Last season, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, one of the most awaited events by all tennis fans could not be played. This is the Wimbledon tournament, the Grand Slam that most of the players on the circuit dream of winning at least once in their career.
The courts of the All England Club need special treatment and cannot be used, as has happened in other events, out of season. Neil Stubley, Wimbledon’s head gardener, explained after the cancellation of the tournament: “As great as it would be to play the tournament in late summer and fall, it’s not possible.
It is true that we played Davis matches in September. But there you can start at 11 and finish at 17. The Championships run from 11 in the morning to nine for two weeks. In total they make 670 matches.
It’s hard to succeed in July, let alone at other times of the year. In late summer the sun is lower in the sky. Therefore the dew comes first and the fields become slippery. The time frame in a day in which you can play is narrowing. You have to start later and finish earlier.”
Wimbledon 2021: here are the probable restrictions
This year, the hope of the Wimbledon organizers is to have the tournament run while also allowing the public to watch the matches live. According to the latest updates of the Daily Mail, to protect the safety of the athletes and all those involved in the tournament, the management is thinking of using some official hotels only for the players and to implement an environment able to reduce the risk to a minimum.
“We are creating several measures to be able to have a safe tournament that the public can trust,” one of the tournament spokespersons explained to the Daily Mail. “One of them is the implementation of an environment where risk for players be minimized. For this reason, and in compliance with the regulations in force, there will be official hotels for the players, for their teams and for the referees. Those who want to participate must necessarily stay in one of these structures.”