Last week an emergency meeting of the AELTC (All England Lawn Tennis Club) board was announced for this week to decide on whether the 2020 edition of Wimbledon would take place.
It has been announced that for the first time since World War II the Wimbledon championships have been cancelled.
All events leading up until and including Wimbledon have also been cancelled and will be back in 2021 with no option to reschedule due to be playing on Grass.
There will be no play until at least July 13th but do expect that to be pushed back.
The worldwide pandemic of the Coronavirus has seen many sporting events cancelled and no tennis played on the WTA or ATP tour since early March and has been provisionally pushed back until the beginning of June.
The announcement from AELTC is pretty devastating but I hope it reminds people of the situation we are currently in right now and the seriousness of this outbreak.
Due to the nature of the event and weather conditions there just isn’t a spot in the calendar to rearrange, even if the event were to be moved back until the end of July (month delay) work will still need to begin in May if it were to be fully attended whilst AELTC had already ruled out playing behind closed doors.
Due to the timing of the tournament and the lack of availability to move the event around it is understood that Wimbledon in fact have pandemic insurance and will not be financially hit following the cancellation of this years event.
This decision is one that hasn’t been taking lightly and it was one that Chief Executive Richard Lewis said last week they would discuss with all the other parties too unlike Roland Garros.
A statement from Wimbledon:
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