It’s back! Wimbledon 2021

There’s not long to go until the much-loved Wimbledon Championships gets underway, kicking off an exciting summer of British sport.

From June 28 to July 11, 2021, the biggest names in tennis will battle it out on the grass courts of the All England Club.

The 2020 tournament was of course cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic. It was the first time the annual tennis fixture showpiece had been cancelled in 75 years.

Financial implications

2020 saw the entire tennis community brought to a standstill. The cancellation of Wimbledon last year had far-reaching financial implications on the sport. According to Britain’s Law Tennis Association (LTA), the organisation’s income received a 40% reduction in 2020 because of the cancellation of the Grand Slam tournament, equating to a loss of around £30 million.

Two days after Wimbledon was cancelled, the LTA pledged a £20million rescue package to protect grassroots tennis in Britain and “aid those who have been most severely affected by the pandemic.”

Tennis, like all sports, has battled on regardless of the setbacks, and the cancellation of last year’s tournament has only heightened the excitement for this year’s event.

Who is poised to win Wimbledon 2021?

Among the favourites to win Wimbledon this year’s men’s championships, is Novak Djokovic. Djokovic will come to the All England Club the defending champion of the Grand Slam, having won the tournament in 2019 after a sensational final against Roger Federer.

Hot on Djokovic’s heels with be Rafael Nadal, the second favourite to win the 2021 Championships. The Spanish tennis star hasn’t won the prestigious event since 2010, when he beat Tomas Berdych in the final.

Daniil Medvedev is also a favourite. The Russian player is yet to win a major Grand Slam title but is among the front runners in the betting for Wimbledon.

In the women’s tournament, Naomi Osaka tops the list to be crowed champion. The Japanese player is ranked number one in the world by the Women’s Tennis Association. Ashleigh Barty is another favourite to take the prestigious trophy, as is Simona Halep, and two-time Wimbledon champion, Petra Kvitova.

British hopes

British number one, Jo Konta will be battling it out on centre court, hoping a home crowd will boast her Wimbledon dreams.

Venue capacity

In normal circumstances, the All English Club welcomes a daily total of 42,000 fans during Wimbledon. This year’s event was expected to let just 25% capacity into the ground. However, Wimbledon officials have announced they are ‘confident’ more than 25% of fans will be able to attend the 2021 tournament.

“This confidence is based in particular on the reintroduction of the rule of six indoors in restaurant settings from 17 May, and early indications that stage four guidance could include similar relaxations of the guidance for sports stadia,” said organisers.

The results of the government’s Event Research Programme (ERP), which will pave the way for larger audiences to be able to attend sport, theatre and gigs safely this summer, remains eagerly awaited ahead of a series of high-profile sporting events lined up for forthcoming months

With sporting fixtures like Wimbledon going ahead and stadiums and venues opening up to fans, it is more important than ever that clubs have adequate insurance in place to keep players, spectators and staff safe.

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