Wimbledon Championships 2021 Reveal Strict COVID-19 Protocols Certain to Attract Backlash

Published 03/12/2021, 5:52 AM EST
The Championships logo is seen on the third day of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship on June 22, 2005 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London. (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)


The 2021 tennis season got off to a great start with the successful completion of the Australian Open 2021. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the organizers were able to organize the Grand Slam well. Seeing the efficient system of the first Grand Slam, fans expect the same from the US Open, French Open, and the Wimbledon Championships 2021 as well.

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Fans and players are aware that the intensity of the virus is different in different nations. The pandemic still has deep roots in the United Kingdom and in a situation like this, it has become difficult for the organizers of the Wimbledon Championships 2021 to hold the tournament without any restrictions.

A general view inside the Wimbledon Number 1 court with the new fixed and retractable roof after the Wimbledon Spring Press Conference 2019 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on April 30, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Recently, the management of the Grand Slam came up with a plan of action. Under this, all the players, coaches, and umpires will be staying in some designated hotels only in central London. This will be a pre-requisite condition for all the players who’ll be playing in the Championships this summer.

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The decision might attract backlash, as most players are not happy staying in places against their will. The management will release further clauses of the plan next week. There are speculations that the same restriction might be followed at the Miami Open 2021 as well.

Management of the Wimbledon Championships believe that the plan might allow more fans to turn in

The priority of the management is to actually allow more and more fans to witness the Grand Slam live. They feel that this can be accomplished by imposing such strict protocols.

Roger Federer of Switzerland arrives for practice during Day Ten of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

“One of the priority measures is a minimised risk environment for the players. As such, based on current guidance, there will be official hotels for all players, their support teams, and key groups such as officials, which will be a mandatory requirement for entry into this year’s Championships,” said a spokesperson from the management.

However, it won’t be easy for the management to easily convince players to stay in the designated hotels. Former World No. 1 Andy Murray prefers to stay in his home in Surrey during the Championships. Also, Roger Federer usually rents two rooms in London when Wimbledon is going on.

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The Wimbledon Championships 2021 will begin on June 28, 2021. Although it couldn’t take place last year due to the pandemic, fans are really excited about it this time. Will Novak Djokovic be able to defend his title, or will Federer get his hands on his 21st Grand Slam title this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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