The sport is currently in a transition phase. Tennis in a world of pandemics is uncertain, just like restaurants, schools and supermarkets. Wimbledon's return is welcome.
Even though declaring the pandemic over on the basis of declining death rates may not seem like the right measure, people are still willing to move on. Although there was no discussion about the cancellation of the tournament, several players expressed concern at having to play in front of empty seats for the second year. Although the Wimbledon footprint is small, the popularity of the grounds has grown to a great extent. However, proof of vaccination or a negative test must be provided within 48 hours. Despite spikes in South America, India, and the U.K.'s vaccination rates, Wimbledon's capacity will be reduced to 50% for the fortnight. The finals will see the capacity increase to 100% for both men's and ladies' title matches.
Europe's soccer championships will be played in different capacities across the continent. This strategy feels premature because tennis is a sport that is played indoors and in close quarters, unlike soccer. The decision to participate or not to participate in a soccer match is an emotionally charged one. It is important to examine the mental toll of the 4 million deaths around the globe and to stop politicizing it.