Wimbledon Confirms Plans to Return in 2021

Novak Djokovic during the 2019 Men's Singles final at Wimbledon. Photo by Ella Ling/BPI/Shutterstock (10334028ag)

Wimbledon was the only Grand Slam tournament that didn’t have its 2020 edition, with the organizers deciding to cancel the tournament due to COVID-19. However, this scenario won’t repeat in 2021.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club, which is responsible for the event, confirmed plans to stage Wimbledon in 2021. According to the official statement, the tournament will take place from June 28 to July 11.

Depending on the health situation next summer, the organizers will decide whether to allow fans to attend in a full or reduced capacity or to play matches in front of empty stands.

“Staging The Championships in 2021 is our number one priority, and we are actively engaged in scenario planning in order to deliver on that priority,” said AELTC chief executive Sally Bolton.

The cancelation of the 2020 edition of Wimbledon was only the second time in history that the tournament wasn’t played. The only other time was the 1945 edition, which was canceled due to World War II.

Unlike Wimbledon, all three other Grand Slams went through with their tournaments. Australian Open was held before the coronavirus pandemic got to an alarming level, while the US Open and French Open postponed their events and played matches without audience while adhering to all health and safety protocols.