WIMBLEDON is not going to be again to ‘regular’ till at the least 2022, warned the WTA president.
The Championships have been scrapped final yr because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Wimbledon is unlikely to be again to ‘regular’ earlier than 2022, WTA president Micky Lawler admittedCredit score: Getty Photos – Getty
However Micky Lawler reckons this summer season’s match – scheduled for June 28 to July 11 – may come round too rapidly for a daily fortnight in SW19.
She instructed the Mail on Sunday: “The most secure assumption is that the tour might be again to regular in 2022, however the purpose is to be versatile.
“Wimbledon is the Mecca, I discovered the toughest a part of final yr was lacking that.
“I feel it’s too quickly for Wimbledon to be absolutely regular [this summer], however I’m actually hoping that it is going to be as regular as potential.”
The LTA’s earnings dropped by 40 per cent in 2020 – round £30million – largely all the way down to the cancellation of Wimbledon and the favored warm-up occasion at Queen’s.
Wimbledon chiefs began planning for the staging of the grass-court Grand Slam in 2021 final autumn with three completely different potentialities into consideration.
The All England Membership mentioned in October: “We’re actively engaged in planning for subsequent yr’s Championships and are contemplating a number of operational situations at this cut-off date, provided that there are nonetheless many months till the Wimbledon Fortnight.
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“These situations fall into three broad classes: a full capability Championships, a reduced-capacity Championships, and a ‘behind-closed-doors’ Championships, all of that are depending on the standing of presidency and public well being pointers.”
Nevertheless, tennis’ instant focus switches to Australia the place the first Grand Slam of the year will be staged from February 8, three weeks later than usual.
Gamers making their solution to the nation must quarantine for two weeks.
They’re allowed to go away their resort rooms for a most of 5 hours per day, two of which could be spent coaching on the court docket with a delegated hitting accomplice.
British duo Andy Murray and Dan Evans have paired up however compatriot Kyle Edmund has withdrawn from the event due to an ongoing knee injury.
The All England Membership are getting ready for the situation of a behind-closed-doors Championships in 2021Credit score: AFP – Getty