Wimbledon eliminating off day in move to 14-day event in ’22

Jul 4, 2019; London, United Kingdom; General view of Court 3 during the Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) and John Isner (USA) match on day four at the All England Lawn and Croquet Club. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Wimbledon will eliminate the off day that falls on the middle Sunday beginning in 2022, The All England Lawn Tennis Club announced Tuesday.

It was also announced that Wimbledon 2021 will welcome fans back to 25 percent capacity.

“Thanks to improved grass-court technology and maintenance over the past five years or so and other measures, we are comfortable that we are able to look after the courts, most particularly Centre Court, without a full day of rest,” chairman Ian Hewitt said.

“Manic Monday” Round 16 matches will now be spread over two days, beginning next year.

The tournament inserted an off day on the middle Sunday in the event that rain forced the tourney to get caught up.

Last year’s Wimbledon was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic but organizers are confident in having fans back in 2021.

“We very much hope 25 percent is a minimum position from which we can build — it is our absolute desire to enable as many people as possible to safely attend The Championships this year,” chief executive Sally Bolton said Tuesday.

There will also be a minimized risk environment during the fortnight for players, officials and staff, with everyone staying in the official hotel and using official transportation.

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–Field Level Media