Roger Federer: 'Very little crowd is a bit of a disappointment for all of us but...'

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Roger Federer: 'Very little crowd is a bit of a disappointment for all of us but...'

It's already decided. There will be fans at the 2021 Wimbledon finals. The British Grand Slam organization announced that the finals of its next edition will have a total of 15 thousand spectators. In the rest of the tournament, a total of 21 thousand people per day will be allowed, which means a total of 50% of the capacity of the All England Club.

This will be the first event in the United Kingdom that allows 100% of the capacity after the start of the pandemic and despite the announcement on Monday by the British Government to delay the elimination of the Covid-19 restrictions by four weeks until August 19.

The English tournament, the third Grand Slam of the season, will have the players who attend will be staying in official hotels in central London and will not be able to rent private residences as usual before the pandemic.

The final details are still being defined for the next edition of Wimbledon, where at least they will already have a capacity similar to that experienced at Roland Garros. In this way, the British Grand Slam organization avoids another blow to its pockets, even though it was the only tournament that was protected against the pandemic.

It should be remembered that Wimbledon was protected with insurance that allowed it to collect a large amount of money in the event that a pandemic caused its cancellation, and since it could not be held on another date due to the situation of the lawn, it was the only "big" that was not played in 2020.

Roger Federer played his first match on grass in nearly two years when he took on Ilya Ivashka in the first round of the 2021 Noventi Open on Monday. Federer was rusty at the start and also showed some signs of nerves, but eventually came through 7-6 (4), 7-5.

Roger Federer played in front of a largely empty stadium in Halle

"I had a tough moment in the first set when he had a break point so that was crucial to get out of those and then I played a really good tiebreaker which I was happy about," Roger Federer said.

"I think as the match went on I started to create more opportunities and started to calm my nerves a little bit; overall I think I served very well." After his win over Ilya Ivashka, the Swiss maestro expressed his disappointment at the lack of fans but claimed he was pleased to mark his return to grass with a win.

"I love playing here," Federer said. "Very little crowd is a bit of a disappointment for all of us but at the same time I'm excited to be back on the green grass and getting a win is always very nice."