‘No guarantees on the numbers yet’ but Wimbledon will have crowds, says UK Minister for Sport

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He can’t yet say how many spectators will be allowed to attend Wimbledon, but UK Minister for Sport Nigel Huddleston has assured the public that fans will be allowed to watch this year’s grass-court Grand Slam in person.

After last year’s The Championships was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the All England Club has confirmed that this year’s tournament – scheduled for June 28 to July 11 – will go ahead, but stringent Covid-19 regulations will be in place.

The Lawn Tennis Association had also previously stated they were hopeful to stage Wimbledon in front of a reduced capacity, and Huddleston has all but assured that spectators will be allowed to watch.

Asked by Nick Ferrari on LBC today if there will be crowds at Wimbledon and the British Grand Prix, he replied: “If we can continue as we’re doing and proceed with the roadmap as planned, and as you’ve mentioned a couple of times this is a cautious but hopefully irreversible roadmap, then absolutely we should be having crowds.

“I can’t say how many, I can’t say under exactly what circumstances. We want to get back to full capacity as soon as possible, because actually that’s really important for the finances of the sector as well.

“We can open but unless we can open with large numbers we can’t open properly and therefore the entire sector is in jeopardy. Unless we can get the finances and the money flowing again, so we’re very aware of the importance of opening as great a capacity as possible.

“But I’m afraid I can’t give any guarantees on the numbers yet, that’s why the pilot programmes and the overall next steps are so important.”

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