Wimbledon Championships 2020 cancelled because of Novel Coronavirus!
Roger Federer, eight-time champion, Tweeted:
The Wimbledon Championships are the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament and this is the first time in 75 years, since World War II, that this grand tournament has been cancelled.
Ian Hewitt, Club Chairman of Wimbledon Championships said:
“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.”
The Wimbledon Championship has been insured and there is a clause in the insurance which covers infectious diseases, which is worth as much as £100m. As such, the All England Club is all set to get £100 million.
At the time of announcing the cancellation, the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) said:
“It is with great regret that the Main Board of the All England Club (AELTC) and the Committee of Management of The Championships have 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.”
Boris Becker, three-time Wimbledon champion pleaded On Twitter to the Wimbledon tournament chiefs:
“I really hope Wimbledon will wait… The tourney is first week of July… patience is a virtue.”