That’s a suite deal! Wimbledon gives the best players plum rooms at the upscale Park Plaza hotel and kids are welcome in the bubble too … but lesser-known stars have to make do with lower quality accommodation
- The best tennis players in the world stay in luxurious surroundings during Wimbledon
- The 63 suites of the enormous Park Plaza hotel are destined for placed stars
- Those with a lower ranking will be allocated more regular rooms in the hotel
- Australian Open had the same set-up and some lower-ranked players were outraged
The leading stars at Wimbledon will be offered the best rooms in the bubble hotel this year, and those with families are expected to bring their children.
In accordance with government guidelines, all participants must stay in official accommodation near Westminster – rather than private homes closer to SW19.
The 63 suites in the massive Park Plaza hotel, complete with views over London landmarks such as the Palace of Westminster, are already reserved for the seeded singles, while the lower ranks have been relegated to the more ordinary rooms.
Top stars will get lavish suites at the Park Plaza hotel at Wimbledon this year
Roger Federer and the singles seeded will have the best rooms in the hotel
The huge hotel will be home to the world’s foremost tennis players this summer
According to All England Club sources, this is considered the fairest way to allocate players when players start moving next month.
And good news for the likes of Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic: exceptions will likely be made to impose restrictions when it comes to people with children.
Last week, the Lawn Tennis Association sent a briefing message to players as to what to expect in pre-Wimbledon tournaments at venues such as Queen’s and Eastbourne.
Exceptions are likely to be made for those with children, such as Serena Williams (center), pictured here with her husband Alexis Ohanian (left) and daughter Olympia (right)
Players can enjoy views of the city with landmarks such as the London Eye
These events, hosted by the LTA, do not allow players to bring children, in accordance with government guidelines that do not exempt accompanying offspring from self-isolation after arriving from overseas, unlike those considered key support personnel.
But Wimbledon, which operates separately, is in talks with the Digital, Culture, Media and Sports division to ensure that those playing the championships alone can bring their children and two team members.
That message has been passed on to players to facilitate their planning. Williams will likely be particularly pleased, as her participation in the Olympics is questionable as she doesn’t want to be separated from her daughter Olympia.
At the Australian Open, lower-ranked players complained about their treatment as opposed to the higher-ranked stars and were forced to stay at a different hotel for a tougher lockdown.
The Lawn Tennis Association has sent players information about what to expect
A spokesperson for the All England Club said: “Player registration for the hotel is now open and we are working on this based on the different requirements of the player groups.”
The desire is to create as much flexibility for players as possible within certain limits. There is no doubt that someone will be allowed to stay outside of the official accommodation, even if the land opens fully on June 21 – a week before the start of the main draw.
Players will have to make an hour and a half return journey to the tennis courts each day and must stay within the ‘minimum risk environment’.
The players have to travel for an hour and a half round trip from the hotel to the courts
This year’s edition of the Championships will certainly feel different from previous tournaments