Wimbledon set to return from June 28 next year
The Wimbledon tennis tournament is all set to return as it is planning its comeback in 2021, even if it has to be staged behind the closed doors. The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), the organising body confirmed the same on Friday.
The grass-court championships were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic this year, and it was the first time since the World War II in 1945, that this tournament got cancelled.
The AELTC, in a statement said that they are considering a number of operational scenarios at this time, given there is still time for the 2021 edition - a full-capacity, reduced numbers of fans or holding the tournament with no spectators present.
“Staging the championships in 2021 is our number-one priority and we are actively engaged in scenario-planning in order to deliver on that priority,” chief executive Sally Bolton was quoted as saying.
The Wimbledon in a statement said, “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.”
The 134th championship is scheduled to start from June 28 – July 11 next year.
The tennis season was badly disrupted this year due to the pandemic outbreak, but the US Open eventually went ahead behind the closed doors, while the French Open allowed only 1,000 fans a day, after the tournament was shifted from May to late September.