The All England issued a statement on Thursday, updating on arrangements for The Championships at Wimbledon this year.
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. Ian Hewitt, AELTC Chairman
The AELTC Main Board and Committee of Management have met to consider operational decisions in the context of the public health situation this summer, with health and safety remaining the Club’s highest priority.
The most likely outcome for this year’s Championships, as an outdoor venue, is a reduced number of spectators within the Grounds.
While remaining as flexible as possible under changing circumstances, an increase or decrease in attendance may be required, and both ahead of and during the Wimbledon Fortnight this may be possible.
The Club will therefore leave decisions on public capacity as late as it can in order to welcome the maximum number of guests, while managing ticket distribution.
As a result, rather than risking ongoing uncertainty and disappointment this year, the AELTC intends to give everyone who was successful in the 2020 Wimbledon Public Ballot, the opportunity to purchase tickets to The Championships in 2022 for the same day and court, subject to the regulations and guidance prevailing at the relevant time.
This is to ensure, as far as reasonably possible, a fair and equal opportunity for all these individuals to attend The Championships.
For the same reasons the LTA will not be holding their ballot for tickets to The Championships this year, but will be providing an online platform for ticket sales in June.
There will be no Queue or Ticket Resales at this year’s Championships because of the likelihood of continued social distancing requirements, but both will return in 2022.
In the absence of the Queue, the Wimbledon Public Ballot and the LTA Ballot this year, tickets for the public to attend The Championships 2021 will be made available online, hopefully beginning in June.
A series of infection control measures will be put in place, particularly for the players, who will stay in official hotels with their support teams, and key groups such as officials, and this will be a mandatory requirement for entry into and participation in The Championships.
There will no Invitation Doubles events or Last 8 Club operation in 2021.
“These remain challenging and uncertain times, and our thoughts continue to be with all those affected by the pandemic,” Ian Hewitt, AELTC Chairman said in the statement. ”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.”
The Club also said that amid the planning for this year’s Championships, the AELTC has also begun to embark on a public consultation process for the AELTC Wimbledon Park Project, which refers to the developing proposals for the use of the AELTC’s landholding in Wimbledon Park.
The consultation is expected to conclude in June, with a planning application to be submitted in July.
Subject to planning, it is envisaged that the project would commence in 2022, with the various aspects of the plan being delivered in sequence, including the staging of Qualifying within the AELTC’s extended Grounds by 2028.