Tim Henman is looking forward to returning to Wimbledon after a difficult year.
Tim Henman agrees that staging Wimbledon this year has been difficult, but that the thrill of its comeback outweighs the difficulties.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Championships were canceled, making it the first time since World War II that they were not on the sporting calendar.
This year’s version will take place in just over a week, but it will be a completely different competition, with spectator capacity now set at 25% and all players compelled to enter a bubble that forces them to remain in a designated hotel.
“I was at Wimbledon on Wednesday and it was great to see the courts looking immaculate as ever, some of the stands surrounding the outside courts going up, the flowers coming into full bloom,” Henman, who is on the Wimbledon board, told the PA news agency. There is a palpable sense of impending doom.
“The minimalized risk environment and living in a bubble is quite tough for both Queen’s and Wimbledon; the players are so used to renting a house for a month around Wimbledon.
“Now they have to stay in a hotel, and there are other obstacles in terms of testing and other issues.
“Having said that, the players will be overjoyed to be able to compete again, and the grass court season is such a beautiful time.”
The All England Club hoped to admit more spectators than they had planned, but a lot would depend on the Government’s announcement on Monday about the further relaxing of restrictions on June 21.
“It is what it is,” Henman added. I have vivid memories of attempting to control the controllables. It is pointless to be concerned about something that is beyond your control.
“We’re all waiting to see what will be stated on Monday, and we’re crossing our fingers. There will undoubtedly be some challenges for Wimbledon in 2021, but everyone is ecstatic that it is taking place.”
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