The wait for tennis fans and local residents eagerly awaiting news on this year’s Tournament is over.
The AELTC announced today that at this point in time, the most likely outcome for this year’s Championships is a reduced number of spectators within the Grounds. As such, everyone who was successful in the Wimbledon Public Ballot in 2020 will be given the opportunity to purchase the same tickets to The Championships next year (2022) instead, subject of course to the regulations and guidance prevailing at the relevant time.
There will be no Ballot (public or LTA) and given the likelihood of continued social distancing requirements and with consideration for the health and safety of all the public, there will not be a Queue or Ticket Resale in operation this year.
Instead, tickets for the public to attend The Championships 2021 will be made available online by the LTA from June. More details about when and how these can be purchased will be announced nearer the time.
A series of infection control measures will be put in place for the Tournament but it is not thought at this time that this will need to include the restriction of spectator movement around the Grounds.
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.”
Amidst 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.