Will the Wimbledon Championships 2022 Take Place?
By Ed C
Updated 30th November 2020
We look at how the pandemic affected Wimbledon in 2020 and 2021 and what is likely to happen in 2022.
What happened in 2020
In 2020, of the four grand slams, Wimbledon was the only grand slam tournament that was cancelled as a result of the pandemic. The cancellation marked the first time that Wimbledon has been cancelled during peacetime, and the first cancellation since World War II.
The Australian Open took place normally as the pandemic had not yet taken hold.
In March 2020, Roland Garros announced the postponement of The Tournament to the autumn as Europe entered lockdown. Roland Garros took place in the autumn to a vastly reduced number of spectators.
Shortly afterwards Wimbledon announced the cancellation of the 2020 Championships.
In June, the USTA announced that the US Open would take place during the normally scheduled dates but behind closed doors. Normally the US Open is the last grand slam tournament but in 2020 year it was Roland Garros.
Wimbledon's pandemic insurance
In 2020, Wimbledon was the only grand slam to have the benefit of special pandemic insurance.
Wimbledon had paid approximately £1.5 million for the previous 17 years and in the end, received a payment of approximately £174 million. Revenues from the 2019 Championships totalled £292m with more than half of that coming from broadcasting deals.
The US and French Opens did not have such cover, which is why they were so eager for their events to go ahead in 2020.
Pandemic insurance will not be available for Wimbledon for the foreseeable future, which is why Wimbledon was always likely to happen in the summer of 2021 in some form.
What happened in 2021?
The Australian Open was delayed but took place with strict health and safety measures for both the players and spectators. A number of days of the tournament were played with no spectators present.
Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open all took place with reduced capacity and additional health and safety measures.
What will happen at Wimbledon 2022?
If the unlikely event of the Pandemic affecting Wimbledon 2022, the Championships could take place in one of three forms:
- At full capacity
- At reduced capacity
- No capacity (i.e. behind closed doors like the US Open 2020)
Safety protocols are now well-established to host sports events with spectators.
In the event of the 2022 tournament taking place with reduced capacity, the AELTC is likely to prioritise seats for Wimbledon Debenture Ticket Holders.
Wimbledon 2022 is likely to be an exciting and memorable event with rising star Emma Raducanu and the possibility of Roger Federer or Andy Murray deciding to retire at The Championships.
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