The most prestigious tennis tournament in the world is completely canceled for the first time since the Second World War.
3 months before the planned start, the end is officially sealed: Wimbledon 2020 falls into the water. The 134th edition of the Grand Slam tournament on Church Road cannot take place due to the coronavirus pandemic. The organizers announced this on Wednesday after a crisis meeting.
The classic lawn in London should have been staged between June 29 and July 12. Now the tournament, which has been held since 1877, does not take place for the first time since the Second World War.
Postponement is not an option
A move like the French Open, which will be held from September 20, would have been much more complicated in Wimbledon due to the surface. The lawn quickly becomes slippery in damp and low temperatures. In addition, only the two main courts have lockable roofs and floodlights.
“We didn’t make the decision easy,” said Ian Hewitt, chairman of the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Preparations for the summer event should have started soon. The organizers said they had to act responsibly to protect the large number of people required to prepare from risks.
Interruption extended: no lawn tournaments
Due to the corona virus pandemic, it is also unclear when the tour will start again. At the same time as the Wimbledon cancellation, it was announced that the ATP and WTA tours will extend their breaks until July 13. The entire lawn season is canceled.
The men affected include Stuttgart, Halle and Queen’s, for example the tournaments in Birmingham and Eastbourne were planned for the women.
Roger Federer, who is currently recovering from knee surgery, would have wanted to return on the tour after the lawn season. The Wimbledon record winner would be almost 40 years old at the 2021 event on Church Road – but wrote on Instagram in response to the cancellation: “I can’t wait to come back next year!”