Wimbledon won’t happen in 2020, the All England Athletic Membership introduced Wednesday. Wimbledon had been scheduled to begin June 29.
In a press release, the All England Membership cited “public well being issues linked to the coronavirus epidemic.”
Uppermost in our thoughts has been the well being and security of all of those that come collectively to make Wimbledon occur – the general public within the UK and guests from all over the world, our gamers, friends, members, workers, volunteers, companions, contractors, and native residents – in addition to our broader duty to society’s efforts to sort out this international problem to our lifestyle.
Ticket holders shall be refunded and given an possibility to purchase tickets to the event in 2021. The All England Membership additionally stated that it’s creating plans to assist help workers, and also will deal with serving to the Covid-19 emergency response.
On Monday, German Tennis Federation vice chairman Dirk Hordorff instructed Sky Sports activities Germany that Wimbledon could be canceled, saying that it “is important within the present scenario.”
Through The Guardian:
“It’s utterly unrealistic to think about that with the journey restrictions that we at present have a global tennis event the place lots of of hundreds of individuals from everywhere in the world would journey. That’s unthinkable.”
The choice comes within the wake of backlash in opposition to the French Open, which pushed the beginning of its event again from Could 18 to Sept. 20 to the chagrin of tennis officers and gamers. The French Tennis Affiliation was criticized for making a choice with out consulting with gamers, nor with the ATP and WTA. Defending French Open champion Rafael Nadal has threatened to boycott the occasion.
Canadian tennis participant Vasek Popisil, who additionally sits on the WTA council, instructed the New York Instances that the postponement was “insane.”
“These are actually tough instances, unprecedented instances, and this simply goes in opposition to the entire concept of the tour working collectively. We’ve a calendar. We’ve discussions and negotiations between the Grand Slams and the ATP. … It’s only a very egocentric transfer. They’re mainly doing an influence play proper now, and it’s fairly boastful.”
Wimbledon will keep away from comparable ire, although on the lack of the world’s most prestigious tennis occasion. Information of its cancelation got here shortly after the Olympics formally postponed till 2021. Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep are the defending Wimbledon males’s and ladies’s singles champions, respectively.