With this unprecedented move since World War II, the Wimbledon tournament dating back to the late nineteenth century joins a series of sporting events that have been postponed or canceled due to the “Covid-19” epidemic that has caused the death of more than 43 thousand people around the world until today.
“The cancellation of the 2020 version is due to public health concerns related to the Corona virus epidemic. The 134th edition of the tournament will take place between June 28 and July 11, 2021,” the All England Club announced in a statement after an emergency meeting with its championship management committee set up on grass fields.
Wimbledon was scheduled to take place between June 29 and July 12, culminating in the grassland course season, but the cancellation was largely expected since last week, after the organizers confirmed that it is among the options they are considering in light of the current health crisis.
The announcement of the cancellation of the championship coincided with the confirmation of the associations of professional and professional players in a joint statement, to extend the suspension of their competitions until next July, which virtually eliminates the entire competitions of the herbal tournament season, as previously happened to the season of dirt tournaments, with the exception of the French Roland Garros tournament, the second of the “Gran” tournaments Shalim, “which was postponed to next September.
“In conjunction with the cancellation of Wimbledon, the ATB (Professional) and WTA (Professional) associations announce the continuation of the suspension of their sessions until July 13, 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” the two associations said in a statement.
The two parties had announced earlier to suspend the competitions until the seventh of next June.