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Roger Federer and the other top tennis stars playing at Wimbledon this year are set to be given preferential treatment in their bid for glory at the Grand Slam. Having been cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 edition of the tournament is set to look very different to normal.
The competition will begin on 28 June, with the final on 11 July to crown the successors to 2019 singles champions Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep.
But with the pandemic still far from over, the tournament’s organisers, the All England Club, are will make several changes to make sure it is safe.
One of those changes is a limit on crowds, with competition chiefs recently announcing that they hope to open to 25 per cent capacity.
The traditional rest day has also been scrapped, while players will be expected to stay in a Covid-secure bubble hotel for the duration of the tournament.
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That is instead of staying in private houses around SW19, with the hotel selected being the Park Plaza in Westminster.
Seeded singles players are set to be given preferential treatment at the hotel, with the Daily Mail reporting that they will be given the 63 suites, which have views of major landmarks.
That means the lower ranked players will be handed more ordinary rooms for the duration of their stay.
The Mail claim that this is seen as the fairest way to allocate rooms when players begin arriving for the tournament by the All England Club.
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While the UK is opening up from lockdown, with most restrictions set to be scaled back before the tournament gets underway, the players will be required to stay at the hotel.
As a result, the players will be forced to make a return journey of an hour-and-a-half to and from Wimbledon each day.
But there is reportedly a desire to create as flexible environment for the players as possible.
In light of that, the players are likely to be able to handed exceptions to the restrictions on their entourage.
It is stated that their children will be allowed to stay with them once Wimbledon gets underway, as well as two team members.
While this is not yet confirmed, the All England Club remain in talks with the UK Government to grant the exception.
To help the players with their planning for the tournament, this message has been passed onto them, with a spokesperson for the All England Club revealing planning is well under way.
“Player registration for the hotel has now opened and we are working through this based on the varying requirements of the player groups,” they said.
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