Next years Wimbledon will go ahead, with or without fans. That has been confirmed by the All-England Club, organisers of the grass court Grand Slam.
This years event was cancelled for the first time since the Second World War because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the other two Grand Slams around it in the calendar did proceed, albeit in different circumstances.
The US Open was played entirely behind closed doors, whilst Roland Garros, which was pushed back from its traditional stime slot of late May to the end of September did have some fans in attendance, but not as many as organisers had hoped for initially.
Both tournaments were conducted within a bio-secure bubble.
Now the All-England Club have announced that three different scenarios are under consideration for next year a full-capacity event, reduced numbers, or staging it with no spectators at all.
Next years event will take place between June 28th and July 11th.
They have said that they are already working with the British government and public health authorities to understand the challenges involved in staging the iconic championships in the middle of a pandemic, and that there number one priority is the health and safety off All key stakeholders.
They include the players, staff, and members of the public.
In the interim, Wimbledon has been working in partnership with local communities to provide 200 hot meals a day to needy households in the run up to Christmas.
In excess of 750, 000 has been donated to charities and good causes, and 30,000 of the famous Wimbledon towels which were intended for use at this years tournament have also been donated to these in need.
The 2019 singles champions = Novak Djokovic in the mens and Simona Halep in the womens will both be hoping to defend their titles, having held on to them for two years.