Wimbledon organisers have announced some significant changes to the 2021 tournament due to coronavirus precautions including the loss of the famous customer ticket queues.
A statement has been issued detailing changes that are being put in place to ensure the safest environment for players and spectators alike.
These include official hotels for players as a mandatory entry requirement to the Championship, the loss of some minor competitions and restricted movement of spectators.
The queue and ticket re-sale queues outside of Wimbledon are a long-standing tradition of the competition.
Snakes of fans and tents, many of whom camp out overnight, queue for the chance to get access to one of the show courts to see their favourite players.
But Wimbledon organisers have been clear to emphasis this is only a temporary measure.
The statement reads: ‘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 for this year’s Championships. Both the Queue and Ticket Resale remain much-loved and important Wimbledon traditions, and we look forward to their return in 2022.’
The AELTC has provided an update on plans for The Championships 2021, including public capacity, ticket distribution, the Queue and more ⬇️#Wimbledon
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) March 18, 2021
Ian Hewitt, Chairman of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, said: “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.”
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