Wimbledon canceled: Tennis world reacts to sport’s premier event being scratched
Yet another sporting event has been canceled due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Wimbledon on Wednesday announced that the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club (AELTC) had canceled the 2020 event — the first time that has happened since 1945 for tennis’ oldest and most prestigious tournament.
The announcement came in conjunction with a joint announcement from the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) that they would further extend the suspension of their respective tours, to July 13. Wimbledon was initially scheduled to run from June 29 to July 12.
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Unlike the Roland-Garros (French Open) — postponed until September from its usual late-May start — The Championships will not be held again until June 28, 2021.
It’s only natural that the event be canceled to prioritize the health of players and fans in the wake of an unprecedented pandemic. Likewise, it’s natural the players who would normally be playing on iconic Wimbledon’s grass courts be devastated:
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