London: The ll England Garden Tennis Membership (AELTC) introduced that the 2020 version of the Wimbledon Championships has been formally cancelled. The AELTC mentioned that as an alternative, the Wimbledon will now be held from June 28 to July 11, 2021.
It marks the primary time since 1945 — in the course of the Second World Conflict — that the Championships gained’t happen in a tennis season and the primary time it has been cancelled within the Open period.
“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 cancelled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic. The 134th Championships will instead be staged from 28 June to 11 July 2021,” the AELTC mentioned in its assertion.
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It additionally mentioned that it has taken into consideration the impression of the cancellation on “those who rely on The Championships -– including the players and the tennis community in Britain and around the world,” and are growing plans to help these teams. “This also applies to our loyal staff, to whom we take our responsibility very seriously,” mentioned the AELTC.
Earlier, it was introduced by the French Tennis Federation that the French Open shall be held from September 20 to October 4. Nevertheless, that is still unsure with quite a lot of gamers mentioning the problem of enjoying a clay courtroom Grand Slam in the midst of the arduous courtroom season and due to the unfold of the coronavirus pandemic exhibiting no indicators of stemming in most components of the world.
The Wimbledon thus joins an extended listing of main sports activities occasions which have been cancelled or postponed as a result of pandemic which incorporates the 2020 Tokyo Olympics which can now be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021. The pandemic has claimed practically 45,000 lives on the planet thus far and the UK has reported nearly 30,000 instances as on April 1.
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