With two weeks to go to the start of The Championships, the AELTC is working with the government and public health authorities on the final scenario for this year’s event, with these discussions taking place in light of the potential delay to Step 4 in the government roadmap.
As we continue to work hard to provide final confirmation of our plans for this year’s Championships, we are delighted to express our excitement and enthusiasm for Wimbledon 2021 through the launch of our campaign, ‘It’s a Wimbledon Thing’. Last year’s cancellation provided a timely reminder of the immense passion that our fans have for Wimbledon, brought to life through the many different traditions they re-created, all around the world. Sally Bolton, AELTC Chief Executive
Further to the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday the AELTC will provide an update on the final decisions for this year on Wednesday 16 June, including ticketing capacities, any spectator requirements such as COVID-status certification, and prize money, with tickets likely to go on sale in the following days.
Anyone interested in receiving details on the ticket launch should register with myWIMBLEDON.
In the meantime, the AELTC is launching ‘It’s a Wimbledon Thing’ campaign for The Championships 2021.
The aim of the campaign is to celebrate the uniqueness of Wimbledon fandom – a passion that goes beyond tennis.
AELTC Chief Executive Sally Bolton OBE commented: “As we continue to work hard to provide final confirmation of our plans for this year’s Championships, we are delighted to express our excitement and enthusiasm for Wimbledon 2021 through the launch of our campaign, ‘It’s a Wimbledon Thing’.
“Last year’s cancellation provided a timely reminder of the immense passion that our fans have for Wimbledon, brought to life through the many different traditions they re-created, all around the world.
“This year’s campaign aims to put this fandom at the heart of our narrative, and we are really looking forward to everyone engaging with Wimbledon again, in whatever way you choose, when The Championships begins on 28 June.”
The campaign trailer, created by McCann London and directed by duo ‘US from Academy’, threads together a narrative of fandom in a high tempo film, beginning with one of those unmistakable British scenes – barbequing in the rain, Pimm’s in hand.
The film builds to show a US-based fan proudly putting the finishing touches to her Wimbledon Bake-Off, while another turns her local wall into Centre Court as she powers down a record-breaking serve.
As the film moves on, fans in Tokyo, Thailand, New York, London and beyond continue the theme, sharing their ‘Wimbledon Thing’ as they engage in the on-court action.
To put the campaign in the hands of fans throughout the Fortnight, the AELTC will be encouraging anyone and everyone, including the players, to share their #WimbledonThing.
This includes a collaboration with UEFA around EURO 2020, leveraging UEFA’s partnership with TikTok, and distribution of the campaign by the AELTC’s official broadcast partners.
In addition, the AELTC has expanded its audio and video narrative series for Wimbledon, which aims to demonstrate the power of players’ on-court achievements in effecting broader cultural change, and is also continuing its efforts to reach new audiences in fresh ways through the launch of a new series for kids.
Helmed by the characters ‘Blade’ and ‘Bounce’, the series aims to introduce this young generation to Wimbledon, its traditions, and quirks, delivered in a creative animated style from the LiveWire Sports team.
Both films can be viewed on wimbledon.com .