Wimbledon 2020: Tennis Tournament Cancelled Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

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The Championships have become the fourth major sporting event to be cancelled.

This years Wimbledon Championships have been cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

For the first time since World War Two, there will be no tennis taking place at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

The tournament was scheduled to take place between June 29-July 12. The cancellation of Wimbledon now means that the whole grass-court season has been abandoned and there is no professional tennis due to take place across the world until July 13 2020, at the earliest.

Following the announcement, Wimbledon has now become the fourth major sporting event to fall foul of COVID-19, following the year postponements of the Tokyo Olympic Games and Euro 2020. The French Open was also postponed earlier on this year, but they have already been rescheduled to take place from September 20-October 4, 2020.

 

Ian Hewitt, All England Lawn Tennis Club chairman, said:

“This is a decision that we have not taken lightly, and we have done so with the highest regard for public health and the wellbeing of all those who come together to make Wimbledon happen.

“It has weighed heavily on our minds that the staging of the Championships has only been interrupted previously by World Wars but, following thorough and extensive consideration of all scenarios.

“We believe that it is a measure of this global crisis that it is ultimately the right decision to cancel this year’s Championships, and instead concentrate on how we can use the breadth of Wimbledon’s resources to help those in our local communities and beyond.

“Our thoughts are with all those who have been and continue to be affected by these unprecedented times.”