Wimbledon has been cancelled for the first time since World War 2 due to Coronavirus. With the tournament set to begin on 29th June, and end on 12th July, this season has now been cancelled, with no professional tennis anywhere in the world, until at least 13th July.
Ian Hewitt, All England Lawn Tennis Club chairman, stated “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 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.”
2006 Wimbledon champion took to her Twitter to state “I think we are going to have to draw a line under the 2020 tennis season. No vaccine = no tennis.”
This is the latest sporting event to be cancelled, with Tokyo Olympics also having been postponed for a year.