“Not There Yet”: Wimbledon Championships 2021 Updates Spectator Policy

Published 03/18/2021, 8:22 AM EDT
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)


Even the mighty and historic Wimbledon Championships fell prey to the coronavirus in 2020. Now the organizers are determined to hold the Grand Slam in 2021, albeit with certain changes.

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Roger Federer of Switzerland arrives for a practice at Wimbledon. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

In an update released by Wimbledon, the organizers are looking ahead to welcome spectators back at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. And after conversations with the health officials, they have decided to have a reduced number of spectators for 2021.

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“We are continuing to work closely with the UK Government, public health authorities, and the rest of the sport with the ambition of welcoming spectators safely to sports events this summer.

“Based on these conversations, and taking on board the guidance provided by the Sports Ground Safety Authority, as well as transport and food and drink guidance, at this point in time, the most likely outcome for this year’s Championships, as an outdoor venue, is a reduced number of spectators within the Grounds.”

Yet, the organizers are still looking ahead to having more fans if the situation improves. The final decision will be made later this year. Issuing of tickets will begin online in June.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic hold their trophies. (Getty)

Players’ accommodation at Wimbledon

Moreover, the usual social distancing rules will be applicable to everyone. And thus, players and their teams will be staying in hotels allotted by the organizers.

“In addition, given the likelihood of continued social distancing requirements and with consideration for the health and safety of all the public, there will not be a Queue or Ticket Resale in operation for this year’s Championships.

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“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 and participation in this year’s Championships.”

A general view inside the Wimbledon Number 1 court. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Wimbledon, like other tournaments, is taking precautions to ensure a healthy and safe event. It will be interesting to see how the traditions of Wimbledon vary with the changes this year. Furthermore, how will the players react to the new guidelines?

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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