New Delhi: The 2020 edition of the Wimbledon Championships has been officially cancelled. This was announced by organisers All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC).
The tournament will now be held from 28 June to 11 July in 2021.
It is with great regret that the AELTC has today decided that The Championships 2020 will be cancelled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic.
The 134th Championships will instead be staged from 28 June to 11 July 2021.https://t.co/c0QV2ymGAt
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) April 1, 2020
The premier tennis Grand Slam tournament has been scrapped off the calendar for the 1st time since World War II even as the novel coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the global sporting schedule.
Top tennis players Roger Federer and Serena Williams expressed their disappointment on Twitter after All England Club (AELTC) and the Committee of Management of The Championships cancelled Wimbledon 2020.
The 2020 Wimbledon held special importance for veterans of the games like Roger Federer and Serena Williams, who are in the twilight of their glorious career.
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) April 1, 2020
I’m Shooked https://t.co/dS0cNcCdm0
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) April 1, 2020
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza, who won the women’s doubles title of 2015 Wimbledon with former world number 1 Martina Hingis also expressed her sadness.
— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) April 1, 2020
Earlier, Wimbledon was cancelled in 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918 and then in 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945.
It also said that it has taken into account the impact of the cancellation on “those who rely on The Championships -– including the players and the tennis community in Britain and around the world,” and are developing plans to support those groups. “This also applies to our loyal staff, to whom we take our responsibility very seriously,” said the AELTC.
Earlier, it was announced by the French Tennis Federation that the French Open will be held from September 20 to October 4.
The Wimbledon thus joins a long list of major sports events that have been cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic which includes the 2020 Tokyo Olympics which will now be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021