COVID-19 Cancels Wimbledon
The COVID-19 outbreak has taken yet another sporting event as victim. As of this writing, the Wimbledon 2020 has been canceled.
The decision was made by the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) and the Committee of Management of The Championships due to the public health concerns that brought about by the global pandemic. As per the official announcement, The 134th Championships will instead be held on June 28 to July 11, 2021.
As for those who’ve already bought their tickets, all of them will be refunded. These ticket holders may still have the chance to watch The Championships 2021, as the management will offer them a chance to purchase tickets for the same day and court they originally intended to spectate.
“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. 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,” said AELTC chairman Ian Hewitt. “Our thoughts are with all those who have been and continue to be affected by these unprecedented times.”
The AELTC said that it will now focus its efforts on contributing to emergency response in their communities amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
“I would like to thank all those who love Wimbledon for their understanding of these unique and unquestionably challenging circumstances,” said AELTC chief executive Richard Lewis. “It is your passion for The Championships that has shaped our event over the years, and will continue to do so, and we look forward to preparing a fantastic Championships for 2021.”
So, there you have it—if you were looking forward to seeing some Wimbledon action this year, then you’d have to wait for much longer.