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Wimbledon WILL go ahead next year even if it takes place behind closed doors

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Wimbledon WILL go ahead next year even if it takes without spectators as tournament officials outline three different scenarios in which SW19 will be staged

  • Wimbledon will take place next year even if it is to be staged behind closed doors
  • The Championships were cancelled this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic
  • In response, plans have been drawn up to make sure the tournament goes ahead 

Wimbledon will go ahead next year even if the tournament has to be staged behind closed doors.

The Championships were cancelled this summer for the first time since World War II because of the coronavirus pandemic and the All England Club is planning for several scenarios for 2021.

Tournament officials revealed on Friday that the three scenarios are dependant on the status of government and public health guidelines, which will allow SW19 to go ahead at full or reduced capacity, or behind closed doors. 

Wimbledon will take place next year even if fans are not allowed to return to SW19

Wimbledon will take place next year even if fans are not allowed to return to SW19

This year's cancellation  saw Novak Djokovic denied the chance to defend his singles title

This year’s cancellation  saw Novak Djokovic denied the chance to defend his singles title

‘The AELTC is pleased to provide an update on The Championships 2021. We are actively engaged in planning for next year’s Championships and are considering multiple operational scenarios at this point in time, given that there are still many months until the Wimbledon Fortnight,’ the statement read.

‘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.

‘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 scheduled start of the Wimbledon championships is for June 28 next year

The scheduled start of the Wimbledon championships is for June 28 next year

‘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.’ 

This year’s cancellation meant that there was no chance for Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep to defend their singles titles.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray supports the decision to hold the tournament next year, following the success of other majors like the French Open and Australian Open.

‘I would like to see Wimbledon go ahead regardless of whether there are fans or not,’ Murray said, after his French Open first-round defeat by Stan Wawrinka.

But two-times winner Andy Murray has recently called for the championships to take place

But two-times winner Andy Murray has recently called for the championships to take place 

‘But we’ll see what they decide. I think the events that have gone on so far, the ones I’ve been involved in, have been pretty successful.

‘I guess it would be up to the fans. If the fans are enjoying watching it and they are getting good TV ratings, then that would suggest people would still like to see tennis and watch the major events.

‘For a player, it is not the same without fans, but I’d still way rather be playing the event than not, that’s for sure.’



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