The edition of the 2020 Wimbledon tournament has been canceled as reported by the All England Club (AELTC) office and the Tournament Organizing Committee, which announced the new dates from June 28 to July 11, 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"We have made this decision giving priority to the health and safety of all who are Wimbledon -public of the United Kingdom and visitors, players, guests, staff, volunteers, sponsors, etc- before the responsibility that we have to collaborate in the eradication of the pandemic ", they have affirmed.
“ It is with great regret that the AELTC has today decided that The Championships 2020 will be canceled 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
Since the Covid-19 emergency began in January we have been guided by the indications of the UK government health authorities awaiting the evolution of the epidemic, both in Great Britain as in the rest of the world. The restrictions imposed by the Government in April make the preparation of the Championship scheduled for June 29, 2020 incompatible with holding the scheduled event, "they add.
Only Grand Slam with pandemic insurance
It is the eleventh time in history that Wimbledon has to be canceled Since its dispute began – it is the oldest Grand Slam – in 1888. It had to be suspended four times during the First World War and six times during the Second, being the club bombarded by the Germans on several occasions.
Wimbledon is financially protected from this incident by pandemic insurance . It is the only of the four Grand Slams that owns such insurance, so it will minimize the monetary losses of a tournament that generates more than 250 million euros annually.
Richard Lewis, CEO from the All England Club, thanked the help received from the International Tennis Federation, the ATP, the WTA and the British tennis federation in making this decision.
"I would like to give the Thank you to all those who love Wimbledon for understanding this decision in these challenging circumstances. It is your passion that has shaped Wimbledon over the years and will continue to do so as we prepare for a fantastic tournament in 2021, "added Lewis.
It is the second Grand Slam affected by the coronavirus after Roland Garros moved the 2020 edition from May to September.
All grass tournaments prior to Wimbledon suspended
In addition, the British Tennis Federation (LTA) announced Wednesday the suspension of all grass tournaments prior to Wimbledon.
“ Any fans who bought tickets to The Fever-Tree Championships or Nature Valley-sponsored events in Nottingham, Birmingham or Eastbourne, will have a choice of receiving a face value refund or rolling their ticket forward to the 2021 event https://t.co/MvTjSMlUa4 pic.twitter.com/YCMIOMmJ8P “
– LTA (@the_LTA) April 1, 2020
The tournaments for Queen's, Birmingham, Nottingham and Eastbourne have been canceled following the recommendations of the British Government and after the suspension, also announced this Wednesday, of Wimbledon.
The entire tennis circuit is suspended until, at least, next July 13 as announced by the ATP, the WTA and the Federation Tennis International.
LTA President Scott Lloyd explained in a statement that this is an unprecedented situation and that the health of players, spectators, workers, the press and sponsors must be "the priority number one. " "In the LTA we are going to work hard to support our broad community and ensure a strong return of our sport when conditions allow it," he added.