Wimbledon May Be Postponed Or Canceled Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

Tanya Simon
March 26, 2020

Wimbledon officials will consult the LTA, ATP, WTA, ITF - the respective governing bodies of British, men's, women's and global tennis - as well as all three other grand slam organisers - before making a final decision.

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.

The ATP and WTA announced the suspension of the men's and women's tours until June 7, just three weeks before Wimbledon is due to begin.

Organisers of the French Open angered tennis worldwide administrators and many players when they announced that they would shift their tournament from May to September due to the virus.

Roland Garros has already been moved back to start on September 20.

Novak Djokovic won Wimbledon in 2019.

"The single most important consideration is one of public health".

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The Grounds of the AELTC (including the Wimbledon Park Golf Club and Raynes Park) are now closed with operations reduced to the bare minimum to maintain the grass courts and site security.

The men's and women's tours are now suspended until June 7, which includes the entire clay-court campaign.

A source told ESPN earlier Wednesday that the end of April, eight weeks before the start of the qualifying event, was the likely cutoff for an announcement, but All England Club CEO Richard Lewis said a decision is imminent.

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

AELTC Chief, Richard Lewis claimed in a declaration: "The unmatched difficulty offered by the COVID-19 dilemma proceeds to impact our lifestyle in manner ins which we cannot have actually pictured, and also our ideas are with all those influenced in the United Kingdom and also around the globe".

"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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