Will COVID affect Wimbledon 2021?

In 2020, of the four grand slams, Wimbledon was the only grand slam tournament that was cancelled as a result of the coronavirus epidemic. The cancellation marks the first time that Wimbledon has been cancelled during peacetime, and the tournament’s first cancellation since World War II.

Grand Slams 2020

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 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 this year it was Roland Garros.

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 broadcast 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 is certain to happen in the summer of 2021 in some form.

What form could Wimbledon 2021 take?

Should Wimbledon 2021 take place it could take one of three forms:

  1. A full capacity
  2. A reduced capacity
  3. No capacity (i.e. behind closed doors)

In contrast to the 2020 events, safety protocols are now well-established to safely host sports events with spectators. With the imminent rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, option 3 is less likely.

In the event of the tournament taking place with reduced capacity, the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) is likely to prioritise Wimbledon debenture ticket holders, given their importance to the finances of The Championships.

Wimbledon 2021 is likely to be a memorable event given the pent up demand for top-tier tennis in the UK. If Roger Federer or Andy Murray decide to retire in 2021 it is likely to be at The Championships, Wimbledon.

How can Green and Purple help?

If you are a Wimbledon Debenture holder looking to sell tickets to Wimbledon 2021, we can help. Alternatively, if you wish to buy tickets to Wimbledon 2021, we currently have tickets available for all days of The Championships 2021.