The tournament was due to be played between 29 June and 12 July. But it was canceled because of coronavirus. Until 13 at least 13 July, there will be no professional tennis anywhere in the world. Wimbledon is the latest sport that has been postponed. Euro 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed for 12 months as well.
“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,” , said Ian Hewitt.
The All England Club didn’t need to make a decision before the end of April, but the writing has been on the wall for some time.
This would’ve been the moment in which the preparations would seriously begin. But it can’t happen because of the current restrictions in the UK.
The government’s advice that large gatherings should not take place is aimed, at relieving the pressure on the emergency services, which would otherwise be in attendance. It’s very optimistic to think that the demands on the health service will return to normal levels by mid-summer of course.
The All England Club wouldn’t want to be seen to be pushing ahead with a sporting event. Especially while the number of deaths increase and while the country remains in the grip of this pandemic. It would be better to face the facts and to plan a good return in 2021.
The All England Club had the foresight to take out insurance policies which will shield them from losses. They will be able to refund ticket holders, broadcast partners, and sponsors.
The Lawn Tennis Association will also receive its ‘ profits. The payment, which effectively funds British tennis’ governing body for the year ahead, was more than £40m in 2018.
The biggest blow for British tennis is the loss of the best shop window of the year. No Queen’s, Eastbourne or Wimbledon means no BBC TV exposure for the sport.
“I think we are going to have to draw a line under the 2020 tennis season” said Amelie Mauresmo, the 2006 Wimbledon champion.
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