Wimbledon Canceled due to COVID-19;
ATP & WTA Suspended into July
Victoria Chiesa | April 1, 2020
Due to the ongoing global pandemic surrounding COVID-19, the All England Club announced on Wednesday that the 2020 Wimbledon tournament has been canceled.
"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 canceled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic," the statement read in part.
"Following a series of detailed deliberations on all of the above, it is the Committee of Management’s view that cancellation of The Championships is the best decision in the interests of public health, and that being able to provide certainty by taking this decision now, rather than in several weeks, is important for everyone involved in tennis and The Championships.ADVERTISEMENT
"The 134th Championships will instead be staged from 28 June to 11 July 2021."
The announcement marks the first time that Wimbledon has been canceled during peacetime, and the tournament's first cancellation since World War II.
“This is a decision that we have not taken lightly, and we have done so with the highest regard for public health and the wellbeing of all those who come together to make Wimbledon happen," said AELTC chairman Ian Hewitt.
"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. Our thoughts are with all those who have been and continue to be affected by these unprecedented times.”
To read the entire statement from Wimbledon, please click here.
In conjunction with the cancellation of The Championships, Wimbledon, the ATP World Tour, International Tennis Federation (ITF), and WTA Tour have jointly announced the continued suspension of all of their tennis circuits until July 13, 2020. The ITF suspension includes the junior, wheelchair, senior and beach tennis tours.
The USTA statement on the cancellation of Wimbledon, including as it relates to the current status of the 2020 US Open, can be found here.