Why Crowd Numbers at Wimbledon Championships 2022 Have Declined by 11%?

Published 07/01/2022, 2:13 AM EDT
LONDON – JUNE 24: Flowers show the Wimbledon logo during previews for the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 24, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

There have been many controversies surrounding the Wimbledon Championships this year prior to their start on the 27th of June. After deciding to ban Russian and Belarusian players from the tournament, the prestigious Grand Slam event was already missing some top players. Moreover, the ATP and WTA also removed ranking points from this year’s competition. 

Due to this, many players chose to skip the tournament. In addition, crowd attendance has been low compared to previous years. This could be due to a number of reasons. Let us explore some of them. 

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Why is attendance at the Wimbledon Championships 2022 low?

8-time Wimbledon Champion, Roger Federer is missing this event due to a knee surgery. During the first day, we saw some banners with Federer’s name on it, as many fans felt the tournament was less appealing without the presence of the Swiss legend. Notably, the first day of attendance was around 36,600, which was the lowest since 2007.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 5, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates winning his fourth round match against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego REUTERS/Paul Childs

Apart from Federer, many other top Russian players were also missing, including the world no.1 Daniil Medvedev, and world no.8 Andrey Rublev. Additionally, last year’s finalist Matteo Berrettini also pulled out of the competition in the last moment due to Covid; same happened with Marin Cilic as well. Also, 7-time Wimbledon Champion, Serena Williams, has already lost in the first round, which could be another reason for the low attendance.

After the pandemic, many people opted for a digital platform rather than going out in public. According to reports, the aggregate attendance of the first three days was around 114,573, down by 11 percent from three years ago. Even though Andy Murray’s and Emma Raducanu‘s matches garnered good numbers (38,520), it was still low compared to three years ago.

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Who will win Wimbledon this year?

Meanwhile, many top players have already crashed out of the competition from both men’s and women’s sides. From the men’s side, Novak Djokovic looks the clear favorite, as he has won the competition the last three times.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 27, 2022 Serbia’a Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his first round match against South Korea’s Kwon Soon-woo REUTERS/Paul Childs

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In the women’s draw, Iga Swiatek is once again the favorite to win the title after her recent triumph at the French Open.

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Debkinkar Maity

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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.

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