— Published 19 March 2021

Wimbledon planks its gauge

Outright cancelled last year, the Wimbledon tournament could welcome its share of spectators this year. But how much remains to be seen. The All England Club said on Thursday (March 18th) that it was still very “flexible” with health conditions still very uncertain in Britain. “We want to make sure that we postpone our decision to host spectators until the latest so that we can get as many people as possible“, said Ian Hewitt, president of the All England Club. “While a return to normal seems to be on the horizon, it will still take patience”. The only certainty: there will be no draw for the allocation of tickets, the organising committee preferring instead to put them on sale on a virtual platform during the month of June, a few days before the event (June 28 to July 11, 2021). There will also be no resale of tickets allowed, in order to respect social distancing measures. In addition, all players, coaches, members of the entourage and referees must stay in hotels designated by the organising committee, rather than in private residences.