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The organizers of Wimbledon, the third major slam tennis championships, announced on Wednesday that they will hold an emergency meeting next week to discuss several possibilities, including “postponement or cancellation” of the 2020 version, due to the outbreak of the Corona virus.
The tournament is scheduled to be played on the grass court of the All England Club between June 29 and July 12. But its fate is in doubt in light of the outbreak of the “Covid-19” epidemic, which caused the death of more than 20 thousand people around the world, and led to the freezing of various sporting activities now, and the postponement of major events that were scheduled during the summer, such as the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and two Cup championships. Europe and Cuba America’s football.
The All England Club said in a statement that it “continues to conduct a detailed evaluation of all scenarios regarding the 2020 championship, including postponement and cancellation, due to the outbreak of +19 Covid.”
He explained that his board of directors “is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting next week”, and will communicate with the various parties involved in the game, especially the Association of Professional Players, the Association of Professional Players, the International Federation and other major championships (Australia, France, and the United States).
The English club warned that “at the present time, and based on the advice we received from the official health authorities (in England), and the narrow window available to us for the establishment of the tournament due to the nature of the pitches, the delay will not be without great risk and difficulty”, stressing at the same time to “The option to play behind closed doors against fans was disqualified.”
The men and women associations announced this month to extend the suspension of competitions until at least next June. As for the French Roland Garros tournament, the second major tournament, which is held on dirt pitches, its launch date was postponed to September 20 instead of May 24.
But this move drew widespread criticism from players and other tournament organizers, as it was taken without consulting the other parties involved in the game. The new date for the French championship comes just about a week after the conclusion of another major tournament, the American Flushing Meadows.
But the Flushing Meadows organizers later announced that they would consider the possibility of a revised date. But the new period scheduled for Roland Garros will see the Lafer Cup show competition in Boston (25-27 September) with the participation of players from Europe and the rest of the world.
The organizers of this competition stressed that it will remain on time.
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