Wimbledon organisers say they are planning for a reduced number of fans at the 2021 event.
The Grand Slam was not held last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but this year’s event will definitely go ahead. (Sky News)
Organisers had been planning for three eventualities at the All-England Club: a tournament with no fans, a tournament with some fans, and a tournament with the usual number of fans.
Now it seems like the middle option is the most likely.
In a statement reported by BT Sport, Wimbledon said: “Our aspiration is to stage the best Championships possible – a trusted, best practice, safe event – with the health and safety of all guests, staff and competitors remaining our highest priority.
“The majority of our planning focus is currently centred on the option of a reduced-capacity Championships and how that would affect each stakeholder group, but we are not yet in a position to rule out any of the other scenarios.”
Wimbledon keen to avoid Roland Garros error in 2021
It is also reported that Wimbledon organisers are keen to avoid a repeat of what happened at last year’s French Open.
The rearranged Slam sold tickets with the hope of filling 50-60% of seats.
However, only around 1000 spectators ended up being permitted on each day of the event.
Hopefully, with warmer months ahead, and around 400,000 British people being vaccinated against COVID-19 every day, (BBC) Wimbledon will be able to welcome fans in 2021.
But, just like everything else, it is going to look very different to the last time it was held in 2019.
It’ll just be nice to have some tennis back on grass.