The gates of the All England Tennis & Croquet Club are finally ready to open. Both for the conduct of the Wimbledon tournament – not held last year due to the world pandemic – and, and this is one of the two important news of the last few hours, for the public or, at least, a part of it.
“I would like to highlight how excited we are that Wimbledon will return this summer, with the best tennis players in the world competing on our grass courts, in front of our passionate spectators – said Ian Hewitt, president of the All England Club in the press conference to present the Tournament – While it will be different from Wimbledon as we know it, we are full of excitement and committed to our return following last year’s cancellation.
We plan to offer the best possible Championships in accordance with public safety”. The details still remain to be defined, but it seems that the London Slam for the 2021 edition can accommodate spectators for at least 25% of the total capacity.
The real novelty, however, is another and it is much more important since it kills one of the most untouchable traditions of a tournament that, historically and culturally, is most attached to them. In fact, in 2021 there will be the last ‘Middle Sunday’ without tennis in the tournament.
From next year – the year in which the Center Court will celebrate its centenary – therefore, it will also be played on the central Sunday of the two London weeks. No more “Manic Monday”, therefore, with the round of 16 that will be spread over two days.
In the history of the tournament only on four occasions has it been necessary to play the matches in the middle sunday: 1991, 1997, 2004 and 2016. Roger Federer’s coach Ivan Ljubicic recently provided an update on the 20-time Major champion.
Ljubicic revealed that Federer is ‘doing well’ ahead of his return at next month’s Geneva Open, while also asserting that the 39-year-old and his camp still harbor ambitions of winning big titles.
Ljubicic discusses Roger Federer’s chance in 2021
“Roger Federer is doing very well, he is set to be back in Geneva,” Ivan Ljubicic said.
“In Doha he showed he is still able to achieve something, so we are confident. Hopefully he can play many matches to find rhythm again. We want to win big titles.” Wimbledon is currently scheduled to draw to a close on 11 July.
And given that Federer harbors hopes of making a deep run there, he likely isn’t planning to play any event between Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics. The Olympics – which are still in massive doubt owing to a fresh surge in COVID-19 cases in Japan – is scheduled for a 24 July start.