Published: Wed, April 01, 2020
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Wimbledon 2020 Will Be Canceled Over Coronavirus, Official Says

Wimbledon 2020 Will Be Canceled Over Coronavirus, Official Says

Wimbledon - one of the biggest sporting events in the world - was set to begin on June 29 in England.

German tennis federation vice-president Dirk Hordorff fueled speculation by telling Sky Sports Germany that the cancellation of Wimbledon has already been decided upon and would be revealed on Wednesday.

The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics opened up a two-week window in the tennis calendar in July and August, but it is not likely that would be feasible for Wimbledon, which has only two covered courts and can not be held past late summer.

That includes the Tokyo Olympics - which have been pushed back 12 months - and the NCAA men's and women's college basketball tournaments.

Specific insurance to cover for a disease pandemic such as the coronavirus means Wimbledon is in a good situation financially, and the Lawn Tennis Association would also still receive the usual surplus that makes up a huge chunk of its funding.

The controversial switch leaves the French Open starting a week after the US Open finishes, if that event retains its original slot in NY, which has been badly hit by the COVID-19 outbreak. The French Open has already made a decision to postpone this year's competition from May to September in the wake of coronavirus which has claimed over 33,000 lives across the world so far. Federer, who turns 39 in August, is now recovering from knee surgery and planned to return in time for the grass-court circuit.

In a statement issued last week, the AELTC said it had been evaluating all possible scenarios, including both postponement and cancellation, amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Organisers had earlier ruled out playing the Grand Slam behind closed doors and postponing the event would also create its own problems.

The tennis schedule already had been affected by the illness that has spread around the world, with about 20 tournaments postponed or canceled.

Lead-up tournaments in the short grass-court season are also likely to be scrapped following talks on Tuesday, understood to have involved Wimbledon chiefs and the game's governing bodies.

There are 22,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United Kingdom.

Hundreds of thousands of people have caught COVID-19, and thousands have died.

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