- The All England Club (AELTC) is likely to announce the cancelation of 2020 Wimbledon today.
- 2020 Wimbledon is going to be the first grand slam to be scraped since World War Two.
- US Open and French Open to happen for September 2020.
The coronavirus pandemic has put all the major sports competitions on hold. The officials in charge of the ATP and WTA have decided to put suspend the tour until June 7, but that date could get moved depending on the situation. The 2020 French Open, which was supposed to start in late May, was moved to September. Something similar is expected to happen with 2020 Wimbledon as well.
The All England Club (AELTC), which is the organization in charge of everything Wimbledon-related, has decided to hold a series of emergency meetings today to decide the faith of the 2020 tournament. According to the vice-president of the German Tennis Federation, Dirk Hordorff, the decision of the AELTC is likely to be to cancel the tournament.
2020 Wimbledon – First Grand Slam to Be Canceled After WWII
In a recent interview, Hordorff said that he has been in contact with other ATP/WTA officials and that the prevailing opinion is that the 2020 Wimbledon should be canceled. According to him, such a decision will be made on Wednesday at the AELTC meeting.
If his words come true, the 2020 Wimbledon is going to be the first grand slam tournament to get canceled in the post-WWII era. Speaking of grand slams, one already took place this year. We’re talking about the 2020 Australian Open, which was played back in January when the coronavirus outbreak was still in its early stages.
The other two remaining grands slam tournament are expected to happen this year. According to the current schedule, both US Open and French Open should be played in September.
2020 French Open Postponement Angers the World of Tennis
The 2020 French Open was supposed to start in May and finish in June, however, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the French Tennis Federation decided to postpone it. Although their decision was applauded as a reasonable one, many tennis officials have raised their concern about the dates picked for the tournament.
It was decided that the new date for the first match of the 2020 French Open is going to be September 20. The problem with this is that the last day of the 2020 US Open is just one week before, on September 13.
For that reason, many big names from the world of tennis have urged the French Tennis Federation to reconsider their decision. Dirk Hordorff, for instance, suggests that they will have to find new dates in order to prevent the whole situation from “degenerating into a chaos event”.