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'We are confident that we will be able to increase our ticketing capacities,' say Wimbledon

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British tennis fans look set for a Wimbledon boost with the Championships 'confident' they can increase their planned ticket allocation.

The UK are far ahead of most other countries in their vaccination programme, and are currently in the midst of a phased removal of social restrictions.

Last week there were fears that the Indian variant of COVID-19 may derail those plans, but the promising trends in the data have so far held firm, and Wimbledon hope to benefit as a result.

A statement from Wimbledon read: “While the health and safety of all our guests remains our highest priority, further to the Stage Three relaxation of restrictions and early positive indications from the Event Research Programme, we are confident that we will be able to increase our ticketing capacities for The Championships this year beyond the minimum 25% position we set out last month.

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“For this reason, we are continuing to leave confirming our ticketing capacities until as late as possible, with all tickets to be made available via an online sale, which we anticipate commencing in mid-June.”

Wimbledon was not played at all in 2020 due to the coronavirus crisis. It was the first year since the Second World War that the tournament did not go ahead.

However, a robust insurance policy ensured they did not lose out financially.

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