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Wimbledon 2021- Return Of The The Tennis "Ball"

(Topic created on: 12-07-2021 02:10 PM)
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Wimbledon 2021- RETURN OF THE TENNIS "BALL"

 

After a year’s absence it is great to see the hallowed lawns of SW19 in action again.  The championships were permitted to run as a test event with 50% capacity in the first week and it has now been confirmed there will be 100% capacity from the quarter finals onwards on the show courts.    Somewhat mixed feelings about this, though proof of double vaccinations or negative lateral flow test is required. 

 

Anyway whilst I have a guaranteed ticket for 2022 I decided it was too soon to be in crowds this time and did not try for tickets which were al being sold online.  All tickets had to be purchased in advance, the Wimbledon queue not in operation this time.  Anyone who has been watching on Tv may have thought it looked pretty full but  seats towards the back have been empty which I thought was a bit pointless.   However at these test events they are seeing how things go without social distancing.

How Ticketing works this year:  https://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/tickets/2021_tickets_faqs.html 

 

Anyway on to the Tennis!  The initial  story was of some absent players, noteably Rafael Nadal who failed this time to retain his French title(losing to Djokovic in the semis) decided to skip both the grass season and the Tokyo Olympics.  He felt the clay season has been exerting and after discussions with his team took this decision in order to extend his career.  Naomi Osaka after pulling out of The French after 1 round due to mental health reasons and her wish not to do press conferences (which created some controversy though many including myself felt she had sufficient support or understanding ) also decided she would not participate at Wimbledon but would be back for the Olympics.  Later on Dominic Thiem the current Us champion and Simona Halep the Wimbledon holder pulled out due to injury. https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/jun/17/rafael-nadal-decides-against-playing-wimbledon-tokyo-o...  On the eve of the Championships Johanna Konta was forced to pull out as one of her team tested positive for covid.

 

 

Usually quite a few players will rent houses rather than staying in a hotel but this time are having to remain in a bubble and all are required to stay in a Westminster hotel, even if they live in London.   Some information reported here https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/tennis/wimbledon-tennis-players-strict-coronavirus-bubble-park-plaz...

 

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Things not quite the same as the actual Wimbledon Ball (one of the traditions) was cancelled.  https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/wimbledon-champions-ball-cancelled-covid-restrictions-b944762...     That Raducanu prediction on the Euros did not quite work out.

Anyway think that about wraps it up.  Many of the  players (other than Nadal, not quite sure yet about Federer  will  be at the Olympics. Of course  bit of a downer now we have heard there will be no crowd at all.

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