The sporting calendar has been demolished since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, and there could be more events that could be cancelled over the coming days. The latest events to be cancelled have included the Olympic Games and the UEFA Champions League and Europa League finals. However, it would seem that the tennis Grand Slam season could be the next sport to be hindered.
The French Open has already been pushed back until later in the year, while the US Open remains in the same date. Meanwhile, Wimbledon could be postponed altogether, as the COVID-19 cases in London continue to mount. There are fears that there could be no Wimbledon championship this year should it be postponed, as it would be incredibly tough to reschedule the event for a later time in the year due to the congestion of the calendar already.
Decision Regarding Championships Expected Soon
The decision regarding whether the Wimbledon championships will go ahead will be made over the coming week. The tournament is set to start in July, but with many sporting events already cancelled around the same kind of time, there isn’t much hope that it will be going ahead this year. At present, the ATP have cancelled all tennis competitions until the 7th June, which means the door is still open for the grass season to begin on the 8th.
However, the warm-up competition at Queen’s Club looks almost certain to be cancelled, which means even if the Grand Slam does go ahead, they will be going into the event with no preparation for the competition. The All England Club have already reported that they are looking into rescheduling the date, but have admitted that finding the time to play the Grand Slam could be tricky. It would be unprecedented for the Grand Slam to be cancelled, but these are unusual times that we are currently living in.
French Open Already Rescheduled
The difficulty in rearranging the Wimbledon competition is mainly down to the French Open being rearranged. That Grand Slam will now take place at the end of September, which means there are just two weeks between that event and the US Open. It would be impossible for Wimbledon to be played later than that date as the rain would make it impossible to complete the competition in the two weeks that are needed.
The weather will be one of the biggest issues for Wimbledon, as only two of the courts have the roofs that are needed to prevent the halt of play. The very latest that the competition could be played is potentially August, but that would prove to be a nightmare for organisers and players, as the competitors will already be looking ahead to the final Grand Slams of the season by that point, which means their preparations will not be ready for the grass season.
An official announcement is expected over the next seven days, but it already isn’t looking good for the most prestigious Grand Slam event.