Published: Wed, April 01, 2020
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Wimbledon cancelled due to coronavirus: organisers

Wimbledon cancelled due to coronavirus: organisers

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.

Eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer surely spoke for many with a one-word message on Twitter: "Devastated".

"Definitely a tough one to take, with the announcement of the cancellation of Wimbledon this year", she said in a tweeted statement.

Wimbledon 2020 Tennis Championships has been canceled. "And it means I have even longer to look forward to defending my title".

"While in some ways this has been a challenging decision, we strongly believe it is not only in the best interests of society at this time, but also provides certainty to our colleagues in worldwide tennis given the impact on the grass court events in the United Kingdom and in Europe and the broader tennis calendar", AELTC chief executive Richard Lewis said.

"At this time, tournaments taking place from July 13, 2020 onwards are still planning to proceed as per the published schedule", a joint statement from the three governing bodies said.

"The USTA is carefully monitoring the rapidly changing environment surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, and is preparing for all contingencies". "The tourney is first week of July. patience is a virtue".

Murray, a Wimbledon men's doubles finalist in 2015 and a two-time mixed doubles champion, said postponing the tournament presented a series of hurdles, including shorter evenings.

But the conditions required to play on grass means fans will have to make do for a year without Wimbledon for the first time since 1945.

Federer and Serena will be almost 40 by the time of the 2021 championships and Venus will be 41.

The French Open, originally due to be held from 24 May - 7 June has been postponed and controversially rescheduled by the French tennis federation for 20 September to 4 October, shortly after the end of the U.S. Open.

Regular day-to-day life has come to a halt in many ways in many parts of the world in recent weeks, and sports has reflected that.

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