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The closed-door tournament in 2021?

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 16, 2020
Wimbledon behind closed doors in 2021? After having been forced to cancel the tournament this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the organizers do not intend to be forced this time to throw in the towel again at the last moment. And it is precisely with the aim of being able to once again present the London Grand Slam meeting in 2021 that the director of the most famous grass event in the history of tennis is already active in find the formula that will allow him to make his comeback next year, knowing that Wimbledon was the only Grand Slam tournament that did not take place this year (the Australian Open had gone normally, the US Open was played behind closed doors on the scheduled dates and Roland-Garros, postponed to the end of September, was played with a gauge of a thousand people authorized per day). Friday, while the Porte d’Auteuil is slowly recovering from the new feat of the master of the premises Rafael Nadal (13th success in Paris), the organizers of Wimbledon have let it be known that they have chosen three scenarios. Among the three schemes studied, is a 2021 edition behind closed doors, certainly the worst case envisaged, but nevertheless possible unfortunately.

Three scenarios under study, including in camera

“These scenarios are divided into three categories: a tournament with maximum capacity, a tournament with a reduced number of spectators and a closed-door tournament, all (these scenarios) depending on the evolution of instructions from the government and health authorities”, All English Lawn Tennis Club president Sally Bolton explained on Friday. Everything will depend on the health context at the time when the tournament is scheduled for the moment (from June 28 to July 11, two weeks before the Tokyo Olympic Games, postponed for one year), the evolution of the coronavirus as well as restrictions such as the protocol which will then be in effect.

With only one goal for the organization: not to find yourself again forced to cancel the competition. “Holding the tournament in 2021 is our number one priority and we are studying very carefully all the possible scenarios to maintain it.” And if we have to go behind closed doors to keep the tournament going, then Wimbledon will be played behind closed doors.