicks off on June 28, a week after the UK, if all goes according to plan, lifts restrictions by the covid.