Wimbledon Championships 2021 Bubble: No Private Stay, $20,000 Fine, Disqualification

Published 06/18/2021, 4:00 AM EDT
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)


After being canceled last year, the Wimbledon Championships will return on June 28, 2021. However, with the bio-secure bubble and the COVID-19 restrictions, the experience of the oldest tournament will also be different.

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Although players understand the challenges of hosting a Grand Slam in these tiring times, and even though they have been enduring tennis bubble life for more than a year, it will still take a toll on their performance.

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Fines and restrictions inside Wimbledon bubble

First and foremost, the All England Lawn Tennis Club, the organizers of Wimbledon, clarified that they would allow all players, even those coming from a “red list” country. However, they would need to present a negative coronavirus report on arrival at the designated hotel.

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)

More stringently, no player would be allowed to stay anywhere else but in the ‘Minimized Risk Environment’ or players’ hotel. The tournament will also pay for one single room only, which only one person can use; the players would have to bear the cost of any other room.

Moreover, the players, staff, and team members cannot break the bio-secure bubble at any cost. If they do so, they can face a $20,000 (£14,400) fine and disqualification.

Also, similar to other tournaments, all people will wear masks at all times except when eating, drinking, or playing. And they would be no outside visitors or transportation.

A ‘The Championships’ logo is seen at Centre Court during previews for the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 21, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Most significantly, all players will take two tests for coronavirus on Day 2 and Day 8. But the number of tests can go up as the tournament starts.

Above all, most tennis players have already had the experience of playing and striving through bubble life. Thus, it would be interesting to see Roger Federer and Andy Murray in Wimbledon, as they have the least experience.

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100% spectator capacity at the Wimbledon Championships 2021 finals

Despite the challenging conditions, the AELTC would allow 50% fan capacity inside Wimbledon, and the men’s and women’s final will host a full crowd.

However, the visitors also have separate conditions for entry rules. The finals will take place on July 11, Saturday, for women, and July 12, Sunday, for men.

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Hopefully, the stringent bubble will help the tournament conclude without any hindrance. Given its reputation, Wimbledon would do everything possible to make it better for the players.

Do you think the Wimbledon bubble will affect key players’ performances this year?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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