The Wimbledon organizers are continuting to give their best effort to stage The Championships this year. Last year, Wimbledon was cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic and for the first time since 1945 a calendar year didn't feature Wimbledon.
The pandemic is still on but the hope is that Wimbledon will take place this year. "Our aspiration remains to stage the best Championships possible in the context of the public health situation this summer, with the health and safety of our guests, staff, competitors, and community remaining our highest priority,'' Wimbledon's statement read.
"We are continuing to work closely with the UK Government, public health authorities and the rest of sport with the ambition of welcoming spectators safely to sports events this summer. Based on these conversations, and taking on board the guidance provided by the Sports Ground Safety Authority, as well as transport and food and drink guidance, at this point in time, the most likely outcome for this year’s Championships, as an outdoor venue, is a reduced number of spectators within the Grounds.
However, we are taking every step to remain as flexible as possible to ensure we are able to react to changing circumstances that may allow an increase or require a decrease in attendance, both ahead of and during the Wimbledon Fortnight."
The Wimbledon organizers commited to 'staging the best Championships possible'
Ian Hewitt, AELTC Chairman, commented: “These remain challenging and uncertain times, and our thoughts continue to be with all those affected by the pandemic.
Although the promise of a return to a more normal existence is on the horizon, we are not there yet. As such, we have taken some key decisions in order to provide us with some certainty in our planning, and yet also to retain flexibility where we need it the most.
“We remain committed to delivering on our aspiration of staging the best Championships possible. In line with the UK Government’s Roadmap, we are cautiously optimistic that The Championships will play an exciting role as the country begins to embrace a return towards normality.
We remain humbled and heartened by the passion for Wimbledon shown by our fans around the world, and we so look forward to seeing the world’s best tennis players setting foot on our courts once again”.