Wimbledon confirms play on Middle Sunday in 2022

The grass court Grand Slam has announced its plans for 2022, including a big change for the schedule

Wimbledon men's final in 2021 Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini (Panoramic)

Wimbledon will take place over 14 scheduled days in 2022 for the very first time – with a full order of play on Middle Sunday.

“It has never been more important for sports events to be proactively taking steps to enhance their accessibility, in order to reach broader and more diverse audiences,” the tournament confirmed in a statement. “Introducing an extra day to our schedule, on a Sunday, will enable us to do this at this important time.

“It also allows us to provide greater resilience to the tournament programme. By adding the Middle Sunday, we can spread the fourth round matches over two days in line with the other Grand Slams, and we have also taken the opportunity to make some additional changes to enhance the second week for our competitors, guests, partners and fans around the world.”

2022 marks the 135th edition of the tournament, and 100 years at its current location in SW19. Middle Sunday will also be the date of a special ceremony celebrating these landmarks.

The tournament organisers also hope to return to a more normal ticket distribution process following 2020’s cancellation and the pandemic-induced restrictions for 2021. There will be no public ballot for tickets, but the famous Queue will return for on-the-day sales.

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