Wimbledon targets reduced capacity crowd By Reuters

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Wimbledon organizers have begun planning to host the Grand Slam event with reduced capacity, although other options are being discussed, The All England Club said Thursday. Other options for the tournament, which was canceled last year for the first time since 1945 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are to run without spectators or to host the event with a maximum number of fans present. Wimbledon is scheduled to run from June 28 to July 11. “Most of our planning focus is currently on the option of a reduced capacity Championship and how that would affect each stakeholder group, but we are not yet in a position to rule outside of any of the other scenarios,” he said the club in a statement. “Our aspiration is to organize the best possible championships, a reliable, best-practice and safe event, with the health and safety of all guests, staff and competitors as our top priority.” Britain has recorded more than 108,000 coronavirus-related deaths, the highest in Europe. “With five months to go to the Championship, we continue to develop our detailed scenario planning and work closely with the government and relevant public health authorities to stay abreast of the latest developments in the fight against coronavirus,” the club stated. “While the launch of the vaccination program in the (UK) is a very encouraging development, it is naturally too early to know how this will affect public attendance at major events in the UK.” Serbian Novak Djokovic won her second consecutive men’s title at the tournament in 2019, while Romanian Simona Halep won the women’s title. As for the other three Grand Slam tournaments, Australian Open organizers said the first major of the year will start as planned next Monday, and up to 30,000 daily spectators are expected in Melbourne Park for the two-week event. The US Open and the French Open were held last year, but with strict mandates to reduce the possible spread of the virus. No fans were allowed at Flushing Meadows in New York for the US Open, and Roland Garros limited daily attendance to 1,000 fans for the French Open. (Field-level media)

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