Wimbledon's coronavirus fate to be determined at 'emergency meeting'

26 Mars, 2020, 06:28 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Wimbledon 2020: All England Club to make decision on event next week

"The AELTC can confirm that it is continuing a detailed evaluation of all scenarios for The Championships 2020, including postponement and cancellation, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak", it said in a statement.

Both the ATP and WTA tours are cancelled until June 8 at the earliest, while Roland Garros officials opted to shift the French Open from May to September.

An emergency meeting of the All England Club's main board has been scheduled for next week.

The All England Club is due to stage the grand slam from June 29, but the event is in doubt due to the ongoing global coronavirus crisis that has decimated the sporting calendar.

Organizers admit that a postponement is unlikely due to the nature of the surface of the grass court, while the idea of playing behind closed doors has been formally ruled out.

Novak Djokovic won Wimbledon in 2019.

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"We are working hard to bring certainty to our plans for 2020", said Richard Lewis CBE, AELTC Chief Executive.

"The unprecedented challenge presented by the Covid-19 crisis continues to affect our way of life in ways that we could not have imagined, and our thoughts are with all those affected in the United Kingdom and around the world", Lewis said.

All professional tennis is now suspended until the start of the grass-court season on June 7.

"The solitary crucial factor to consider is among public wellness, and also we are established to act properly with the choices we make".

"The reality is this is a rapidly evolving situation and there is no option other than to take this day-by-day and week-by-week".

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