Wimbledon hope vaccine passports will allow 20,000 crowds

Wimbledon chiefs hope vaccine passports and end of lockdown will double the daily amount of available tickets to 20,000… as French Open increase daily crowds to 5,000 and move to 11pm curfew

  • Attendance at the French Open will be boosted to 5,000 fans on Wednesday
  • All England Club waiting to hear if they will be part of vaccine passport system
  • Health certification will be required for fans at the European Championship 
  • Wimbledon doesn’t start until June 28, a week after scheduled end of lockdown 

Attendance at the French Open will be boosted to 5,000 fans with the introduction of vaccine passports, while Wimbledon is waiting to see if the same will be necessary later this month.

Health certification will be required for fans attending early matches at football’s European Championship, with the tournament beginning on Friday and England’s opening match at Wembley two days later.

Wimbledon does not start until June 28, a week after the Government is planning to end Covid restrictions.

Wimbledon is waiting to see if they will need to use vaccine passports for the Championships

Attendance at this year’s French Open in Paris will be boosted to 5,000 fans on Wednesday

Sources at the All England Club said they are having to wait for the Westminster verdict on whether to fully reopen on June 21, before knowing if they would be part of any vaccine passport system.

At present the Championships are expected to operate at 25 per cent capacity of 10,000 spectators but are on standby to double the amount of available tickets if restrictions are eased.

Roland Garros, which is moving to an 11pm curfew, will see Coco Gauff try to reach her first Grand Slam semi-final.

Tuesday saw an unlikely pair of semi-finalists emerge on the other side of the women’s draw, which included Slovenia’s former national junior snowboarding champion Tamara Zidansek. 

The 23-year-old world No 85 has hitherto been almost unknown in tennis but she made it through after beating Spain’s Paula Badosa 7-5, 4-6, 8-6.

Tamara Zidansek, the world No 85, claimed a hard-fought 7-5 4-6 8-6 win over Paula Badosa

‘I chose tennis because I was really cold snowboarding, I really don’t like cold weather at all,’ said a disbelieving Zidansek.

‘It was fun to do at first but then I saw the opportunity to make something out of tennis so I just went for it.’

She will now meet Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the world No 32, who beat Serena Williams’s conqueror Elena Rybakina 6-7, 6-2, 9-7. 

Alex Zverev became the first man into the last four when he beat Spain’s Alejandro Fokina 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 – he will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals, after the Greek beat second seed Daniil Medvedev in straight sets.  

Britain’s Joe Salisbury and partner Desirae Krawczyk have reached the mixed doubles final

Britain’s Joe Salisbury is through to his third Grand Slam final, this time in the mixed doubles, without having to hit a ball.

He and American partner Desirae Krawczyk were given a walkover when Juan Sebastian Cabal in the opposing team pulled out injured. In the final the Anglo-American duo will meet Russians Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev.

At the Nottingham Open, Jo Konta beat Holland’s Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove 6-1, 6-3 to make the third round in her first outing of the grass season. It was a timely morale boost for the British No 1, who had not won a tour match since the start of May.

Meanwhile, Wimbledon champion Simona Halep on Tuesday signalled she is ready to defend her title after missing Roland Garros with a calf injury, and will return at this month’s grass-court Bad Homburg Open in Germany.




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