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Wimbledon 2021: A reduced capacity expected as Cheltenham resident Dan Evans looks to pass the summer Grand Slam’s third round

Hope is growing that this summer’s Wimbledon Championships will be able to go ahead in front of reduced capacity crowds, organisers have revealed.

Cheltenham resident and world number 34 Dan Evans has never progressed beyond the competition’s third round, but is expected to compete once again when it starts on 28 June.

Tournament organisers have said they would react to evolving circumstances which may result in an increase or decrease in numbers allowed in the grounds.

The overall attendance for the 2019 Wimbledon event – the last to be held – was 500,397 over the 13 days.

Evans, who was knocked out of the 2021 Australian Open by fellow Brit Cameron Norrie, will be hoping that fans will once again be allowed back in to cheer him on to make the most of the home advantage.

However, the organisers of the summertime event did not want to specify how many tickets would initially be on sale.

A statement from Wimbledon added: “We want to ensure that we can leave decisions on public capacity as late as we can in order to welcome the maximum number of guests, and manage our ticket distribution accordingly.”

Whatever happens though, the infamous ‘Wimbledon queue’ will not be seen as all tickets will be made available and sold online in June and re-selling of tickets within the grounds has been banned this year.

“Both the queue and ticket resale remain much-loved and important traditions and we look forward to their return in 2022,” added the statement.

Wimbledon also announced that it will be a “mandatory requirement” of entry for players, their supporting staff and the officials to stay in regulated hotels rather than private housing.

The regular ‘legends’ invitational doubles will also be absent in the summer.

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