This year’s edition of the Wimbledon tournament will be played with reduced capacity, although the number of spectators will not be decided until later to try to ensure the maximum possible.
According to Wimbledon 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 the capacity of the public until as late as possible, so that we can accommodate as many people as possible.”
This year, Wimbledon kicks off on June 28, a week after the United Kingdom, if all goes according to plan, lifts the restrictions due to the covid.
Furthermore, the tournament confirmed that this year there will be no “The Queue”, the traditional queue in Wimbledon Park, where people camp even overnight to get cheap tickets.
The organization also announced that It will be mandatory for all players to stay in hotels, as well as for their teams and other essential workers such as judges. The tradition that some tennis players had adopted of renting private houses in the vicinity of the All England Club is thus broken.
Finally, Wimbledon affirmed that the project for the expansion of the All England Club, with the purchase of the attached golf course, has been delayed and that as a consequence the preliminary phase cannot be played there until 2028.