The All England Club are desperate to make sure Roger Federer is able to compete at this year’s Wimbledon and an agreement is reportedly close to being made on ensuring the 20-time Grand Slam champion – and other top tennis stars – will not miss out. The 2021 tennis calendar is approaching an extremely busy period with just a few weeks separating the French Open and Wimbledon.
The Australian Open was struck with a number of issues amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
The tournament was forced to be postponed by three weeks with players having to quarantine in hotels.
Event organisers received backlash from many players who were unhappy with the way things were handled.
And it’s clear that Wimbledon officials are hoping to avoid a similar scenario this summer.
But The Times report that there is ‘deep concern’ about the prospect of facing a 10-day isolation period should a player have been in close contact with someone who tested position for Covid-19.
Some players will be travelling directly to the UK at the conclusion of the French Open on June 13, meaning they will have enough time before Wimbledon starts on June 28.
However, there are a number of grass-court tournaments taking place overseas, with Federer signed up for a lifetime contract with the Halle Open.
If the 39-year-old reached the final in Germany, the earliest he could arrive in the UK would be on June 20.
And if Federer was to be in close contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus, then he may well be forced to withdraw from the Grand Slam.
But the report states that British tennis officials are ‘close to finalising’ an agreement with the UK government to help prevent that from happening.
It is claimed that those competing at Wimbledon will be givern preferential treatment in their quarantine status.
Players will instead be likely to face extra testing with temporary restrictions in place on movement.