Wimbledon canceled in 2020 due to coronavirus pandemic

LONDON: The Wimbledon the tennis championships were canceled for the first time since World War II as the coronavirus The pandemic wiped out another blue sporting event from the calendar on Wednesday.

While the decision had looked inevitable for some time, since the virtual shutdown of world sport and the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics, Wimbledon had been one of the few events not to have been officially canceled or postponed.

But after emergency talks between various stakeholders in recent days, the All England Lawn Tennis Club ( AELTC ) announced that it was impossible for the grass field Grand slam , scheduled for June 29 to July 12, to take place.

It is with great regret that the main board of the All England Club and the management committee of Championships have today decided that The Championships 2020 will be canceled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic, the AELTC said in a statement.

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The 134th Championship will be organized from June 28 to July 11, 2021.

The men's ATP Tour and women's WTA Tour have already been suspended until at least June 7, but it seems extremely unlikely that professional tennis will be possible throughout the summer as the pandemic worsens in Europe and the US. USA

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The death toll from the virus in Britain reached 2,352 on Wednesday, according to NHS figures.

The French Open, which was originally to be held from May 24 to June 7, has been postponed and controversially rescheduled by the French tennis federation from September 20 to October 20. 4, shortly after the end of the US Open. USA

Former Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo doubts whether either tournament will be played though.

I think we will have to draw a line in the 2020 tennis season, Mauresmo said on Twitter this week.

International circuit = players of all nationalities plus managers, spectators and people from the 4 corners of the world who bring these events to life. No vaccine = no tennis.

Unlike the French Open which is played on clay, Wimbledon 's scope for re-arranging the start date was extremely limited.

While Center Court and Court One have a roof, playing elite-level tennis outside on the grass would have been extremely challenging in late summer or fall with the lack of light and problems from surface dew formation at the end of the day.

Shortening the format of the tournament, or playing behind closed doors, would also have been extremely unpopular with players.

Wimbledon has been held every year since 1946 after a six-year hiatus because the country was at war.

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