Wimbledon set to return in 2021 even without fans

Empty Wimbledon part of organizers 2021 plans

Empty Wimbledon part of organizers 2021 plans

Sharing three possible scenarios, the AELTC said the tournament could either be a full-capacity event, a reduced-capacity tournament, or else be held closed to live audiences.

The Championships were the only one of the four tennis majors not to take place in 2020 - with Wimbledon cancelled for the first time since World War II.

"We are actively engaged in planning for next year's Championships and are considering multiple operational scenarios at this point in time, given that there are still many months until the Wimbledon Fortnight", the AELTC statement read.

The tennis season has been badly disrupted by Covid-19 but the U.S. open went ahead behind closed doors and the French Open took place in front of only 1,000 fans a day after its starting date was moved from May to late September.

Both tournaments were deemed overall successes, with very few positive Covid-19 cases and broad player support.

"Our priority is the health and safety of all our partners, our fans and players " Wimbledon organizers said in a statement.

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The AELTC provided an update on plans for next year and explained that fans should expect some kind of comeback for the event scheduled to occur from June 28-July 11.

'We are working closely with the relevant government and public health authorities, alongside the rest of the sports industry, to understand the varying challenges and opportunities presented by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic'.

"What we are negotiating, or what we're trying to have an agreement on, is that we set up a quarantine environment where they can train and go between the hotel and the courts in those two weeks". I think the events that have gone on so far, the ones I've been involved in, have been pretty successful.

As the winter period begins, we are pleased to be extending our hot meals programme to continue to help those in need locally for the challenging months ahead.

Meanwhile, 30,000 towels that were intended for use during the 2020 championships have been distributed for alternative use, with 5,000 going to the British Red Cross for refugee projects and 2,400 to homelessness charity Crisis.

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