Wimbledon organizers have confirmed COVID-19 vaccination will not be mandatory for players at this year’s tournament and full capacity crowds will be welcomed back to watch the tournament, allowing world number one Novak Djokovic the chance to defend his title.
Djokovic is reigning champion at Wimbledon, having followed victories in 2011, 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019. The world No 1 was denied a chance to defend his Australian Open title in January due to his unvaccinated status with the Australian government deporting Djokovic after revoking his visa.
There will, however, be no space for Russian, or Belarusian players in the competition, with organizers banning them from competing at the historic London venue. This is because of Russia invasion of Ukraine in February and Belarus being a staunch Russian ally. It’s the first time since immediately after World War II that players were banned on the basis of nationality, when Germans and Japanese were barred.