No 2020 Wimbledon would be a hard pill to swallow: John Isner

NY: John Isner who won the longest tennis party for three days at Wimbledon in 2010, he says it will be a difficult pill to swallow if this year's event is canceled.

Tournament officials are soon awaiting a decision on whether or not they can organize the classic event at the All England Club as planned from June 29, postpone or cancel it entirely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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We hope they are somewhat optimistic about playing the event this year, Isner told ESPN on Tuesday. I would love to hear some optimism from them.

But with tournament timing crucial due to grass condition and weather, Isner has already started to ponder a year without Wimbledon.

We may have to come to grips with the fact that we may not be playing Wimbledon this year, Isner said. It's going to be a tough pill to swallow.

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Isner, the 21st highest-ranked American player in the ATP ranking, defeated Frenchman Nicolas Mahut after more than 11 hours of playing time spread over three days in the epic first-round affair, taking the fifth set marathon 70- 68.

Wimbledon sort of has to be played this (same) time of year, Isner said. With that surface, the event, it seems, has to be played this time and there's a good chance it won't be.

The French Open was postponed from its original start on May 24 and was scheduled for Paris red clay from September 20 to October 4.

That kicks off just a week after the scheduled US Open men's final date.