Just as Dirk Hordorff, vice-president of the German Tennis Federation, hinted a few days ago, the AELTC has made a decision to cancel Wimbledon 2020 due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus pandemic.
This is not the first time in the history of Wimbledon that the event will not be played, but it is the first time ever that the reason is not a war. The grasscourt tournament, established in 1877, was not held from 1915 to 1918 because of World War I and again from 1940 to 1945 because of World War II.
Wimbledon 2020 had been due to take place between 29th June and 12th July this year, but the 134th Championships will instead be staged from 28th June to 11th July 2021.
Moreover, the WTA and ATP have jointly extended the suspension of all tournaments until 13th July 2020, meaning that grasscourt season is definitely off. Two weeks ago, the WTA and ATP thought that play would resume in time for the tournaments on grass, but now it’s evident that not even in two and a half months will it be possible to organize large gatherings of people.
The US Open is the only Grand Slam that has been played every year since its first staging in 1881 and although a few weeks ago it looked like the tournament would preserve its intact continuity in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, now that New York City has an overwhelmingly growing number of people infected with coronavirus, the season’s final major is likely to be called off as well. However, USTA is still hoping for the best, as we can conclude from their today’s official statement:
At this time the USTA still plans to host the US Open as scheduled, and we continue to hone plans to stage the tournament. The USTA is carefully monitoring the rapidly-changing environment surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, and is preparing for all contingencies.