Wimbledon to scrap center Sunday from 2022 and hopes for not less than 25% followers in 2021

Novak Djokovic with Wimbledon trophy

Novak Djokovic is the defending Wimbledon men’s singles champion

Wimbledon will abandon its traditional rest day on the middle Sunday of the tournament from 2022.

The Grand Slam will instead be played over 14 consecutive days, with All England Lawn Tennis Club chairman Ian Hewitt saying this was possible because of better grass-court maintenance.

Organisers also revealed they are hoping to have fans at a minimum of 25% capacity this year.

Ticket prices will stay at 2020 levels, with prize money yet to be decided.

“We plan to deliver the best Championships possible in accordance with public safety. It will necessarily be different from Wimbledon as we know it,” Hewitt said.

A ‘new tradition’ for Wimbledon

Wimbledon is the only one of the four Grand Slams where there is no play on the middle Sunday.

The rest day has meant that the Monday of the second week has always been very busy with all the men’s and women’s last-16 matches being held on the same day.

There has been play four times on the…