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Wimbledon confirm intent to return in 2021 with three possible coronavirus plans in place

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Wimbledon WILL return in 2021 in whatever capacity possible, officials have confirmed, as long as the British government allow it.

This year saw the first time the Championships had been cancelled since the Second World War due to the coronavirus crisis.

It was the only Grand Slam not to go ahead during the year, although they did not take a financial hit due to an usually comprehensive insurance policy.

Next year will be different, though, with the added time being used to plan for three levels of fan engagement depending on how quickly the UK can get the coronavirus contained.

"The AELTC is pleased to provide an update on The Championships 2021," a statement read.

"We are actively engaged in planning for next year’s Championships and are considering multiple operational scenarios at this point in time, given that there are still many months until the Wimbledon Fortnight.

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"These scenarios fall into three broad categories: a full capacity Championships, a reduced capacity Championships, and a ‘behind closed doors’ Championships, all of which are dependent on the status of government and public health guidelines.

"Our overriding priority will continue to be the health and safety of all of our stakeholders, in particular our guests, our staff, and our competitors.

"We are working closely with the relevant government and public health authorities, alongside the rest of the sports industry, to understand the varying challenges and opportunities presented by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic."

Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep are the reigning Wimbledon singles champions.

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