As expected, The Championships have been cancelled and as a consequence, all the preliminary tournaments leading up to Wimbledon have also been abandoned for the season.
This is a decision that we have not taken lightly, and we have done so with the highest regard for public health and the well-being of all those who come together to make Wimbledon happen, Ian Hewitt,
The decision was reached at the AELTC following an emergency Board meeting today.
The Championships were scheduled to be held from June 29 to July 12. They have been played every year aside from during the two World Wars and will be the first time it hasn’t been played in peacetime since 1877.
“This is a decision that we have not taken lightly, and we have done so with the highest regard for public health and the well-being of all those who come together to make Wimbledon happen,” Ian Hewitt, the All-England Club Chairman, said in a statement.
“It has weighed heavily on our minds that the staging of The Championships has only been interrupted previously by World Wars but, following thorough and extensive consideration of all scenarios, we believe that it is a measure of this global crisis that it is ultimately the right decision to cancel this year’s Championships, and instead concentrate on how we can use the breadth of Wimbledon’s resources to help those in our local communities and beyond. Our thoughts are with all those who have been and continue to be affected by these unprecedented times.”
Cancellation of the grasscourt swing of the tour leaves the tours in confusion with the season now postponed until the 13th of July, albeit that could still change with the possibility of the whole tour being suspended, as Amelie Mauresmo believes.
The French Open has been pushed back, from May to September 20-Oct. 4, but the US Open still expects to play as expected from Aug. 24 through Sept. 13.
Roger Federer’s reaction was not surprising. “Devastated” the eight-time champion tweeted on learning the news.
The cancellation of Wimbledon could mean Federer may well have made his last appearance at The Championships. It might also mean the same for the Williams sisters bearing in mind that Federer and Serena Williams will be 40 and Venus Williams one year older.
Meanwhile defending champion Simona Halep was also quick to tweet her reaction.
“So sad to hear @Wimbledon won’t take place this year,” she said. “Last year’s final will forever be one of the happiest days of my life! But we are going through something bigger than tennis and Wimbledon will be back! And it means I have even longer to look forward to defending my title.”