October 28, 2020

Wimbledon plans return in 2021, with or with out followers – tennis



The Wimbledon tennis event is planning its comeback in 2021. Wimbledon was the one Grand Slam event canceled this yr due to the coronavirus pandemic, however the All England Membership introduced plans Friday for its return subsequent yr.

“Staging The Championships in 2021 is our primary precedence and we’re actively engaged in state of affairs planning in an effort to ship on that precedence,” All England Membership chief govt Sally Bolton mentioned.

The event, canceled this yr for the primary time since 1945, is scheduled to run subsequent yr from June 28-July 11. It might be held at full capability, diminished capability or with out followers, the membership mentioned.

All the choices are depending on the standing of presidency and public well being tips, the membership mentioned.

The U.S. Open and French Open had been held this yr however with strict protocols to scale back the potential of spreading the virus. No followers had been allowed at Flushing Meadows, whereas Roland Garros was restricted to 1,000 followers per day.

“Our overriding precedence will proceed to be the well being and security of all of our stakeholders, particularly our friends, our workers, and our opponents,” the All England Membership mentioned.

“We’re working carefully with the related authorities and public well being authorities, alongside the remainder of the sports activities trade, to know the various challenges and alternatives offered by the continuing coronavirus pandemic.”

The Australian Open was held this yr earlier than the coronavirus pandemic unfold around the globe, however the 2021 event might be affected. Subsequent yr’s event at Melbourne Park is scheduled to run from Jan. 18-31.

Australian Open chief govt Craig Tiley has mentioned he desires worldwide tennis gamers arriving for the event to be exempt from the 14-day resort quarantines which can be obligatory for inbound vacationers. (AP) APA APA