Wimbledon to scrap middle Sunday rest day in 2022
Wimbledon, the UK’s grand slam tennis tournament, is to become a 14-day tournament with the introduction of matches on the middle Sunday starting next year.
The announcement, which came on Tuesday, will bring an end to the traditional rest day at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.
This year's tournament runs from 28 June to 11 July, with no matches on 4 July, the middle Sunday.
The AELTC has until now not scheduled play on the Sunday in order to maintain its famous grass courts but Wimbledon will now follow the other grand slams in not having a rest day.
Ian Hewitt, chairman of AELTC, said: “Thanks to improved grass court technology and maintenance over the past five years… we are comfortable that we are able to look after the courts, most particularly centre court, without a full day of rest.”
The change will come as a boost to broadcasters, including the BBC, which shows Wimbledon in the UK, and international broadcasters, all of which will be able to offer additional content from the tournament.
Meanwhile, as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, the organisers are hopeful of having spectators at this year's tournament, with a capacity of at least 25 per cent.
Last year's event was totally cancelled as a result of the pandemic.