Tennis has begun on a high note in the 2021 season with the successful completion of the Australian Open 2021. Although the coronavirus pandemic is still not over yet, stadiums witnessed a lot of fans during the Grand Slam in Melbourne. There are even speculations that one might watch huge crowds at the US Open, French Open, and at the Wimbledon Championships 2021.
Recently, the management of the Wimbledon Championships 2021 came up with some good news for fans. The organizers are looking forward to hosting fans in stadiums during the Grand Slam despite the coronavirus pandemic.
This is really some positive news, especially when the UK is still recovering from the deadly virus. The UK government has announced a four-step plan in order to organize the tournament successfully.
As a part of the plan, sports venues will be able to welcome spectators back on a limited basis after May 17, 2021. The Wimbledon Championships will begin on June 28 and the management hopes that the conditions will become favorable by that time.
Also after May 17, the government will hopefully give a special provision to large stadiums to allow around 10,000 spectators. For smaller venues, it’ll be either 50% or about 5,000 people while for indoors, the capacity will be 1,000.
“A lot of planning taking place”- Tim Henman on the Wimbledon Championships 2021
In a recent interview, All England Club committee member Tim Henman claimed that they needed to make some urgent calls about the tournament as soon as possible.
“Certain decisions can be delayed, but you need to have some lead time to get things in place and that means making calls as soon as possible on what we can realistically do. We learned this last year when we were discussing what we could do and we were looking at how many people we needed to have on-site,” said the former World No.4 player.
The Wimbledon Championships couldn’t take place last year due to the pandemic. However, Henman revealed that the management is trying its level best to organize the major successfully this year.
“As we look forward to the 2021 Championships, a lot of it is still up in the air and we are waiting to see what happens with the pandemic, but there is a lot of planning taking place to deliver The Championships in the best possible way. There are a lot of things to take into consideration, like moving dates in the calendar and how that affects other tournaments,” added Henman.
This is surely the news that tennis fans were desperately waiting for. They’ll probably witness the Championships with their friends and family in stadiums and watch some exciting tennis there. All the eyes will be on Roger Federer as Wimbledon is his forte. Will Federer be able to win his 21st Grand Slam title in 2021?
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