Good news for Wimbledon fans - 14 days of continuous tennis announced for 2021 as mid-event break cancelled

Bethan Rose Jenkins
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Photo credit: Mike Hewitt - Getty Images
Photo credit: Mike Hewitt - Getty Images

Wimbledon will now run for 14 days continuously, without a day of rest in the middle of the tournament, as was tradition.

The All England Club announced that the middle Sunday during the event will no longer be a break in the competition, which returns 28 June this summer.

The day of rest was usually used to preserve the courts, but this is reportedly no longer necessary due to changes in the way the grass is cared for, according to The Guardian.

Having a set break for a full day in the middle of the tournament made it more difficult to arrange scheduling, particularly if needing to allow for bad weather conditions.

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

Last year’s event was unable to take place at all due to the pandemic, which meant huge losses for the All England Club. However, Wimbledon is set to return this year with the relevant social distancing and necessary measures in place to ensure the tournament can run smoothly.

This means that the capacity for Wimbledon 2021 will be no more than around 25%. Tickets for the competition are always popular but the low capacity this year will mean they are likely to be in particularly high demand.

Tickets are expected to go on sale in June, with the event starting at the end of the month on Monday 28 June.

The event will run for two full weeks, meaning uninterrupted tennis to enjoy for the full 14 days, whether you manage to get there in person or follow the coverage from home.

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