ATP 2021: Will we see the return of Wimbledon next season?

Delight amongst tennis fans as the All England Lawn Tennis Club confirms a 2021 Wimbledon Championships will take place in some capacity on the ATP Tour next year.

The AELTC, through their various social media accounts, confirmed that a 2021 Wimbledon Championships will go ahead with three possible scenarios in mind.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 14: General view of Centre Court in the Men’s Singles final between Roger Federer of Switzerland and Novak Djokovic of Serbia during Day thirteen of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

A full capacity tournament is what everyone hopes for by next summer. The image of a packed Henman Hill (or Murray Mound for some of you) is one of hopes and dreams. In reality though, Wimbledon may not have the luxury of such an event.

Spectators on Murray Mount (Henman Hill) watch a big screen showing US player Cori Gauff playing against Slovenia's Polona Hercog during their women's singles third round match on the fifth day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 5, 2019. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Spectators on Murray Mount (Henman Hill) watch a big screen showing US player Cori Gauff playing against Slovenia’s Polona Hercog during their women’s singles third round match on the fifth day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 5, 2019. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

A reduced capacity Championships seems to be the more likely scenario. This would mean a limited number of tickets would be sold to the public to ensure a covid-safe venue is maintained at SW19. Although the sight of empty seats on Centre Court would be difficult to see, it would be a whole lot worse to see completely empty stadiums.

One thing for sure is that the AELTC will do all they can to put on the best possible event in the situation they are dealt with.

“The priority for this next year is on delivering a safe and secure Championships” Sally Bolton, Chief Executive of the AELTC said to Sports Pro Live

This bodes well for tennis fans all around the world.

A behind closed doors Championships is certainly not out of the equation either. With the amount of uncertainty the world is living in currently, this type of event cannot be ruled out by the AELTC. The sporting world has been riddled with behind closed doors events over the past several months. The two Battle of the Brits events held at the National Tennis Centre in London took this stance earlier in the summer.

To viewers watching on TV it might appear that the tournaments of this nature are void. However, it still takes a large operations team to put on events like this. Especially when putting on one of the leading events on the sporting calendar.

By Wimbledon 2021, it is expected that 8-time champion Roger Federer will be back competing among the world’s best. British hearts are hoping for Andy Murray to make his return to the Wimbledon men’s singles draw having only played the doubles events in the 2019 Championships.

Fans or no fans, Wimbledon 2021 will be a blast. There is no doubt that the Wimbledon team will put on a showpiece to remember.