The Wimbledon tournament will be played at a minimum 25% capacity, with the organization focused on increasing the figure based on the situation in the United Kingdom when the dates approach. The championship, suspended in 2020, will begin on June 28, a week after the Boris Johnson government predictably lifts the restrictions related to the covid. Although the Wimbledon organization will try to delay as much as possible the announcement of the exact number of fans who will be able to attend the tournament, they have been able to communicate, in a press conference held this Tuesday, that they will have at least 25% capacity, ending with the option of being played behind closed doors. In addition, Wimbledon has decided to delay until June the announcement of the prize pool for this year’s edition. What the organization has done is to communicate the elimination of one of the greatest traditions of the tournament from 2022 as is the ‘middle Sunday’, by which the activity on the tracks was interrupted on the Sunday of the middle of the tournament, to give a day of recovery to the grass. In this way, Wimbledon will become a 14-day tournament, like the rest of the Grand Slams. It should be remembered that Wimbledon was the only Grand Slam that was not played last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The British Grand Slam was also the only one with pandemic insurance. In this way, the economic impact of not being carried out was less. Roland Garros, for example, had to readjust its dates and it did take place during the last week of September and the first week of October. Former player Patrick McEnroe recently spoke at length about Roger Federer’s French Open ambitions.
Patrick McEnroe talks about Roger Federer
“Roger Federer wouldn’t be showing up to play if he didn’t think he could play well,” Patrick McEnroe said. “But I don’t think he is realistically going there thinking he could win the tournament.” The American believes the biggest motivator for Federer is his love for the game, and he claimed that that is also what makes the Swiss so popular and durable. “He just loves the game,” Patrick McEnroe added. “He loves to play. I don’t think he plays with the sole intention of ‘I’m going to play to try and win every tournament’. And I think that’s part of his popularity and part of his sustainability.” Patrick McEnroe went on to point out that when Roger Federer was at his peak, he would never be the favorite at Roland Garros due to a certain Rafael Nadal.