The Daily Telegraph - Business : 2020-06-29

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10 The Daily Telegraph Monday 29 June 2020 *** Sport Tennis TENNIS CORRESPOND­ENT Zverev adds to Djokovic shame German breaks self-isolating vow that he had tested negative for Covid-19, adding that he would “follow selfisolat­ing guidelines advised by my doctors”. The Adria Tour event has been linked to positive tests by four leading players, including Djokovic. The aftershock­s from Novak Djokovic’s Adria Tour event continued after Germany’s world No 7 Alexander Zverev was caught on camera dancing at a beach restaurant near Monaco. It is only six days since Zverev announced Simon Briggs Wimbledon 2021 will not be able to insure against new pandemic lished accounts – to get away without slashing budgets too alarmingly. But Lewis confirmed that the same trick could not be performed next summer. “That’s impossible in the current climate,” he explained. “When I started in 2012, there were signs that things were not insurable, because of communicab­le diseases like Sars and swine flu. “In the immediate aftermath, you can’t get insurance, but fairly soon, the market returns. So, there won’t be insurance next year.” Wimbledon’s turnover would normally be in excess of £250million. A long-term agreement with insurance companies involved in the claim, and we’re probably about a third of the way through. It will take two or three months to work through, but I’m optimistic that the surplus will be pretty well protected and the impact will be somewhat minimised.” The recent fiasco of Novak Djokovic’s Adria Tour underlines what can go wrong, but Lewis hopes that responsibl­e behaviour will be the norm by the time next year’s Wimbledon comes around. “I am sure by this time next year, people will be much more into the new normal,” Lewis said. By Simon Briggs Next year’s Wimbledon will not be protected by pandemic insurance, according to outgoing chief executive Richard Lewis. The All England Club’s imperturba­ble image has scarcely been dented by the cancellati­on of this year’s tournament – which would have started today – thanks to the foresight of those who spent a seven-figure sum on an insurance package against communicab­le disease. This investment should also allow the Lawn Tennis Associatio­n – which received £52million from the All England Club in its last pubby No entry: Wimbledon is not starting today the LTA states that, after operating costs and facility investment, 90 per cent of the annual surplus is forwarded into British tennis. Lewis added: “There are over 10

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