Wimbledon 2020 Will Be Canceled Over Coronavirus, Official Says

01 Avril, 2020, 15:23 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Wimbledon

Organizers have already chose to cancel Wimbledon-"no doubt about it"-and will make the formal announcement in days, Hordorff said in comments published by German Tennis Magazine".

Were Wimbledon to be canceled, it would be the first time since World War II that the grand slam will not have been staged.

The vice-president of the German tennis federation Dirk Hordorff believes that Wimbledon will be postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and took a dig at the French Tennis Federation (FTF) for shifting the French Open to the autumn, AFP reported.

Tournament organizer the All England Club (AELTC) will hold an emergency meeting Wednesday and is expected to make a final decision on the grand slam event, which is set to begin on June 29.

"I'm part of the board for the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) and WTA (Women's Tennis Association)".

"The necessary decisions have already been made there and Wimbledon will decide to cancel the following Wednesday".

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The grass-court Grand Slam reportedly ruled out staging the tournament without fans.

Earlier this month, Roland Garros announced it will reschedule from its standard May start date to a September 20th opening day-one week after the US Open ends.

The US Open at Flushing Meadows is then due to start on August 31 and finish September 13. "It's necessary in this situation".

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.

"It is completely unrealistic to imagine that with the travel restrictions that we now have an worldwide tennis tournament where hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world would travel", Hordorff said.

"Wimbledon has its own laws due to the lawn and the special lighting conditions", he said. "Of course, Wimbledon also has enough reserves to last for several years".

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