Wimbledon Championships 2021 Plans to Allow Limited Capacity Crowd Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

Published 01/30/2021, 11:48 PM 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)


2020 was not at all a great year, and Wimbledon was suspended for the first time since World War II. The oldest Grand Slam saw a major obstacle through the coronavirus, and it barred the organizers from hosting the Grand Slam in 2020. As for this year, the possibility of the Slam happening is optimistic, and there’s more good news in that regard.

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Wimbledon 2021 is scheduled for June 28. But there are still various logistical issues that will need sorting before a decision can be made.

“Our scenarios fall into three broad categories: a full capacity Championships a, a reduced capacity Championships, and a ‘behind closed doors’ Championships,” the organizers mentioned.

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

What are the options for Wimbledon 2021?

It is likely that the Championships will be held with a reduced spectator count. Right now the organizers are keeping all options open, but a reduced capacity or even a tournament behind closed doors seems to be the logical thing to do.

“Most of our planning focus is currently centred on the option of a reduced capacity Championships and how that would affect each stakeholder group, but we are not yet in a position to rule out any of the other scenarios.”

Furthermore, the organizers are planning for various road blockages near the Wimbledon site. If the authorities approve, then only emergency and special access vehicles will be allowed. This will affect the locals living in the area, but there is no official confirmation about it yet.

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The COVID-19 situation in London isn’t good. On average, there are over 20,000 daily cases of COVID-19 being reported. So the organizers will be on their toes and hope that the situation improves.

Defending Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic and defending runner-up Roger Federer. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

Wimbledon will closely look at how the Australian Open happens. AO 2021 will be held with a 50 percent capacity, and the participating players had also served a mandatory 14-day quarantine period.

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Wimbledon 2021 cannot be canceled as the financial implications are high after the 2020 edition’s misery. The organizers are determined to conduct the tournament no matter what happens!

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Bhavishya Mittal

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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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