Wimbledon may be postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic

  • Wimbledon may be postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic

Wimbledon may be postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic

Organisers admit that postponement is not without significant risk and difficulty due to the nature of the grass-court surface while the idea of playing behind closed doors has been ruled out.

The tournament, which is the next Grand Slam on the tennis calendar in the wake of the French Open being postponed, is now slated to begin June 29.

All professional tennis is now suspended until the start of the grass-court season on June 7.

The new date for Roland Garros is just one week after the US Open finishes and clashes with the Laver Cup, the popular exhibition team competition set up by Roger Federer and featuring leading players from Europe and the rest of the world.

In a statement on Wednesday, the club said postponement and cancellation of the event, scheduled between 29 June-12 July, because of the impact of coronavirus were possible outcomes.

The ATP and WTA announced the suspension of the men's and women's tours until June 7, just three weeks before Wimbledon is due to begin. The tournament's build is set to get underway at the end of April and an outcome on its status is expected to be made as part of the assembly's agenda. The AELTC has ruled out playing the tournament without spectators, and admits that postponement may be hard due to the necessity of maintaining the grass surface.

Wimbledon organisers say a decision will be made next week on whether this year's Championship can go ahead as scheduled.

AELTC Chief, Richard Lewis claimed in a declaration: "The unmatched difficulty offered by the COVID-19 dilemma proceeds to impact our lifestyle in manner ins which we cannot have actually pictured, and also our ideas are with all those influenced in the United Kingdom and also around the globe".

"The single most important consideration is one of public health, and we are determined to act responsibly through the decisions we make", AELTC chief executive Richard Lewis CBE said in a statement.