The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) has announces the cancellation of the 2020 Championships at Wimbledon, due to the ongoing spread of the Coronavirus.
The AELTC in a statement cited “public health concerns” as its reason for the cancellation of the 134th Championships. The last time tennis’ most prestigious tournament failed to come off dates back to the World War years.
“This is a decision that we have not taken lightly, said Ian Hewitt, Chairman of the All England Club. “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.
Unlike the French Tennis Federation which took a unilateral decision to postpone the French Open to September, Wimbledon have made their decision in consultation with all the relevant stakeholders.
“We have appreciated the support of the LTA, and the ATP, WTA and ITF in coming to this decision, and our friends and partners who stage these grass court events that are so important in the build up to Wimbledon.” – Richard Lewis, CEO of AELTC.
Meanwhile, the ATP and WTA have jointly announced further suspension of the tennis tour. It affects all the grass court tournament prior to Wimbledon.
Wimbledon becomes the latest high profile sporting event to be cancelled this year. Golf’s Masters Tournament at Augusta, Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix and the Tokyo Olympic Games have all been called off.
The 134th Championships is now scheduled on 28th June to 11th July, 2021.